Tobias Regner

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Tobias Regner
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Background information
Birth name Tobias Regner
Born (1982-08-05) August 5, 1982 (age 32)
Origin Teisendorf, Bavaria, Germany
Genres Rock
Occupation(s) Singer, songwriter, musician
Years active 2006–present
Labels SonyBMG Domestic (2006-2007)
Website Official site

Tobias Regner (born August 5, 1982 in Teisendorf, Bavaria) is a German singer, songwriter and musician who has enjoyed success in the rock music genre. Regner made his debut under major label Sony BMG Domestic after he won the highly publicized third season of the television series Deutschland sucht den Superstar,[1] the German version of Pop Idol, in 2006.[2]

Music career[edit]

2005-2006: Deutschland sucht den Superstar[edit]

After his graduation from University of Salzburg Regner auditioned for the third installment of the reality television program Deutschland sucht den Superstar. He entered the competition with 14,000 others, and the judges Dieter Bohlen, Heinz Henn and Sylvia Kollek were impressed with his voice and unconventional style. After several re-calls and week-by-week performances Regner earned a position in the Top 10 finalists, eventually making it to the final two contestants on Deutschland sucht den Superstar, and on March 18, 2006, he won the competition and earned 54.6% of the audience vote over Mike Leon Grosch, making him the first "rocker" to win the show before Thomas Godoj won the competition in 2008. Overwhelmed, he performed his "exclusive" song "I Still Burn," a rock-ballad penned by Peter Wright and Jess Cates. When released as a single via Sony BMG Domestic on March 14, 2006, it instantly entered the charts at number-one in Austria, Germany, and Switzerland, simultaneously emerging as the biggest-selling single since 2004 within its first week of release. The song was eventually certified platinum by the IFPI for more than 300,000 copies sold.

Performances at Deutschland sucht den Superstar[edit]

Top-20-Show Song Original Artist Percentage (place)
1. Top-20-Show "Hero" Chad Kroeger 9.95% (5/10)
3. Top-20-Show "Nothing Else Matters" Metallica Advanced to Top 10 Mottoshows
Mottoshow Song Original Artist Caller in Percent
Greatest Hits "The Reason" Hoobastank 8.7% (4/10)
Greatest Hits of the 80's "Purple Rain" Prince 28.9% (1/9)
Rock "It's My Life" Bon Jovi 15.2% (3/8)
Big Band "Fly Me to the Moon" Frank Sinatra 13.6% (4/7)
Love Songs "Jessie" Joshua Kadison 11.1% (5/6)
Number One Hits "Join Me" HIM 28.3% (1/5)
"I Don't Want to Miss a Thing" Aerosmith
Soul "Lovely Day" Bill Withers 28,9% (2/4)
"Easy" The Commodores
Soft Rock and Ballads "How You Remind Me" Nickelback 59.2% (1/3)
"Here Without You" 3 Doors Down
"Father and Son" Cat Stevens
Finale "Beautiful Day" U2 54.6% (1/2)
"Purple Rain" Prince
"I Still Burn" Tobias

Following the successful release of "I Still Burn", Regner's full-length debut album Straight was released on April 28, 2006. American producers Max Martin and Desmond Child consulted on the album which debuted at number one on the German Media Control 100 [2] and also peaked within the top 5 in Austria, and the top 20 in Switzerland. Eventually, the album was certified gold by the IFPI for sales of more than 100,000 copies. Reviews for the album were generally favorable, with LAUT´s critic Dani Fromm praising the "versatile, powerful-voiced and likeable" character of Regner's music, and others calling it "unidirectional" but "positive", comparing it to Jon Bon Jovi. However, further singles - "She's So" and Open Season theme song "Cool Without You" – failed to chart or sell noticeably. Tobias Regner was dropped eventually from his record label and is currently working on new material.

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

  • Straight (2006) GER: #1 AT: #5 CH: #14
  • Kurz unsterblich (2010)
  • Akustisch (2011)

Singles[edit]

Year Title Chart Positions Album
GER AUT SWI
2006 "I Still Burn"
1
1
1
Straight
"She's So"
38
65
91
"Cool Without You"
46
-
-
Straight (Re-Edition)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "„Rocker” Tobias Regner ist Superstar". Kölnische Rundschau (in German). March 17, 2006. Retrieved 14 August 2011. 
  2. ^ a b "Tobias Regner - Biography". imdb.com. Retrieved January 15, 2011. 

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Elli Erl
Deutschland sucht den Superstar
Winner

Season 3 (2006)
Succeeded by
Mark Medlock