The German entertainment world has just been rocked by the announcement that Stefan Raab – German Eurovision legend – will retire from TV at the end of the year, ending his involvement in a number of ongoing shows.
Raab and ProSieben, the broadcaster he has worked with for over sixteen years, broke the news in a press release this evening. He said that he made the decision with “careful consideration and conviction” and that he was “greatly honoured” by his career.
A producer, comedian and performer, he is known to European audiences for his extensive work at Eurovision. Raab’s first involvement came in 1998 when he composed the absolutely bonkers “Guildo hat euch lieb” for Guildo Horn, before he took part himself in 2000 with the equally crazy “Wadde hadde dudde da?”
NDR asked Raab to create a preselection for Germany’s 2010 entry to Eurovision. “Unser Star fur Oslo”, of course, found Lena and her victory meant that Raab then hosted the 2011 contest alongside Anke Engelke and Judith Rakers.
In Germany Raab’s career has extended far beyond Eurovision. Since 1999, Raab has hosted the comedy talk-show TV Total, whilst also starring in “Schlag den Raab” where members of the public compete against him – a format copied around the world, often as “Beat the Star”. He also created the Bundesvision Song Contest, the ESC styled contest between the regions of Germany.
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