I hate to admit it, but we got totally wrapped up in the German version of American Idol, Deutschland Sucht den Superstar, this year. We haven't watched it since the first season 6 years ago.
My biggest problem with the show, besides the level of cheese, is that the winners are never talented. Every season, the talented people get voted off before reaching the top 3. The winners have always been talentless pretty boys, which for me was just a turn-off.
This year, we were already draw in by the casting shows. There were such a variety of characters. The German version of Simon, Dieter Bohlen, a major German record producer, seemed to have changed this season. Although he was still mean, his comments were not simply mean as in the past, this time he had many positive comments as well.
We also liked the variety of singers that made it to the top 10. Although all weren't superstar material, there were some great personalities. There was Holger the Entertainer (we really didn't like his singing though,) Vanessa the adorable 16 year old who sang wonderfully cheesy German "Schlager" hits, Cornelia who always had her harp in accompianment, Dominik also an adorable kid who sang James Blunt songs incredibly well, the scandalous Annamarie, and two incredible talents, Daniel and Sarah.
I have to admit, we were totally hooked. Last week, while having dinner with Joern's cousin and wife, we made them turn the TV on so we could see the semi-final, when Annamarie got kicked off the show.
Last night, the two finalists, I have to say, are both incredibly talented. There has never been a DSDS with such talents in the final. Daniel has seriously, an incredible voice. Joern, Marcel, and I all talked about how we would definately buy a CD from Daniel. Sarah, the other finalist, was able to sing Whitney Houston titles with almost more ease than Whitney herself. She has an amazing voice as well.
The final was quite suspenseful, as it was hard to make a choice between the two.
After Sarah sang her final song, the jury declared her the "Diva." She sang beautifully and had a beautiful presence on the stage. Then, after Daniel sang his final song, for the first time ever, Dieter Bohlen (the German Simon,) said that he truly felt Daniel had the potential to become a world star, following in the footsteps of Kelly Clarkson. Daniel clinched our vote, of course, our vote was mental and not real, but we really felt Daniel had the highest potential of any DSDS finalist.
In the end, Daniel did win, which was very exciting! I hope that he has good songs on his CD, that really could make or break him.
Now, we just have to avoid next year's casting shows, for fear of being pulled in again!