Stefan Raab

Born: October 20th, 1966, Cologne (West Germany)
Nationality: German

After an unfinished bar study at university, Stefan Raab started working as a freelance composer of radio commercials in 1990. In the 1990s, he became a television personality, hosting the show ‘Vivasion’ on nationwide music channel VIVA. Simultaneously, he began composing and producing songs, mainly novelty records. Since 1999, he has been the presenter of TV Total, a late night show which has been broadcast by ProSieben four times a week since 2001. In 2005, intending to create a better version of the Eurovision Song Contest, Raab initiated the Bundesvision Contest, with songs from all sixteen states of 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’.

In due course, a more extensive biography of Stefan Raab will be published on this website


Songs conducted
1998: Guildo hat euch lieb