Terms and conditions / Season 23

Terms and conditions for participating in the Take Off Show

Welcome to Take Off (the "Show") website (the "Site"), the online platform for the TV and social media show. These terms and conditions ("Terms") govern your use of the Site and your participation in the Show. By using the Site and registering for the Show, you agree to be bound by these Terms.


What is the casting all about?

What is the casting all about? Take-Off is a science game show of 13 episodes, in which 12 resourceful youngsters face tricky challenges. In each episode, one candidate must leave the show. The show will be broadcasted on RTL, Youtube and social media in 2024 and awards the top 2 winners with 5.000€ and 10.000€ in rewards.


What we expect from the selected candidates?

We expect applicants to be available during the Pre-Casting (6 and 7.06), and if selected, the Casting (10.06) and if selected for the show, also for the whole duration of the shooting periods:

  • 18.08-25.08 (and the 28.08 as a reserve day),
  • 19 & 20.10,
  • 6.11-9.11

Applicants who are selected to participate in the show will be required to sign a contract with the production company. The remaining candidates after the first shooting episode (18.08-25.08) will be requested to prepare a 3-minute science show, which they will present to the audience on the 20th of October during the science theatre episode. Additionally, they will be asked to record themselves with a phone camera (provided by the production company) in their personal environment and provide the production company with the video material. Some candidates may need to skip four days of school during the production period from the 6th to 9th of November. The FNR will take care of asking for the necessary authorisations to make this possible.


What do we offer?

We offer free training and support in the fields of social media, TV and live performances. Candidates that have participated in the show get an official certificate for their CV by the FNR.
Additionally, we provide the opportunities

  • to be part of large TV production,
  • win one of the prizes: 10.000 € or 5.000 €,
  • gain visibility on social media and on national TV,
  • present your own performance live in front of an audience,
  • Take part in science.lu outreach activities, such as radio shows, social
  • media videos or Science Festival workshops.


Application procedure

To participate in the show, there are a few necessary steps to follow.

  • Registration & Agreement to Privacy Policy
  • Passing the two rounds of the Pre-Casting
  • Signing a contract with the production company if selected for the casting
  • Passing the Casting


First, applicants need to register on the site “takeoffshow.lu” and provide complete and accurate information about themselves. Additionally, they must agree to our Privacy Policy, which outlines our use of your personal information. Deadline for submission is defined on the front page of the Site.

The Pre-Casting phase of the show consists of two rounds held over two days at the Lycée Aline Mayrisch in 38 Bd Pierre Dupong, 1430 Hollerich Luxembourg. Passing both rounds is mandatory for participation in the show.

During the first day of Pre-Casting, candidates are asked to bring an identification document (identity card or passport) and a parental authorisation (only for minors; autorisations will be sent by mail to the candidates concerned). The applicants are then required to complete individual and team tasks without any specific preparation. At the end of the day and based on the selection criteria the casting team will select the best candidates who will move on to the second day. The casting team consists of representatives of the André Losch Fondation, the Science in Society Team of the Fond National de la Recherche as well as from the production team. They may be visible to the applicants or work behind the scenes.

The second round of pre-casting will involve brief interviews with the casting team. The applicants will be asked various questions, including their motivation for participating in the show. The casting team will select up to 30 best applicants who can then participate in the first episode of the show: the casting episode.

By passing the Pre-Casting and participating in the filming of the show (Casting episode and studio episodes), agree to sign a contract with the production company. This contract, among other, prohibits them from discussing any aspect of the show with any person that is not involved in the show, including the challenges and their own position, until the official broadcast in 2024. Additionally, candidates are required to be available for all filming periods as determined by the production company. Failure to adhere to these contractual obligations may result in the imposition of a penalty or fine.
By registering for the Show, you acknowledge and agree that we may contact you regarding your participation in the Show, and that we may use your name, likeness, voice, and other personal information in connection with the Show, including but not limited to promotion and marketing of the Show.
The Storage and use of personal data is defined in the Privacy policy of the Site.



