Arabella Kiesbauer

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Arabella Kiesbauer
Arabella Kiesbauer.jpg
Kiesbauer at Advent celebration 2004
Born Cosima Arabella-Asereba Kiesbauer
(1969-04-08) April 8, 1969 (age 45)
Vienna, Austria
Occupation TV presenter, writer, actress
Years active 1989–present
Known for Hosting Arabella, Starmania and the Vienna Opera Ball
Spouse(s) Florens Eblinger (m. 2004)
Children 2

Cosima Arabella-Asereba Kiesbauer (born April 8, 1969 in Vienna, Austria), known professionally as Arabella Kiesbauer, is an Austrian TV presenter, writer and actress. She grew up in Vienna with her grandmother after her mother Hannelore (a German theater actress) and her father Sammy Ammissah (an engineer from Ghana) separated.

Life and career[edit]

Arabella Kiesbauer, October 2007

While she studied journalism and dramaturgy she started to work as presenter with the Austrian public service television broadcaster ORF.[1]

From 1994 to 2004 she hosted her own daily talk show Arabella on the German TV channel Pro7. On January 17, 2006 she started a weekly late night talk show Talk ohne Show on the Berlin TV station N24 TV.[2] However, after 40 shows she resigned suddenly claiming that the frequent traveling between Vienna and Berlin was putting too much stress on her private life.[3]

Arabella Kiesbauer won several awards for her TV work, 1994 the Bayerischen Fernsehpreis in the category Beste Talk-Newcomerin and 1996 the media award Das Goldene Kabel. She appeared in the German Playboy on the cover and 14 pages in July 1995.[4] Arabella Kiesbauer also works as a model and fashion ambassador for the shoe company Vögele Shoes.[5]

Personal life[edit]

On June 9, 1995 she was the target of a letter bomb at the Pro7 studios. However she did not open the letter; this being done by her assistant who was subsequently injured by the bomb.[6]

Since November 2004, Kiesbauer has been married to the Viennese businessman Florens Eblinger.[7] They have a daughter called Nika who was born in Vienna on December 2, 2007 and a son Neo born on December 19, 2010.[8]

TV work[edit]

  • 1989–1993: Presenter of ORF youth magazine show, X-Large
  • 1990/1991: Presenter of 3Sat city series, Inter-City
  • 1991: Presenter of ProSieben magazine show, Rund um Hollywood
  • June 1994–2004: Presenter of the ProSieben talk show, Arabella
  • Feb. 1996–Apr. 1997: Presenter of ProSieben show, Arabella night
  • Sept. 1996: Presenter of ProSieben special broadcast, Arabella Help!
  • 2002–2004, 2006–2009: Presenter of the ORF casting show, Starmania
  • 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2006: Presentation of the Wiener Opernball[9]
  • August 2004: Presenter of the Sound of Football gala
  • Autumn 2004: Presenter of the Die Austro-Pop-Show
  • Since 2006: Presenter of the N24 late night talk show, Arabella Kiesbauer
  • On 17 December 2007, she hosted the 2007 FIFA World Player of the Year awards in Zurich with Rainer Maria Salzgeber[10]
  • May 2015: Presenter of the Eurovision Song Contest 2015, alongside Mirjam Weichselbraun and Alice Tumler[11]



  • Number one (CD 1994, Eviam Musi (DA Music), EAN 4018771410320)
  1. Tonight
  2. Cold Fever
  3. All I Want (Classic-Mix)
  4. True Love
  5. No More Lonely Nights
  6. Life

7. Tonight (Moonlight-Mix)
8. When The Sun Goes Down
9. No One Like You
10. All I Want (Groove-Mix)
11. What A Love
12. Still My Number One

  • CD compilation Arabella Soul Night
  • Girl-Power (2000, presented by Arabella Kiesbauer)


  1. ^ ORF Biography (in German)
  2. ^ N24
  3. ^ Zuviele Koffer in Berlin
  4. ^ Playboy covers
  5. ^ Vögele Shoes
  6. ^
  7. ^ NEWS Arabellas geheime Hochzeit
  8. ^ Kurier Arabella Kiesbauer bekam Tochter
  9. ^ ORF Opernball Geschichte
  10. ^
  11. ^ Siim, Jarmo (19 December 2014). "Who gets to host Eurovision in Vienna?". Retrieved 19 December 2014. 

External links[edit]

Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Denmark Lise Rønne, Nikolaj Koppel and Pilou Asbæk
Eurovision Song Contest presenter
(with Mirjam Weichselbraun and Alice Tumler)

Succeeded by