Deutschland sucht den Superstar (German for "Germany seeks the superstar") is a German television program, also commonly known by its initials DSDS. It is the German version of the Idols franchise, broadcast on RTL. (RTL owns the franchise worldwide.)
The producers were not allowed to use the words "pop" or "idol" in the title (Frank Farian has held title rights to "idol" since the 1970s in Germany, and a deal with the creators of Popstars forbids the use of the word "pop" for Pop Idol editions outside the UK, henceforth "(regional) Idol" in other countries).
The first season of Deutschland sucht den Superstar debuted without a lot of hype in October 2002 on the RTL network. The show's co-hosts were Swiss actress Michelle Hunziker and former soap opera actor Carsten Spengemann, and the jury consisted of music producer, composer and half of former duo Modern Talking, Dieter Bohlen, radio host Thomas Bug, British music journalist Shona Fraser, and the former president of BMG Germany, Thomas M. Stein. (Bertelsmann is the majority owner of RTL, which owns the franchise, show, and network in Germany.)
Through word of mouth generated by the appeal of its contestants and the presence of Bohlen's acid-tongued commentary, the show grew into a phenomenon ending with a finale viewed by an estimated twelve million viewers in March 2003. Following such a success, the second season was moved to air the upcoming fall during the higher profile 2003 fall schedule. The number of episodes increased, as did the show's budget and the charge for commercial spots.
Winner Alexander Klaws signed with BMG, the label in partnership with DSDS. Immediately post-finale, Klaws released three singles, most notably the coronation song "Take Me Tonight" which was written by Bohlen and debuted on top of the German singles chart, eventually becoming the second biggest selling single of 2003 - only losing to We Have a Dream, the pre-released recording of all ten finalists. As part of the promotion planned for the show's first winner, the song had been prerecorded ready to air on radio stations the week after the finale. Appearances on numerous entertainment/news shows followed, as did videos for the singles that began airing on MTV Central and VIVA. Klaws has subsequently had three albums and several hit singles mostly from his more successful first album. While his debut, Take Your Chance (2003, and its follow-up, Here I Am (2004), saw nationwide success and garnered him several ECHO nominations, his independent 2006 release, Attention failed to link on previous sales figures.
Besides Klaws, all finalists with the exception of then-pregnant Andrea Josten signed record deals with various companies. Runner-up Juliette Schoppmann also signed with BMG, but in contrast to public expectations she denied working with Bohlen. Its said that the ballad Für dich (performed by Yvonne Catterfeld) was originally written by Bohlen for her. It went on to become the best selling-german single of 2003 and the biggest success for the singer. Schoppmann instead released three independent singles (of which two entered the Top 10) and a solo album, Unique which eventually debuted in 2004. Due to moderate sales BMG dropped her shortly after its release. She is currently working on a comeback.
Third-placed Daniel Küblböck also expanded his nationwide but extremely polarising popularity with a contract with BMG. Until June 2004 he released four major succeeded hit singles and a number-one album, titled Positive Energien. However, further efforts failed on the charts after a controversial participation in the German version of I'm a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here! and the release of his flopped motion picture Daniel - Der Zauberer.
Vanessa Struhler became the protegé of Hip-Hop producer DJ Tomekk and saw solid commercial success with her first album, Ride With Me. Her second 2004 release failed to link on previous sales figures. Gracia Baur also was signed to BMG, but was dropped after her moderate succeeded Rock debut. She then signed with Bros Music and was selected to represented Germany in the Eurovision Song Contest 2005 with the song "Run & Hide", beating out former-DSDS-opponent Nicole Süßmilch in the german pre-selection. However, the track placed last (24th). Daniel Lopes (seventh) and Nektarios Bamiatzis (eighth) have had little success after the show.
|December 2||Alexander Klaws||Judith Lefeber||Daniel Küblböck|
|December 9||Juliette Schoppmann||Gracia Baur||Nektarios Bamiatzis|
|December 16||Daniel Lopes||Andrea Josten||Stephanie Brauckmeyer|
|December 21||My Superstar||Stephanie Brauckmeyer||Gracia Baur||Andrea Josten|
|December 28||Love Songs||Andrea Josten (2)||Daniel Lopes||Nektarios Bamiatzis|
|January 4||Hits of 2002||Nektarios Bamiatzis (2)||Gracia Baur (2)||Vanessa Struhler|
|January 11||Musical||Daniel Lopes (2)||Juliette Schoppmann||Vanessa Struhler (2)|
|January 18||The 80s||Nicole Süßmilch||Vanessa Struhler (3)||Juliette Schoppmann (2)|
|February 1||Big Band||Gracia Baur (3)||Vanessa Struhler (4)||Juliette Schoppmann (3)|
|February 8||Disco||Vanessa Struhler (5)||Daniel Küblböck|
|March 1||Movies||Daniel Küblböck (2)||Juliette Schoppmann (4)|
|March 8||Finale||Juliette Schoppmann (5)||Alexander Klaws|
This time, Elli Erl emerged as the winner with Denise Tillmanns as runner-up. Though Erl agreed to release the Bohlen produced coronation song "This Is My Life" in a remixed edition, she denied collaborating with him on her debut album due to musical and personal conflicts. Elli instead released a self-written song, "In My Dreams", which saw minor success only with a chart peak at number 40. Her debut album Shout It Out saw similar success, when it eventually debuted in October 2004. Two further singles were released afterwards but none of them became a commercial hit. A second solo album is now scheduled for spring 2007.
