Deutschland sucht den Superstar (German Idol) 2012
The 9th season of Deutschland sucht den Superstar, the German version of American Idol, is underway. Earlier tonight, the 16 semifinalists sang for a spot in the final 10. Here are the 16 contestants:
Hamed Anousheh - 25 years old - from Cologne
Silvia Amaru - 21 years old - from Hamburg
Luca Haenni - 17 years old - from Uetendorf, Switzerland (Swiss and Austrian citizens are eligible to compete on DSDS, as those countries don't have their own Idol franchises)
Fabienne Rothe - 16 years old - from Dormagen
Jesse Ritch - 20 years old - from Schoenbuhl-Urtenen, Switzerland
Vanessa Krasniqi - 17 years old - from Iserlohn (runner-up in Das Supertalent 2008 [the German version of America's Got Talent])
Joey Heindle - 18 years old - from Freising
Ursula "Uschi" James - 20 years old - from Bad Kissingen (by way of the USA; her father is African-American and her mother is German)
Dennis Richter - 27 years old - from Berlin (his father is Turkish)
Jana Skolina - 21 years old - from Oberhausen (by way of Latvia)
Daniele Negroni - 16 years old - from Regensburg
Angel Burjansky - 16 years old - from Sankt-Augustin
Christian Schoene - 34 years old (some Idol shows have higher age maximums than American Idol does) - from Frankfurt am Main
Marcello Ciurlia - 16 years old - from Seligenstadt (his parents are from Italy)
Kristof Hering - 22 years old - from Hamburg
Thomas Pegram - 27 years old - from Hohenems, Austria
These glamour shots are a lot better than those that American Idol uses, that's for sure. These 16, even the uglier ones, look downright presentable.
The judges for DSDS are: Dieter Bohlen, who was one-half of the 1980s band Modern Talking; Bruce Darnell, who is pretty much a butch version of Miss J from ANTM; and Natalie Horler, the front-woman of the dance act Cascada.
While their American Idol counterparts spent part of the last round in Las Vegas, the DSDS contestants went to the Maldives, an island country in the Indian Ocean. It was there that the eventual 16 semifinalists were chosen.
All the info (if you know German) can be found @ http://www.rtl.de/cms/sendungen/superstar.html