Stars / Stefan Raab

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Born on October 20, 1966, in Cologne, Stefan Raab was a successful entertainer, musician and presenter for over 22 years. Since March 1999, he presented his late night show "TV total" on ProSieben. This show has spun-off numerous major TV events including the "TV total Wok WM", the "TV total Stock Car Crash Challenge" and "Das große TV total Turmspringen". With the "Bundesvision Song Contest", Stefan Raab launched a song contest between the German federal states in 2005 and also breathed new life into international "Eurovision Song Contest" musical competition. The highlight here: Lena Meyer-Landrut, who was discovered in his show "Our Stars for Oslo", won the ESC for Germany in 2010 for the first time in 28 years. From 2006 until December 2015, the sporty all-round talent battled against a rival in the Saturday night show "Schlag den Raab". The format is also enjoying great international success and has already been sold in 17 countries. A further highlight in Raab's TV career was his moderation of the "Chancellor Duel" in 2013: Together with three other moderators, Stefan Raab posed critical questions to German chancellor Angela Merkel and her challenger Peer Steinbrück and impressed with his political knowledge. He had already put the latter to the test in his political show "Absolute Majority". With the shower head "Doosh", which he designed himself, Stefan Raab has also joined the ranks of the inventors. "Doosh" has been launched successfully on the market since spring 2013. In December 2015 Stefan Raab ended his extraordinary TV-career.

- Stefan Raab began his studies in law and worked as an assistant at his parents' butcher shop.

- He started his television career in 1993 with the music video broadcaster VIVA. He hosted the show "Vivasion" until 1996 and received the prestigious "Goldenen Löwen" award in the Best Youth Program category.

- His first single "Ein Bett im Kornfeld", which was a hip-hop version of the crooner song by Jürgen Drews, became a commercial success in 1995 and Raab produced the album "Stefan Raab & die Bekloppten". He received the "Goldene Schallplatte" award (over 400,000 records sold) for "Hier kommt die Maus". Stefan Raab also produced the album "Dicke Dinger" by rap artist Bürger Lars Dietrich. His own album "Schlimmer Finger" appeared in 1997. Stefan Raab has received several Gold and Platinum awards as a music composer and producer.

- From May of 1997 to December of 1998, Raab hosted the radio show "WDR Eins Live Raabio".

- His unique passion for the Eurovision Song Contest was seen for the first time in 1998: As producer and composer "Alf Igel", he caused quite a stir at the Grand Prix with the Guildo Horn song "Piep, piep, piep, Guildo hat Euch lieb". In 2000 he participated in the European song contest himself with the song "Wadde hadde dudde da" and came in 5th in Sweden. In 2004 Max Mutzke was discovered in the TV total special show "Stefan sucht den super Grand Prix Star" - "SSDSGPS – Ein Lied für Instanbul" and came in 8th in Turkey with the song written by Stefan Raab. 2010 marked the height of Stefan Raab's "Eurovision Song Contest" career: In Oslo Lena Meyer-Landrut was the first German to win the Eurovision Song Contest in 28 years - with the song "Satellite". Meyer-Landrut, who was 19 at the time, had been selected by the audience in the ESC pre-selection show "Unser Star für Oslo", which had been initiated by Raab and produced by ARD together with ProSieben. Stefan Raab evaluated the musical performances of the 20 candidates as president of the jury together with alternating celebrity jury partners. In 2011 Lena again took part in the ESC as titleholder. Her contribution "Taken By A Stranger" was again chosen by the audience in the show "Unser Song für Deutschland" and Stefan Raab was again chairman of the jury. Together with Anke Engelke and Judith Rakers, Stefan Raab hosted the Eurovision Song Contest in Düsseldorf. All three of them together with the responsible team received the 2011 German Television Award in the Best Entertainment category.

- Stefan Raab hosted the entertainment show "TV total" on ProSieben since March of 1999. Numerous great German and international performers have talked with him, sang and danced on the show.

- The list of participants in the numerous TV total events is no less impressive. Since 2002 Stefan Raab entered competitions alone or in teams in various athletic disciplines. Whether "Wok World Cup", "Stock Car Crash Challenge" or "High Diving", Stefan Raab ambitiously faced up to the challenges in every event.

- The athletic all-rounder demonstrated his limitless ambition since 2006 especially in the Saturday evening show "Schlag den Raab". The show idea has already been sold to multiple foreign broadcasters and attracts the same high ratings with the "audience vs. host" concept as in Germany.

- In 2006 Stefan Raab animated audience members to vote in national elections one day before the official election date – and many representatives of the German political parties took part in a meeting at the TV total studio including Guido Westerwelle, Franz Münterfering, Günther Beckstein, Jürgen Trittin and Christian Wulff. Stefan Raab hosted the evening together with Peter Limbourg and received the "Goldene Prometheus" award in the "Coup of the Year" category for "TV total Bundestagswahl – wir wählen schon heute!".

- In the "TV total Pokerstars.de night" Stefan Raab has been regularly betting significant amounts with celebrities since 2006. Among the more or less successful candidates thus far were Boris Becker, Moritz Bleibtreu, Bully Herbig, Heike Makatsch, Charlotte Roche, Kai Pflaume, Florian Silbereisen and the regular guest Elton.

- "Schlag den Star", an altered form of "Schlag den Raab" has become an establishment in German entertainment since 2006. A celebrity competes against an unknown challenger. Stefan Raab serves as the joker that the challenger can use against the star in a particular challenge. Boris Becker, Joey Kelly, Guido Cantz and others have taken part.

- In 2011 audience members honoured the entertainer's activity once again with a television award and named him Best Entertainer in Germany.

- In September 2013 Stefan Raab was next to Peter Kloeppel, Anne Will and Maybrit Illner one of the hosts of the duel live on four German TV channels between chancellor Angela Merkel and her challenger Peer Steinbrück.

- In summer 2013 Stefan Raab premiered also as a product-inventor and presented his shower head of a new type "Doosh".

- In December 2015 Stefan Raab ended his successful TV-career with a last edition of TV total on December 16 and a last “Schlag den Raab” on December 19.

Nominations and Awards

2013
Die große TV total Prunksitzung
German Comedy Award
2012
Golden Rose
2012
Nominated for Grimme-Award
2011
German Television Award
2011
German Television Award
2011
BRAINPOOL
ECHO
2010
1LIVE Krone
2010
German Comedy Award
2010
German Television Award
2009
Nominated for German Comedy Award
2009
Goldene Henne
2009
Nominated for German Television Award
2009
Herbert-Award
2008
BAMBI
2008
Golden Camera
2007
German Television Award
2006
Golden Prometheus
2005
Grimme-Award Special