To participate in the Show, you must be between the ages of 15 and 21 at the time of the first shooting period and must be affiliated with a Luxembourgish school or have a diploma from a school in Luxembourg. By registering for the Show, you represent and warrant that you meet these eligibility requirements. If you are under the age of 18, you must obtain consent from your parent or legal guardian to participate in the Show (we will send this document by mail).
You may not participate in the Show and are under no circumstances be designated as a winner, if you are related closely (spouses, parents, children, brothers and sisters, regardless of their place of residence) or living under the same roof (whether or not related) with:

  • any person involved in the production of the Show, including but not limited to producers, directors, writers, and hosts.
  • employees from the Luxembourg National Research Fund ("FNR") or André Losch Fondation (ALF),
  • members of the Scientific Council and the Board of the FNR and the ALF


Selection Criteria

During the pre-casting and casting process, candidates will be evaluated by the casting team, that is composed of people from the FNR, ALF and the TV production agencies, based on the following criteria:

  • Number of correct answers: Candidates will be assessed on their ability to provide accurate responses to questions assessing general knowledge and logic.
  • Accuracy and speed of completing a handy task: Candidates will be evaluated on their ability to complete a given task accurately and efficiently. During the casting, the three fastest contestants to solve all the challenges will be selected automatically
  • Communication skills: Candidates will be assessed on their ability to communicate effectively, clearly
  • Language skills: Basic English understanding and speaking is required. It is not necessary to be able to speak Luxembourgish, however, it can be seen as an advantage.
  • Diversity of gender, age, and origin: The casting team is committed to promoting diversity and inclusivity, and as such, candidates from different genders, age groups, and cultural backgrounds will be given equal opportunities to be selected for the next phase of the casting process.
  • Show potential: We consider how applicants present themselves on camera.

The final decision on the selection of candidates will be at the sole discretion of the casting team, based on the above selection criteria and any other relevant factors deemed important for the success of the project. The candidates selected on the first day of the pre-casting will be contacted by phone at the end of the day. Candidates selected on the second day of the pre-casting will be contacted by telephone before 10.06. Candidates selected during the casting will be announced on the same day in the presence of all participants.


Intellectual Property

The Site and all content on the Site, including but not limited to text, graphics, images, and videos, are owned by us or our licensors and are protected by copyright and other intellectual property laws. You may not use any content on the Site for any commercial purpose without our prior written consent.
By participating in the Show, you grant us a perpetual, worldwide, royalty-free, non-exclusive license to use your name, likeness, voice, and other personal information in connection with the Show, including but not limited to promotion and marketing of the Show.


Prize Money

Prize Money The Show offers a prize of 10,000 € to the winner. A money price of 5000€ will go to the second place. The prize money will be awarded to the winner after the conclusion of the Show.


Disqualification and Termination

We reserve the right to disqualify you from the Show and/or terminate your use of the Site at any time and for any reason, including but not limited to violation of these Terms or any applicable law or regulation.


About the project

Following the sustained success of "Pisa Wëssensmagazin" and its character "Mr. Science," which was co-produced with the Luxembourg National Research Fund (FNR), the FNR has now partnered with the André Losch Foundation (ALF) to take it a step further and produce Take-Off, a Science Game Show that places the young generation in the spotlight.
To ensure that our show format reaches our target audience, we place special emphasis on social media platforms such as Instagram, TikTok and Facebook, as well as "Video on Demand" (RTL Play, YouTube).
In conjunction with the show, educational resources, such as explanatory videos and articles, will be developed for schools in collaboration with SCRIPT and published on the science.lu webpage to support and motivate teachers to replicate scientific challenges in their classrooms.
Take-Off is a collaborative initiative between the André Losch Foundation (ALF) and the Luxembourg National Research Fund (FNR), and RTL will broadcast the show on their TV channel. Take-Off draws inspiration from the successful Estonian show Rakett69, now in its 14th season. The format is developed in Estonia and funded by the European Social Fund through the Estonian Research Council and the Ministry of Education and Research of the Republic of Estonia.
The show in Luxembourg will be produced by a collaboration of three agencies, FreeLens TV, Brainplug, and TV MOAST Creative Studio. Kvark is the company that provides the science challenges for the show.


Disclaimer of warranties

The site and the show are provided on an "as is" and "as available" basis. We make no representations or warranties of any kind, express or implied, as to the operation of the site, the availability, accuracy, or completeness of the content on the site, or the show. To the fullest extent permissible by applicable law, we disclaim all warranties, express or implied, including but not limited to implied warranties of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose, and non-infringement.


Limitation of liability

In no event shall we be liable for any direct, indirect, incidental, special, consequential, or exemplary damages, including but not limited to damages for loss of profits, goodwill, use, data, or other intangible losses, arising from your use or inability to use the site or the show, even if we have been advised of the possibility of such damages. To the extent permitted by applicable law, our total liability to you for all claims arising out of or relating to the use of or any inability to use any portion of the site or the show, or otherwise arising under these terms and conditions, whether in contract, tort, or otherwise, is limited to the amount you paid, if any, to access the site and the show.



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