Thomas Godoj

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Thomas Godoj
Thomas Godoj - Jetix-Award - YOU 2008 Berlin (6972).jpg
Thomas Godoj at Jetix Award, Berlin 2008
Background information
Birth name Tomasz Jacek Godoj
Born (1978-03-06) 6 March 1978 (age 36)
Rybnik, Poland
Origin Recklinghausen
North Rhine-Westphalia
Germany
Genres Poprock
Alternative rock
Occupations Singer
Songwriter
Draftsman
Years active 2003 (with "Cure of Souls") – present
Labels SonyBMG
Website ThomasGodoj.de

Thomas Godoj (born 6 March 1978 in Rybnik, Silesia, Poland) is a naturalized German rock-pop singer and songwriter of Polish origin. He was the winner of the fifth season of Deutschland sucht den Superstar, the German version of Pop Idol.

Early life[edit]

Godoj was born on 6 March 1978 in Rybnik, Poland to Danuta and Eugen Godoj. In 1988, along with his parents and his sister Hannah, he moved to Recklinghausen. Thomas then attended a secondary school and passed his specialty graduation examination for a career as a technical draftsman. He attended the Bochum University of Applied Sciences, specializing in civil engineering. During his studies, he became interested in music and played with local bands such as Cure of Souls, Fluxkompensator, Tonk! and WINK.

DSDS[edit]

Thomas Godoj, Oschersleben

In the summer of 2007, Godoj auditioned in Berlin for the fifth season of Deutschland sucht den Superstar. The judges enjoyed his rock style and attitude and each one voted him on to the next round, and later to the top 15. In the first live show, Thomas performed Chasing Cars by Snow Patrol and received over a minutes standing ovation from the audience while the jury gave him overwhelming praise. Week after week, Thomas performed for Germany until he reached the Top 2. Godoj won the final contest with 62.2%.

Although Thomas was a front-runner from the start of the competition, he landed in the bottom groups twice during live result shows. But after the voting results were published, it was shown that Thomas received the highest percentage of votes every week. This places him in DSDS history, along with Mark Medlock, as a contestant with the highest number of votes each week. Technically, he should also rank with Medlock and Alexander Klaws as the only winner never in the bottom 3, as he ranked the highest every week but the bottom group was picked at complete random. He is the second "rocker" to win the competition alongside Tobias Regner.

After the DSDS show he got back together with his ex girlfriend Jennifer. Their first daughter Lynn Jennifer Godoj was born on 3 January 2009.[1]

Theme Song Original Artist Result
Auditions in Berlin Fairytale Gone Bad Sunrise Avenue Advanced to Recall
Recall 1 Wherever You Will Go The Calling Advanced
Recall 2 (Group Performance) Here Without You 3 Doors Down Advanced
Recall 3 Dieser Weg Xavier Naidoo Advanced to Top 15
Theme (date) Song Original Artist Place/Percentage
Top 15 Show: Jetzt oder nie (8 March 2008) Chasing Cars Snow Patrol 47.50%(1/15)
Current Hits (15 March 2008) Stark Ich + Ich 52.75%(1/10)
Greatest Film Hits (22 March 2008) Same Mistake James Blunt 39.88%(1/9)
Mariah Carey and Take That (5 April 2008) Rule the World Take That 52.10%(1/8)
Greatest Hits (12 April 2008) I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For U2 40.81%(1/7)
Judges' Choice (19 April 2008) Shadow of the Day Linkin Park 50.38%(1/6)
Party Songs and Ballads (26 April 2008) You Get What You Give New Radicals 50.04%(1/5)
Behind Blue Eyes The Who
Germany vs. England (3 May 2008) Wonderwall Oasis 46.83%(1/4)
Mensch Herbert Grönemeyer
No. 1 Hits, The Beatles, Dedications (10 May 2008) In the Shadows The Rasmus 46.34%(1/3)
Let It Be The Beatles
Easy Faith No More
Final (17 May 2008) Fairytale Gone Bad Sunrise Avenue 62.20%(Winner)
Chasing Cars Snow Patrol
Love Is You Thomas Godoj

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Year Information Chart positions Sales IFPI certifications
GER AUT SWI WOR
2008 Plan A!
  • Debut studio album
  • Released: 4 July 2008
1
1
3
18
  • Germany: 200,000+
  • Germany: 18th best-selling album of 2008 [2]
  • Austria:
  • Germany: 1x Platinum
  • Switzerland:
2009 Richtung G
  • Second studio album
  • Released: 20 November 2009[3]
15
2011 So gewollt
  • Third studio album
  • Released: 14 October 2011[4]
24
67
82
2013 Männer sind so
  • Fourth studio album
  • Released: 31 May 2013[5]
28

Singles[edit]

Year Single Chart positions Album
GER AUT[6] SWI LIT LUX EUR[7] WOR
2008 "Love Is You" 1 1 1 1 1 10 26 Plan A!
"Helden gesucht" (Sought After Heroes) 12 39 98 25 29 48
2009 "Nicht allein" (Not Alone) 18 55 Richtung G
2010 "Uhr ohne Stunden" (Clock Without Hours) 47
2011 "Dächer einer ganzen Stadt" (Roofs Of A Whole Town) 55 So gewollt
2012 "Herzblut" (Heartblood)
2013 "Männer sind so" (Men Are Like This) Männer sind so

Promesingles[edit]

  • 2008: Autopilot (Radiosingle with Video from the Album "Plan A")

Awards[edit]

Jetix Awards: Newcomer of the Year 2008

2008[edit]

2009[edit]

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Mark Medlock
Deutschland sucht den Superstar
Winner

Season 5 (2008)
Succeeded by
Daniel Schuhmacher

References[edit]