They will then be frozen and sent to the company’s studio in Cologne, where the sperm will ‘race’ towards an egg – lured by a chemical that encourages them across the finishing line. Three doctors, including a gynaecologist, will be on hand to make sure the they behave correctly, while cameras will record it all.
Endemol Germany’s president, Boris Brandt, denied yesterday that Sperm Race represented a new low point in dumbed-down TV. He claimed that the show had a serious scientific purpose. ‘Sperm Race is serious. Fertility is a big thing in Germany,’ he told Germany’s Bild newspaper.
‘About 1.8 million German men are unable to have children because they suffer from poor sperm. And there are disappointed girlfriends and wives, as well as parents who wait in vain for grandchildren.’