Unlike in season one, the other finalists hit on major problems when they watched out for record deals. Third-place finisher Philippe Bühler released two R&B influenced singles, "Warum?" and "Ich Kann Dich Lieben"; both of them entered the Top 40 of the German singles chart in winter 2005 and spring 2006 respectively. Anke Wagner (sixth) signed with independent label Perleberg, but neither her debut single nor her album entered the Top 100. Benjamin Martell (third) was signed to BMG, but was dropped when he demanded to write the album by himself. Fifth-place finisher Gunther Göbbel became part of the R&B duo Lemon Ice, whose cover single "Stand by Me" entered the German top 20 in fall 2006. Lorenzo Woodard (eighth) didn't release any music but enjoyed short popularity when he appeared on various reality-TV shows.
Semifinalist Žanamari Lalić (known as Jeanne-Marie) went on to audition for the shows croatian equivalent Hrvatski Idol and eventually won the contest one year later. Being a native croatian but living in Germany for a couple of years, Lalić went back to her homecountry to become a well known artist in the media as well as on local festivals.
|October 8||Jessica Houston||Denise Tillmanns|
|October 15||Judith Burmeister||Ricky Ord|
|October 22||Benjamin Martell||Kemi Awosogba|
|October 29||Aida Iljasevic||Steffen Frommberger|
|November 5||Elli Erl||Lorenzo Woodard|
|Anke Wagner &|
|November 22||My Superstar||Ricky Ord||Jessica Houston||Steffen Frommberger|
|November 29||Love Songs||Steffen Frommberger (2)||Kemi Awosogba||Lorenzo Woodard|
|December 13||Birth Year||Lorenzo Woodard (2)||Kemi Awosogba (2)||Judith Burmeister|
|December 20||Christmas Songs||Kemi Awosogba (3)||Benjamin Martell||Judith Burmeister (2)|
|January 10||Elton John meets Madonna||Judith Burmeister (3)||Gunther Göbbel||Elli Erl|
|January 17||Big Band||Aida Ilijasevic||Gunther Göbbel (2)||Benjamin Martell (2)|
|January 31||Disco||Anke Wagner||Gunther Göbbel (3)||Elli Erl (2)|
|February 7||Movies||Gunther Göbbel (4)||Elli Erl (3)||Benjamin Martell (3)|
|February 14||Judges choice||Benjamin Martell (4)||Elli Erl (4)|
|February 21||The 60s||Phillipe Bühler||Denise Tillmanns|
|March 13||Finale||Denise Tillmanns (2)||Elli Erl|
|Date||Eliminated||Eliminated||Eliminated/or Saved Last||Saved Last/or Saved First|
|December 14||Luca Krykon||Julian Kasprzik||Markus Derwall||Stephan Darnstaedt|
|December 17||Angelika Wolf||Selina Mateo||Laura Holstermann||Carolina Escolano|
|December 21||Didi Knoblauch1||Fabian Behnisch||Stephan Darnstaedt (2)||Daniel Munoz|
|December 28||Meri Voskanian||Sharyhan Osman||Lena Hanenburg||Dascha Semcov|
NOTE: Not in every case these were the people revealed by RTL in the results shows
|January 7||Greatest Hits||Carolina Escolano||Lena Hanenberg||Daniel Muñoz|
|January 14||80s||Dascha Semcov||Daniel Muñoz (2)||Lena Hanenberg (2)|
|January 21||Rock Hits||Lena Hanenberg (3)||Daniel Muñoz (3)||Nevio Passaro|
|February 4||Big Band||Daniel Muñoz (4)||Nevio Passaro (2)||Didi Knoblauch|
|February 11||Love Songs||Anna-Maria Zimmermann||Tobias Regner||Nevio Passaro (3)|
|February 18||#1 Hits||Didi Knoblauch (2)||Vanessa Jean Dedmon||Mike Leon Grosch|
|February 25||Soul||Nevio Passaro (4)||Vanessa Jean Dedmon (2)|
|March 11||Ballads||Vanessa Jean Dedmon (3)||Mike Leon Grosch (2)|
|March 18||Finale||Mike Leon Grosch (3)||Tobias Regner|
These are the last 10 contestants for the big live shows debuting on February 24 and ending on May 5: Lauren Talbot, Francisca Urio, Lisa Bund, Laura Martín, Julia Falke, Jonathan Enns, Thomas Enns, Martin Stosch, Mark Medlock and Max Buskohl.
