Status: 04.12.2023, 13:23 PM
By: Lisa Klugmayer
There are many casting shows in Germany. ESC legend Peter Urban now surprises with his harsh criticism of DSDS, "The Voice of Germany" and Co.
Munich – He was the voice of the ESC for 26 years, and in 2024 Peter Urban will host the Eurovision Song Contest for the last time. Reason enough for him to look back on the most exciting moments of his career, chat about impressive encounters with stars and reveal what he honestly thinks of all the talent shows on TV.
Sweeping blow from ESC legend Peter Urban: That's what he really thinks of casting shows like DSDS
Peter Urban has already had the greats in front of the microphone, but has also been able to observe the beginnings of his career at the ESC. But what does he actually think of the countless casting shows on German TV such as DSDS or "The Voice of Germany"? Not as much, as he now reveals on "Der Schlagerbrunch". "There are good ones and bad ones. One of the better ones is Voice," says Urban.
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"However, I have to say that young artists are sometimes led to believe that a scene is not realistic," he criticises. The candidates would believe that with the victory they had made the start of a great career. Some of them actually succeeded, but they also worked hard afterwards. Peter Urban's biggest point of criticism: "If you only sing songs, you can't make a career."
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These casting show candidates have the skills to sing well, but that's not enough for a career. "And living as a musician these days, making money, has become even more difficult. Record sales are down, CD sales are down. You can only earn money through performances, but you have to get them first," Peter Urban points out.
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Business is not easy. "And I think sometimes it's just to create entertainment on TV, young souls, young people are used and illusions are created that are completely unrealistic. And that sometimes hurts me," concludes Peter Urban.
There are many casting shows in Germany. ESC legend Peter Urban now surprises with his harsh criticism of DSDS, "The Voice of Germany" and Co. (photomontage) © IMAGO/Future Image & IMAGO/Future Image
Speaking of DSDS: In 2024, RTL will continue to rely on "Deutschland sucht den Superstar" and a prominent jury. This time, DSDS winner Beatrice Egli is also on the jury. Sources used:BR Schlager/Der Schlager Brunch – episode from 03.12.2023