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Stefan Raab (1966)

Stefan Konrad Raab

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Stefan Konrad Raab is a German entertainer, television host, comedian and musician. Raab began his television career hosting the comedy show Vivasion in 1993 and has been hosting the late-night comedy show TV total since 1999. He became well known in 1994 after composing a hit single spoofing national football coach Bertie Vogts in 1994. Raab has also been the creator of a number of other television shows, such as Schlag den Raab and Bundesvision Song Contest. He is considered the "most powerful man in German entertainment television".

Raab is also known for his recurring role as producer, writer and performer of German entries to the Eurovision Song Contest. He was involved in the organisation of the national pre-selection show Unser Star für Oslo , in which Germany's winning entry at the 2010 contest in Oslo was determined.

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Stefan Raab became popular as host of the comedy show Vivasion for the German music television channel VIVA from 1993 to 1998.

Since 1999 he has been the host and creator of TV total, which since April 2001 airs on ProSieben four times a week. While TV total started as a comedy format mainly showing and satirising funny and embarrassing sequences from other television programmes, it soon came to be more of a late night show featuring musical performances, in some ways similar to the Tonight Show with Jay Leno or Late Night with Conan O'Brien.

After a boxing-match against Regina Halmich in 2001 and a speed skating race against Claudia Pechstein in 2002, he also created several other celebrity sports events that are produced regularly, including TV total Turmspringen and TV total Stock Car Crash Challenge .
He also invented new sports: In November 2003 he initiated the first "official" World Wok racing Championship in Winterberg, Germany. Modified Chinese woks are used to make timed runs down an Olympic bobsled track. The championship has taken place every year since, most recently in March 2011 in Innsbruck. 2007 was the year of the first Autoball EM, autoball being a version of football played in cars and using an exercise ball to score goals.

In 2006 Raab invented the game show Schlag den Raab (German for Beat the Raab, remade for British television as Beat the Star and as "Beat your host" in several other European countries), in which he competes against a contestant in various disciplines - some episodes of the show lasted more than five hours with excellent quotas.

Raab frequently organises PokerStars.de Nacht, a poker event featuring general celebrities.

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Raab began working as a freelance producer and composer of jingles and radio commercials in 1990 at his own studio in Cologne.

From 1994 onwards, he produced a number of popular songs, including "Böörti Böörti Vogts" , "Hier kommt die Maus" ("Here comes the mouse", a tribute to the children's television series Die Sendung mit der Maus), "Maschendrahtzaun", "Wir kiffen", "Gebt das Hanf frei!" ("Legalise Dope!", featuring Shaggy and samples from German politician Hans-Christian Ströbele), "Hol' mir ma' 'ne Flasche Bier" ("Get me a bottle o' beer", containing samples from then-Chancellor Gerhard Schröder), and "Space Taxi" from the soundtrack of the movie Traumschiff Surprise - Periode 1

He wrote the song for the German entry to the Eurovision Song Contest 1998, Guildo Horn's "Guildo hat euch lieb!", and in the Eurovision Song Contest 2000 he took part himself, performing the nonsense song "Wadde hadde dudde da?". Raab cast the German entry for the 2004 Eurovision Song Contest in a talent show contest called SSDSGPS ("Stefan sucht den Super-Grand-Prix-Star", "Stefan seeks the super Grand-Prix star", satirising the title of the German Idol series Deutschland sucht den Superstar). The winner, Maximilian Mutzke, came in eighth place.

Bored with the Eurovision Song Contest, Raab came up with the Bundesvision Song Contest in 2005 . The contest features representatives from each of the 16 states of Germany and stipulates that their song has to be at least partly in German.

In 2009, Raab was approached by the public broadcaster NDR, a member of the ARD broadcasting consortium, to jointly organise a national preselection in order to determine the German entry for the Eurovision Song Contest 2010. It was revealed that Raab initially refused the request, but that his television network ProSieben accepted the offer to work with ARD/NDR. As a result of the cooperation, the talent show contest Unser Star für Oslo took place from 2 February 2010 onwards, stretching across 8 shows. Raab took a lead role in the programmes as head of the jury. In the national final on 12 March 2010 Lena Meyer-Landrut emerged as winner. On 29 May 2010 Meyer-Landrut won the Eurovision Song Contest 2010 with the song "Satellite", claiming the first German Eurovision victory in 28 years.

As a musician, Raab is an autodidact, playing various instruments, such as piano, drums, guitar, ukulele and some wind instruments.

Participation at the Eurovision Song Contest
As of May 19, 2011 Raab ends his Eurovision career as a host, chairman of the jury, composer and musical producer.

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