The cast album for this season, called Power of Love, was released on 19 March 2007 and features these songs:
Note: These are the live results. These may not be dependent on actual percentage of votes.
|Date||Eliminated||Eliminated||Eliminated/or Saved Last||Saved Last/or Saved First||Saved First|
|February 7||Lindsay Stabe||Aleksan Cetinkaya||Jonathan Enns||Arcangelo Vigneri|
|February 10||Madleleine Boly||Dominika Mrugala||Nebiha Celenler||Julia Falke||Sarah Jahncke|
|February 15||Arcangelo Vigneri (2)||Dennis Haberlach||Tristan Iser||Jonathan Enns (2)||Martin Stosch|
|February 17||Priscilla Harris||Sarah Jahncke (2)||Laura Martin||Julia Falke (2)|
NOTE: Not in every case these were the people revealed by RTL in the results shows
|February 24||Greatest Hits||Laura Martin||Julia Falke||Jonathan Enns|
|March 10||80s & 90s||Jonathan Enns (2)||Thomas Enns||Martin Stosch|
|March 17||Power of Love||Julia Falke (2)||Lauren Talbot||Martin Stosch (2)|
|March 31||Today's hits||Francisca Urio||Martin Stosch (3)||Thomas Enns (2)|
|April 7||Big Band||Thomas Enns (3)||Martin Stosch (4)||Lauren Talbot (2)|
|April 14||Divas & Heroes||Lauren Talbot (3)||Martin Stosch (5)||Lisa Bund|
|April 21||70s & Dedications||Martin Stosch (6)||Lisa Bund (2)|
|April 28||Judges' choice||Lisa Bund (3)||Martin Stosch (7)|
|May 5||Finale||Martin Stosch (8)||Mark Medlock|
Because of the success of season four RTL decided to create a fifth season. This was announced just before the fourth season final show was shown on TV. There were several changes: Marco Schreyl became the sole host of the show, without the assistance of Tooske Ragas. Due to some arguments with Dieter Bohlen, Heinz Henn was replaced in the jury by Andreas "Bär" Läsker. Läsker discovered and is the manager of Die Fantastischen Vier (The Fantastic Four), and joined existing jury members Bohlen and Anja Lukaseder. The last substantial change concerns only one semi-final shows ("Top 15 shows") with the name Jetzt oder nie (Now or Never): So far the 10 best candidates had been determined by telephone and SMS voting. Instead the jury selected the Top 10 live in front of 1,000 spectators. The five contestants with the highest number of votes from the public went through to the motto shows. The judges picked five more contestants of the remaining 10 to join them. Later, the candidates enter the final shows with public voting as in the earlier series. With the new rules, the producers hope to increase the excitement and to prevent good candidates from being knocked out too early. The auditions started in August on Mallorca and - again - on Ibiza. From September on the casting crew toured throughout Germany. The first show ,Now or Never-Jetzt oder Nie, started on March 8.
The Top 10 are:
|March 15||Current Hits||Jermaine Alford||Stella Salato||Sahra Drone|
|March 22||Film Hits||Sahra Drone (2)||Stella Salato (2)||Collins Owusu|
|April 5||Mariah Carey & Take That||Stella Salato (3)||Benjamin Herd||Collins Owusu (2)|
|April 12||Greatest Hits||Collins Owusu (3)||Monika Ivkic||Benjamin Herd (2)|
|April 19||Judges' Choice||Benjamin Herd (3)||Rania Zeriri||Monika Ivkic (2)|
|April 26||Party Hits & Ballads||Rania Zeriri (2)||Monika Ivkic (3)||Linda Teodosiu|
|May 3||Germany Against England||Monika Ivkic (4)||Fady Maalouf|
|May 10||Number 1 Hits/ Beatles/ |
|Linda Teodosiu (2)||Fady Maalouf (2)|
|May 17||Finale||Fady Maalouf (3)||Thomas Godoj|
At the age of sixteen, in 1992, Aida escaped from her home country because of the Bosnian War, and she found a new home in Münster. She became the lead singer of her school's band, and became a back-up vocal for the cover band ROXANE. Interestingly, they were booked to perform on the Clubship Aida.
