Stefan RaabBorn: October 20th, 1966, Cologne (West Germany)
Stefan Raab is the only Eurovision conductor in the history of the contest not to have conducted one single note: being the composer of the 1998 German entry, Guildo Horn’s comedy effort ‘Guildo hat Euch lieb!’, he insisted on taking the conductor’s bow, although all music came from a pre-recorded track. Guildo Horn finished eight. Two years later, Raab participated again, this time as the singer of his own creation ‘Wadde hadde dudde da?’, which came fifth. In 2004, he composed the best of his three Eurovision songs, the laid-back ‘Can’t wait until tonight’; performed by Max Mutzke, this German entry finished eight. In 2010, Raab was the jury president of the pre-selection process, dubbed Unser Star für Oslo (Our star for Oslo); the eventual winner, Lena Meyer-Landrut, went on to win the contest proper with ‘Satellite’.
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