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, after appearing in Ich bin ein Star – Holt mich hier raus! (the German version of I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here!) and the flop motion picture Daniel – Der Zauberer (Daniel The Wizard), his later releases proved less popular.
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.
Daniel Küblböck has four siblings. 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 a heroin overdose. They had not had any contact for many years prior to Michael's death.
- Audition: "Proud Mary" by Tina Turner
- Top 30: "Papa Don't Preach" by (Madonna)
- Top 10: "Another Day in Paradise" (Phil Collins)
- Top 9: "Unchained Melody" (The Righteous Brothers)
- Top 8: "Everytime" (The Flames)
- Top 7: "Tragedy" (Saturday Night Fever)
- Top 6: "99 Luftballons" (Nena)
- Top 5: "My Way" (Frank Sinatra)
- Top 4: "Dancing Queen" (ABBA)
- Top 4: "Night Fever" (Bee Gees)-Bottom 2
- Top 3: "Oh, Pretty Woman" (Roy Orbison)
- Top 3: "Born to Be Wild" (Steppenwolf)-Elim
Albums, singles, and DVDs
|2003||Positive Energie||2||11||13||GER: Gold|
|2008||From Zero to Sexy (Live)||-||-||-|
|2009||Jazz Meets Blues... Wenn Zwei Sich Verlieben||-||-||-|
|Leise Rieselt Der Schnee||-||-||-|
|2010||Best of 2003–2010||-||-||-|
|2003||"You Drive Me Crazy"||1||4||10||1||Positive Energie||GER: Gold 150.000|
|2004||"The Lion Sleeps Tonight"||7||29||37||-||-|
|2005||"König Von Deutschland"||29||67||-||-||Liebe Nation|
|2007||"Born In Bavaria"||54||-||-||-||-|
|2010||"Bodenmais [moacht's eich auf]"||-||-||-||-||Best of 2003-2010|
- My Life Is Magic (2004)
- Live on PE Tour 2003 (2004)
- Jazz Night (2007)
- Back to the Roots (2008)
- Jazz Meets Blues... wenn zwei sich verlieben (2009)
- Schrebergarten Berlin (2011)
As member of DSDS allstars - season 1
|2003||Single||"We Have a Dream"||1||1||1|
As member of "4 United"
|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.
- "Neonazi-Bruder von Daniel Küblböck ist gestorben". Die Welt (in German). 4 January 2013. Retrieved 9 January 2013.
- "Daniel Küblböck - Music Charts". Acharts.us. Retrieved 2010-09-02.
- Steffen Hung. "Discographie Daniel K.". austriancharts.at. Archived from the original on 2012-11-02. Retrieved 2010-09-02.
- Steffen Hung. "Discography Daniel Küblböck". swisscharts.com. Retrieved 2010-09-02.
- "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank (Daniel Küblböck; 'Positive Energie')" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie.
- "Was macht eigentlich...? - Poparazzi". New.de.music.yahoo.com. Retrieved 2010-09-02.
- "4 United - Music Charts". Acharts.us. Retrieved 2010-09-02.
- Steffen Hung. "4 United - Don't Close Your Eyes". austriancharts.at. Retrieved 2010-09-02.