Stefan Raab ends Eurovision career

Stefan Raab ends Eurovision career
Stefan Raab was one of the masterminds behind the German victory in 2010. Photo: Elke Roels (EBU))
Berlin, Germany -

After being one of the leaders of the team that won the 2010 Eurovision Song Contest with Lena's Satellite and the male host of the 2011 edition of Europe's favourite TV-show, the German entertainer Stefan Raab, announced he's ending his career in this aspect.

"The Final of the 2011 Eurovision Song Contest was an absolute highlight of my Eurovision Song Contest career," Raab said. " I have decided I will not be involved as a host, chairman of the jury, composer and musical producer in the Eurovision Song Contest in Germany any more."

This means Raab will personally not be involved in the German national selection for the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest. His company, Brainpool, will most likely still be in the game for the future editions of the popular selection show Our Star For...

The Director of the German broadcaster NDR, Lutz Marmor told: "I thank Stefan Raab very much for the excellent cooperation which was always professional, helpful and great fun. Stefan Raab was essential in the success of Lena."

Thomas Schreiber, ARD entertainment coordinator added: "Stefan Raab is a clever man. The format for Our Star For... can be developed with a new chairman of the jury. In particular, I'm delighted that Stefan Raab will continue working with his colleagues from the German music scene on the German contribution to the Eurovision Song Contest in the future."

Stefan Raab wrote the music for the German entry in the 1998 Eurovision Song Contest, Guildo Horn's Guildo Hat Euch Lieb, and in the 2000 Contest he performed himself with the song Wadde Hadde Dudde Da?.

Raab cast the German entry for the 2004 Eurovision Song Contest on his show in a competition he called SSDSGPS (Stefan Sucht Den Super-Grand-Prix-Star, or Stefan Seeks The Super Grand-Prix Star in English). The winner of this casting, Maximilian Mutzke, came eighth in Istanbul, Turkey.

In 2010, he was the leading power behind the first edition of Our Star For Oslo, which lead to Lena winning the Eurovision Song Contest with Satellite.

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  • Posted on 31 May 2011 at 20:25
  • Posted on 30 May 2011 at 22:01
    Mach´s gut, Stefan!

    One of the most successful people in the history of the Eurovision Song Contest says goodbye.

    WADDE HADDE DUDDE DA? report to the moderator
  • Posted on 25 May 2011 at 23:11
    Well, he did a good job. :-) report to the moderator
  • Posted on 25 May 2011 at 10:47
    stefan was weird report to the moderator
  • Posted on 24 May 2011 at 03:05
    Oh hell no you won't.. Stefan is a legend.. i mean, he chose a winner.. and his opening act for this year was awesome! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 23 May 2011 at 00:09
    I'd like to say a huge DANKESCHÖEN to Stefan and Lena for bringing the ESC to Germany this year. I attended all four events in the arena, and without exaggeration I can say that it was one of the greatest weeks of my life so far.
    ESC RULES!! :-))) report to the moderator
  • Posted on 22 May 2011 at 17:43
    Thank you Stefan, that two years at ESC with you and Lena are the greatest I´ve ever seen. Especially the opening show this year - 120 points!!
    LG Zabby aus Hamburg report to the moderator
  • Posted on 22 May 2011 at 03:31
    thank god! we were all glad that ralph siegel is no longer on the scene, all we needed was a new ralph siegel. both of them just couldn't drop it, year after year after year. and as for that stealing the show during his version of satelite - he just couldn't resist that either! who wants to see a 45 yearold butcher standing with his legs astride singing rockabilly and then showing off on the drums.... too much!! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 21 May 2011 at 15:21
    Thanks Stefan and Lena. This was my best year in my LIVE. Thanks to all. Thanks for your very emotional moments. Your dedication and honesty.
    I'm like you in Cologne. And it is good to know, "Lena in good hands with you"
    There is no time to think about it. I am personally sad. And yet glad that you and Lena get Brainpool remain.What did LENA: "Here we go."
    The world is waiting for Lena and your music. ask "Lena" do it. Go go and conquer the world. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 20 May 2011 at 19:52
    I was upset. Cool man was Stefan. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 20 May 2011 at 16:31
    Am i the only one pleased about this news?
    Stefan knows what he's doing. He leaves at the climax of his eurovision career and that's good. Well done Raab, and bye bye. Time for a newer generation to take over :) report to the moderator
  • Posted on 20 May 2011 at 12:38
    Yeap, he is very funny and optimistic. No, come back Stefan. This years' hosts were really good. Anke, sincere, funny and very sweety. Judith very beautiful, also funny and cordial and Stefan, i don't know what's it but now i feel sad. I haven't seen him before ESC 2010 with Lena but it gave me great pleasure to know him. Thanks Stefan and Germany. Eurovision 2011 was one of the best in my Eurovision history for 7 years. Danke schön. İ hope that you all will like Eurovision 2012 in Baku too) report to the moderator
  • Posted on 20 May 2011 at 10:27
    For all Dutch speaking people here: become fan of Eurovision Belgium on Facebook and get to know all the latest news of the Eurovision Song Contest! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 20 May 2011 at 00:08
    That sounds like pretty bad news for Germany. Not everyone always liked Raab, but what he brought to Eurovision for Germany can't be praised high enough. The contest was really dead in Germany before he started to get involved in it in 1998. Since then the results without him were rather to be ashamed of. I't sure a big loss.

    By the way, Nikki and Eldar were on his daily show last night. They were nce of course. The performance wasn't the best, but it wasn't their fault. The sound wasn't good. It seemed there wasn't enough time for rehearsals. They just came over for this one show and went right back after. I thought it was pretty nice from them, but Germany is a big market of course ;) report to the moderator
  • Posted on 19 May 2011 at 21:49
    I think kazakhstan isnt allowed .. report to the moderator