In the summer of 2003 Aida auditioned for the second season of the famous TV show Deutschland sucht den Superstar and easily made the cut to the top 150. She was eventually eliminated, but was later brought back with six other contestants to perform again. She fought for one of the three positions left in the top 50, finally making it to the semifinals.
After her experience on DSDS, Aida performed a few gigs with her former DSDS rivals Denise Tillmanns and Ricky Ord. Later, she became a member of the girl group CASTAWAY formed by German VJ Mola Adebisi. She continues to live in Münster, Germany.
In October 2006 her first single Sonnenschein, a duet with German Hip Hop band Rapsoul, entered the German single charts at #17.
After finishing high school she started a career as singer and songwriter. She worked as background singer for Mousse T., Seal, Shakira and Wyclef Jean. Together with N’gone Thiam, Boussa Thiam and Priscilla Harris, who was also a DSDS contestant (but was voted out just before reaching the Top-10 'Motto' shows), she founded 1996 the band Silvashado which performed (after first Boussa Thiam and later also N’gone Thiam left the band) as Duo until 2006. Urio also worked as fashion model and radio presenter for the radio station Jazz-Radio 101,9 in Berlin. In the musical show The Magic Night of Dancing Musicals she presented five songs as solo singer.
Martin Stosch was born on 30 July 1990. He was a girl-teen favorite because he was the youngest contestant on the show, which is possibly believed for his success on the show. In the first week of voting of the studio shows, he was known as one of the best. But weeks had followed, and Martin was found in the bottom 2/3/4/ and 5 (during Top 20) every week. He was finally voted out of the competition in the 7th mottoshow. But, Stosch was brought back onto the show because original Top 3 contestant, Max Buskohl quit the competition due to disagreements. Stosch surprised the public in the 8th result show when he beat an assumed finale contestant, Lisa Bund. Of course, no surprise had come in the final show when Stosch placed 2nd since Mark Medlock received about three-forths of the public vote.
Winner of the fifth season. 30 years old and born in the South of Poland, raised in Recklinghausen. His winning titel is called "Love is you" (available: 23 of May 2008).
Season 1: Top 7 (Musicals) Daniel Küblböck and Daniel Lopes were the bottom 2 of the night in which Lopes was sent home with the lowest number. However, Daniel Küblböck received the second highest number of votes.
Season 2: Top 5 (Film) Gunther Göbbel and Denise Tillmann were in the bottom 2 with Göbbel being eliminated with the lowest number of votes. However, Denise Tillmann received the second highest number of votes.
Season 2: Top 4 (Jury Picks) Benny Martell and Philippe Bühler were in the bottom 2 of the night in which Martell was eliminated with the lowest number of votes. However, Philippe received the second highest number of votes.
Season 3: Top 4 (Soul) Nevio Passaro and Mike Leon Grosch were in the bottom 2 of the night with Passaro being eliminated with the lowest number of votes. However, Mike Leon received the highest number of votes.
Season 4: Top 20 Shows (Men/week 2) Jonathan Enns and Martin Stosch were placed into the bottom 5. However, both of these contestants received the second highest and third highest number of votes over declared safe contestants Max Buskohl and Thomas Enns.
Season 4: Top 10 (Greatest hits) Martin Stosch was placed into the bottom 4, although he received the 5th highest number of votes with 7.59%. Max Buskohl received the 7th highest number of votes with 6.00% and was declared safe
Season 4: Top 9 (Hits of 80's and 90's) Max Buskohl was placed into the bottom 4 after receiving the 5th highest number of votes with 8.92%. Julia Falke placed with the 6th highest number of votes with 8.52% of the votes and was declared safe.
Season 4: Top 7 (Today's hits) Lauren Talbot and Francisca Urio were in the bottom 4 with Urio eliminated. However, Talbot received the second highest number of the votes.
Season 5: Top 10 (Greatest hits) Fady Maalouf and Jermaine Alford got placed in the bottom 2 with Alford eliminated. However, Maalouf received the second highest number of the votes while Stella Salato, who was the very first contestant to be declared save, only barely made the cut into the next round. Only two contestants in the suggested bottom five of that show (Alford and Collins Owusu) have actually been among the second half vote getters while Linda Teodosiu, Fady Maalouf and Benjamin Herd (who were declared as being in danger of getting the boot) all have been among the top 5 vote getters of that night.
Season 5 Thomas Godoj, the winner of Season 5, was placed into the bottom groups twice, but actually received the highest number of votes every week.