Daniel Küblböck

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Daniel Küblböck
A brown-haired man with a beard and multiple tattoos performing on stage in a white shirt and suspenders. He is holding a black microphone.
Daniel Küblböck in concert in September 2016
Born Daniel Dominik Küblböck
(1985-08-27)27 August 1985
Hutthurm, Lower Bavaria, Germany
Disappeared 9 September 2018 (aged 33)
Labrador Sea near Newfoundland, Canada
Status Missing, presumed dead
Other names
  • Daniel K.
  • Daniel Kaiser-Küblböck
Occupation Singer
Years active 2002–2018
Musical career
Genres Pop
Instruments Vocals
Associated acts Dieter Bohlen

Daniel Dominik Kaiser-Küblböck (born 27 August 1985 in Hutthurm, Bavaria, Germany; lost since 9 September 2018 in the Labrador Sea - about 185 km north of St. John's in Canada[1]) was a German pop-singer and actor who achieved short-lived celebrity status from late 2002 until 2004 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 Daniel Küblböck as this name had already been trademarked.


Daniel rose to stardom in late 2002 when he participated in the first season of Deutschland sucht den Superstar (DSDS), which was a massive ratings hit. Despite his high-pitched voice not being considered good, he became massively popular with the audience due to his special appearance and finished the show on third place.

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 feminine clothes, using cosmetics and collecting perfumes and incense.[citation needed]

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!), his later releases proved less popular. In August 2004, the motion picture Daniel – Der Zauberer (Daniel The Wizard) was released, which was critically panned and is now regarded as one of the worst films of all time, and also bombed at the box office, which marked the end of his popularity as a media star.

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.

By 2006, Daniel had changed his appearance and now looked more mature and less androgynous, with shorter hair and a deeper voice, and 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.

In 2005, he appeared in the sixth season of the German version of Big Brother, and in 2015, he took part in the eighth season of the German version of Let's Dance, where he finished sixth, together with his dancing partner Otlile Mabuse. In 2013, he wanted to participate in the German national final for the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest with his new song Be A Man, but was rejected by the jury.

Personal life[edit]

Daniel Küblböck has four siblings.[2] 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.[2] They had not had any contact for many years prior to Michael's death.[2]

In 2010, he came out as homosexual for the first time, after previously describing himself as bisexual.[3]

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 community service for driving without a license.

Entrepreneurial activity[edit]

Küblböck invested the proceeds from his album Positive Energie amounting to around one million euros in a solar plant in Lower Bavaria, which brought him high profits.[4] In September 2003, he launched a perfume line for boys and girls in three fragrances under his name.[5] From 2005 to the end of 2013, he was managing director of the sales company Positive Energie GmbH Daniel Küblböck, with which he marketed his person. It was deleted from the German Trade Register in 2016.[6]

2018 disappearance[edit]

Küblböck has been missing since 9 September 2018. He was on a private trip from Hamburg to New York City on the cruise ship AIDAluna off the coast of Newfoundland. On one with "Artist. Actress. Transexual" [sic] unverified Instagram account, he had published Selfie's in women's clothing during the voyage.[7]

According to the cruise company Aida Cruises, a passenger jumped overboard around five o'clock in the morning (local time). The Canadian Coast Guard then launched a search operation.[8][9] The company confirmed in a press release that the missing person was Daniel Küblböck.[10]

The site is located about 185 km north of St. John's (Canadian province of Newfoundland and Labrador) in the Labrador Sea. The water temperature in the sea area was about 10 °C. In addition to the AIDAluna, the cruise ship MS Zuiderdam also participated in the search.[11]

On September 10, 2018, the Canadian Coast Guard stopped the search because the maximum survival time in cold water was too short to save him.[12] On September 11, Küblböck's family announced on the official website their mourning for their son Daniel and found that the hoped-for a "great miracle" of a rescue had not come true.[13]

