Daniel Küblböck

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Daniel Küblböck (2011)

Daniel Küblböck (born 27 August 1985 in Hutthurm, Lower Bavaria) is a German pop-singer and actor who achieved short-lived celebrity in 2003, in the media-circus that surrounded the first season of Deutschland sucht den Superstar (DSDS), the German version of Pop Idol, in which he came third. He was briefly promoted as Daniel K, but reverted to his legal name when it emerged that this name had already been trademarked.

Daniel's androgynous public personality with his distinctive Bavarian dialect, was regarded by many Germans as a carefully cultivated media image of der schräge Daniel ("Wacky Daniel"). Tabloid newspapers reported that he loved wearing women's clothes, using cosmetics and collecting perfumes and incense.

After DSDS, Küblböck signed a contract with BMG. By June 2004 he had released four successful singles and one album. However, later releases proved less popular and after he appeared in Ich bin ein Star – Holt mich hier raus! (the German version of I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here!) and the release of his flop motion picture Daniel – Der Zauberer (Daniel The Wizard).

He was voted by the viewers of the German Tabloid TV channel Pro7 as the most annoying personality of 2003 and the second most annoying person in 2004.

On 24 February 2004, Daniel Küblböck caused a car crash with a truck, which received nationwide media attention. He suffered serious injuries. Küblböck was fined €25,000 and sentenced to eight hours of social work for driving without a license.

By 2006, the androgynous Daniel was gone and with shorter hair and a deeper voice, he experienced a rise in popularity. There were mixed reviews regarding his second album with some infusion of German pop-rock into the songs. His appearance on the popular dinner party show Das perfekte Promi Dinner ("The Perfect Celebrity Dinner") established him as a more audience-friendly personality.

Personal life[edit]

Daniel Küblböck has four siblings.[1] He has German and Italian ancestors. Küblböck completed his Hauptschule-education in 2001. His older brother Michael, who was described as a neo-nazi in German tabloids, died on 3 January 2013 in Berlin due to an Heroin overdose.[1] Küblböck had no contact for many years with Michael.[1]

DSDS performances[edit]

Albums, singles, and DVDs[edit]


Year Title Chart Positions Certifications
GER[2] AUT[3] SWI[4]
2003 "Positive Energie" 2 11 13 GER: Gold[5]
2005 "Liebe Nation" 54 - -
2008 "From Zero To Sexy (Live)" - - -
2009 "Jazz Meets Blues... Wenn Zwei Sich Verlieben" - - -
2009 "Leise Rieselt Der Schnee" - - -
2010 "Best of 2003–2010" - - -
2010 "Schrebergarten" - - -
2011 "Schrebergarten Live" - - -


Year Title Chart Positions Album Certifications
GER[2] AUT[3] SWI[4] THAI[6]
2003 "You Drive Me Crazy" 1 4 10 1 Positive Energie GER: Gold 150.000[citation needed]
"Heartbeat" 2 5 11 - Positive Energie
2004 "The Lion Sleeps Tonight" 7 29 37 - -
"Teenage Tears" 16 46 - - -
2005 "König Von Deutschland" 29 67 - - Liebe Nation
2007 "Born In Bavaria" 54 - - - -
2010 "Bodenmais [moacht's eich auf]" - - - - Best of 2003-2010


  • 2004 My Life Is Magic
  • 2004 Live on PE Tour 2003
  • 2007 Jazz Night
  • 2008 Back to the Roots
  • 2009 Jazz meets Blues... wenn zwei sich verlieben
  • 2011 Schrebergarten Berlin

as member of DSDS allstars - season 1[edit]

Year Format Title Chart Positions
GER[2] AUT[3] SWI[4]
2003 Album "United" 1 1 1
2003 Single "We Have A Dream" 1 1 1

as member of "4 United"[edit]

(project with Gracia Baur, Nektarios Bamiatzis and Stephanie Bruckmeyer)

Year Format Title Chart Positions
GER[7] AUT[8]
2004 Single "Don't Close Your Eyes" 18 50


  • Küblböck, Daniel in collaboration with Julia Boenisch (2003). Ich lebe meine Töne. Munich: Random House, 223 pages. ISBN 3-8090-3021-X.
  • Küblböck, Daniel (2007). Daniel Küblböck - My Way: Konzertbildband August 2005 bis Dezember 2006. Positive Energie GmbH, 103 pages.


  1. ^ a b c "Neonazi-Bruder von Daniel Küblböck ist gestorben". Die Welt (in German). 4 January 2013. Retrieved 9 January 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c "Daniel Küblböck - Music Charts". Acharts.us. Retrieved 2010-09-02. 
  3. ^ a b c Steffen Hung. "Discographie Daniel K.". austriancharts.at. Retrieved 2010-09-02. 
  4. ^ a b c Steffen Hung. "Discography Daniel Küblböck". swisscharts.com. Retrieved 2010-09-02. 
  5. ^ "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank (Daniel Küblböck; 'Positive Energie')" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie. 
  6. ^ "Was macht eigentlich...? - Poparazzi". New.de.music.yahoo.com. Retrieved 2010-09-02. 
  7. ^ "4 United - Music Charts". Acharts.us. Retrieved 2010-09-02. 
  8. ^ Steffen Hung. "4 United - Don't Close Your Eyes". austriancharts.at. Retrieved 2010-09-02. 

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