This evening I watched the casting show Unser Star für Baku (Our Star for Baku). It is a show to select a singer to represent Germany in the EuroVision Song Contest to be held in Baku, Azerbaijan. Yes it is yet another casting show. Well I do not intend to bore you about the details of the show, the quality of the singers or what they wore. However I would like to write about the producer of the show, Stefan Raab.
To begin with, I am not a fan of German television. Often successful American or British shows are either dubbed or copied. But with 80 million potential viewers I expect more originality. There is one exception though and that is Stefan Raab. In fact did you know that “Beat the Star” is a franchise of “Schlag den Raab” (Beat the Raab)?
Stefan Raab is a TV pioneer. He is constantly coming up with new show ideas and the interesting thing is that they are all very entertaining. What makes him so unique and successful? I believe it is because he is fearless. While fear of failure has kept me back from doing many things in my life, Stefan Raab seems to be the exact opposite. He is willing to take risks and if something doesn’t turn out as good as he planned then he moves onto something else. Another reason for his success, in my humble opinion, may be the fact that he is really good at what he does. For instance as part of the jury of a song competition, he shows that he knows what he is talking about. He is a multi-talent. Looking at his early vitae you wouldn’t necessarily trust him with such a task. He used to work as a butcher and dropped out of law school after 5 semesters. I am glad that he did not become a lawyer or remain a butcher because it would have been a loss of a high calibre entertainer that he is.
Stefan Raab gives the impression that he is not one to rest on his laurels. He is constantly looking to improve or innovate his existing shows. He also loves challenges and thrives under stressful conditions. That may be one reason, why the Schlag den Raab series is extremely successful. People like to watch him reach his boundaries and maybe even hope for him to fail. But Stefan Raab is a fighter and it is really impressive to watch him gather very single ounce of energy or concentration and come out the winner in the end. Of course he has lost a couple of times but that only creates more sympathy for him.He is definitely a valuable addition to the television landscape in Germany. If only there were more of such creative people in the media industry in Germany. Oh well, while there is life there is hope. In the mean time I am curious as to what Stefan Raab would come up with next.