In the last weeks before that, according to his father, his environment had noticed a sudden change of character and psychological problems at Küblböck and tried in vain to prevent this journey.[14]

DSDS performances[edit]

Albums, singles, and DVDs[edit]


Year Title Chart positions Certifications
GER[15] AUT[16] SWI[17]
2003 Positive Energie 2 11 13 GER: Gold[18]
2005 Liebe Nation 54 - -
2008 From Zero to Sexy (Live) - - -
2009 Jazz Meets Blues... Wenn Zwei Sich Verlieben - - -
Leise Rieselt Der Schnee - - -
2010 Best of 2003–2010 - - -
Schrebergarten - - -
2011 Schrebergarten Live - - -


Year Title Chart positions Album Certifications
GER[15] AUT[16] SWI[17] THAI[19]
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


  • 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[edit]

Year Format Title Chart positions
GER[15] AUT[16] SWI[17]
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[20] AUT[21]
2004 Single "Don't Close Your Eyes" 18 50



TV Series


  • 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. ^ Daniel Küblböck weiter vermisst – „Aidaluna“ setzt Reise fort. In: tagesspiegel.de, 9. September 2018, abgerufen am 9. September 2018.
  2. ^ a b c "Neonazi-Bruder von Daniel Küblböck ist gestorben". Die Welt (in German). 4 January 2013. Retrieved 9 January 2013. 
  3. ^ "Küblböcks Herz "schlägt für Jungs", nicht für Uschi". queer.de (in German). Retrieved 2018-09-09. 
  4. ^ Daniel Küblböck ist Ökostrom-Millionär. In: spiegel.de, 2. April 2011.
  5. ^ Duften wie Küblböck Spiegel-online, 25. August 2003, abgerufen am 18. September 2018.
  6. ^ Positive Energie GmbH Daniel Küblböck, Dachau. North Data, abgerufen am 15. September 2018.
  7. ^ Die letzten Bilder vor seinem Verschwinden? In: n-tv.de, 10. September 2018.
  8. ^ "Daniel Küblböck auf Kreuzfahrtschiff vermisst". spiegel.de. 2018-09-09. Retrieved 2018-09-09. 
  9. ^ AIDAluna: Daniel Küblböck wird auf Kreuzfahrtschiff vermisst. In: abendblatt.de, 9. September 2018.
  10. ^ Pressestatement. Pressemitteilung von AIDA Cruises, 9. September 2018.
  11. ^ "Daniel Küblböck bei Kreuzfahrt vermisst: Sprung über Bord?". augsburger-allgemeine.de. 2018-09-09. Retrieved 2018-09-09. 
  12. ^ Küstenwache stellt Suche nach Küblböck ein. In: faz.net, 10. September 2018.
  13. ^ "News – Daniel bleibt vermisst..." daniel-kueblboeck.de. Retrieved 2018-09-12. 
  14. ^ Überwachungs-Video: Zeigt es Daniel Küblböcks Sprung von der Aida? In: tz.de. 16. September 2018, abgerufen am 16. September 2018.
  15. ^ a b c "Daniel Küblböck - Music Charts". Acharts.us. Retrieved 2010-09-02. 
  16. ^ a b c Steffen Hung. "Discographie Daniel K". austriancharts.at. Archived from the original on 2012-11-02. Retrieved 2010-09-02. 
  17. ^ a b c Steffen Hung. "Discography Daniel Küblböck". swisscharts.com. Retrieved 2010-09-02. 
  18. ^ "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank (Daniel Küblböck; 'Positive Energie')" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie. 
  19. ^ "Was macht eigentlich...? - Poparazzi". New.de.music.yahoo.com. Retrieved 2010-09-02. 
  20. ^ "4 United - Music Charts". Acharts.us. Retrieved 2010-09-02. 
  21. ^ Steffen Hung. "4 United - Don't Close Your Eyes". austriancharts.at. Retrieved 2010-09-02. 

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