At Eurovision 2004, he gave Germany an eighth-place finish with “Can’t Wait Until Tonight”. Now, 15 years later, Max Mutzke has gone on to win the first German series of The Masked Singer. But the twist is — the audience didn’t know who they were voting for.
The Masked Singer is a celebrity singing contest based on a popular South Korean show format. The acts range from established singers to amateurs from other fields, such as sports and acting, who just fancy a singalong. But while all the contestants are household names in Germany, they can’t rely on their fame.
The contestants all perform in disguise, wearing elaborate costumes that hide their true identity. The German series featured a Squirrel, an Angel, an Octopus and an Astronaut. But regardless of the costume, it ends up being all about the voice.
From early in the series, the Astronaut stood out. His rich soul voice impressed both the studio audience and jury panel, as well as viewers both in Germany and international series fans.
Right from the start, there was speculation that the Astronaut was Max Mutzke. But no one knew for sure until the series grand final this week, where the Astronaut was declared the winner and removed his helmet to confirm his identity. The spaceman was indeed Max Mutzke.
Max Mutzke at Eurovision 2004
Max Mutzke represented Germany at Eurovision 2004 with the jazzy soul song “Can’t Wait for Tonight”. He won the ticket to Istanbul after placing first in the German national final. Max had entered the national final as a wildcard contestant.
The song was written by German’s Eurovision maestro Stefan Raab. In the grand final performance, Max performed part of his song in Turkish, in tribute to the Eurovision 2004 host country.
“Can’t Wait for Tonight” picked up 93 points from the televote (there was no jury vote in 2004), which gave Germany an eighth-place finish.
Max went on to release seven albums in Germany, most recently Colors in 2018.
With his Masked Singer win — and with Max’s voice sounding better than ever — fans are now wondering if he should make a return to Eurovision.
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