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Deutschland sucht den Superstar, Season 4
The Season 4 Cast: from left to right: (on top) Francisca, Jonathan, Laura, Thomas, Lauren, (bottom) Mark, Max, Julia, Martin, Lisa
Created by Simon Fuller
Presented by Tooske Ragas
Marco Schreyl
Starring Judges
Dieter Bohlen
Heinz Henn
Anja Lukaseder
Country of origin Germany
No. of episodes 20
Executive producer(s) Nigel Lythgoe
Ken Warwick
Simon Fuller
Running time 120 minutes
Original channel RTL
Original release February 24, 2007 – May 5, 2007 (Mottoshows)
External links

Deutschland sucht den Superstar Season 4 is the fourth season of Deutschland sucht den Superstar which aired on RTL network. Mark Medlock, this season's winner, was awarded a contract with Sony-BMG. The judges in this season were Dieter Bohlen, Heinz Henn, Anja Lukaseder. It was hosted by Marco Schreyl and Tooske Ragas. The viewers chose the contestant's fates as they were able to call for their favorite contestant. The voting results were published on 7 May. The winner got a 10-year contract and €100,000.[1] Twenty percent went to the winner's manager who was chosen by the creators.[1]


Contestant Lisa Bund caused a controversy on 10 March when the headline of the German tabloid newspaper Bild read that she fought with bullying, and harassmentby some of the other contestants. On 14 March Bild-Online reported [2] about a loud argument between Bund and former contestant Tristan Iser, which happened to have also been filmed by a mobile phone camera.[3] Bund stated in an online diary entry [4] that she felt the video was “like a bad horror movie”.

On 22 April German newspaper Bild announced that contestant Max Buskohl quit the competition due to RTL's rejection of his request to let his school band Empty Trash get a recording contract alongside him. Viewers had wondered about judge Dieter Bohlen's uncharacteristic behaviour when he gave an extremely critical review of Buskohl's performance on 21 April. Buskohl is alleged to have said that Bohlen was asocial, which explains Bohlen's negative reaction. Contestant Martin Stosch, who was eliminated on 21 April, remained as a contestant despite being voted off the week prior, replacing Buskohl.[5] However, Buskohl's father Carl Carlton told Spiegel Online that his son already made his decision to leave on 19 April but waited until Sunday to make his announcement at request of RTL.[6]

Judges Dieter Bohlen and Heinz Henn had started a quarrel with each other during the show. On April 14's show Henn made it clear that he did not agree with contestant Mark Medlock's song choices. Bohlen, the staunch supporter of Medlock, began imitating Henn during his review of Lisa Bund's performance. Henn later stated that he thought it was “in bad taste, in bad style and disrespectful towards the contestants”.[7]

On 24 April, German entertainer Stefan Raab announced a performance by Buskohl set for 25 April at his show TV total which at that time aired on RTL's rival television channel ProSieben. RTL pronounced against a performance by Buskohl and his band Empty Trash on TV total the next day. So during his show on 25 April and 26 April Raab publicly instigated a protest demonstration set for Saturday's Deutschland sucht den Superstar show and was said to have obtained about 120 tickets.[8] However the show eventually went off without any disturbance.

Top 20[edit]

1st Top 20 Show (Boys)[edit]

Original Airdate: 7 February 2007
Contestant Song (Artist) Percentage/
Dennis Haberlach When You Say Nothing at All (Ronan Keating) 12,81% (3/9)
Arcangelo Vigneri I Believe I Can Fly (R. Kelly) 3,01% (7/9)
Lindsay Stebe Father And Son (Cat Stevens) 2,35% (8/9)
Martin Stosch Home (Michael Bublé) 12,11% (4/9)
Aleksan Cetinkaya Now and Forever (Richard Marx) 1,78% (9/9)
Max Buskohl Bad Day (Daniel Powter) 7,94% (5/9)
Jonathan Enns Hero (Enrique Iglesias) 5,86% (6/9)
Thomas Enns Circle of Life (Elton John) 12,89% (2/9)
Mark Medlock Easy (Lionel Richie) 41,25% (1/9)
Roman Lob ordered by medical professionals to not perform 0,0%
  • Bottom four: Jonathan Enns, Aleksan Cetinkaya, Arcangelo Vigneri, Lindsay Stebe
  • Eliminated: Aleksan Cetinkaya and Lindsay Stebe
  • Judges' forecasts: Aleksan Cetinkaya and Lindsay Stebe (Bohlen, Lukaseder, Henn)

2nd Top 20 Show (Girls)[edit]

Original Airdate: 10 February 2007
Contestant Song (Artist) Percentage/
Laura Martin Against All Odds (Mariah Carey) 4,85% (6/10)
Nebiha Celenler Durch die Nacht (Silbermond) 2,24% (9/10)
Prisilla Harris Ain't Nobody (Chaka Khan) 3,65% (7/10)
Sarah Jahncke Glaub an mich (Yvonne Catterfeld) 6,66% (5/10)
Madeleine Boly Unfaithful (Rihanna) 0,96% (10/10)
Julia Falke Family Portrait (Pink) 7,40% (4/10)
Dominika Mrugala Dieses Leben (Juli) 3,39% (8/10)
Lauren Talbot Don't Speak (No Doubt) 12,87% (3/10)
Francisca Urio Without You (Mariah Carey) 19,46% (2/10)
Lisa Bund Hurt (Christina Aguilera) 38,52% (1/10)
  • Bottom five: Julia Falke, Dominika Mrugala, Madeleine Boly, Sarah Jahncke, Nebiha Celenler
  • Eliminated: Nebiha Celenler, Madeleine Boly, Dominika Mrugala
  • Judges' forecasts: Nebiha Celenler, Madeleine Boly, Dominika Mrugala (Bohlen, Lukaseder, Henn)

3rd Top 20 Show (Boys)[edit]

Original Airdate: 15 February 2007
  • Tristan Iser is there for Roman Lob, who withdrew due to illness. Eventually, Lob was asked back for the season 5 mottoshows but declined due to his studies.
Contestant Song (Artist) Percentage/
Max Buskohl Sweet Home Alabama (Lynyrd Skynyrd) 9,24% (5/8)
Dennis Haberlach Every Breath You Take (The Police) 8,59% (6/8)
Arcangelo Vigneri Senza una donna (Zucchero) 7,26% (7/8)
Thomas Enns Still Got the Blues (Gary Moore) 9,66% (4/8)
Tristan Iser Can't Wait Until Tonight (Max Mutzke) 0,93% (8/8)
Jonathan Enns Breathe Easy (Blue) 10,69% (3/8)
Mark Medlock Ain't No Sunshine (Bill Withers) 33,23% (1/8)
Martin Stosch Mandy (Westlife) 20,40% (2/8)
  • Bottom five: Jonathan Enns, Arcangelo Vigneri, Tristan Iser, Martin Stosch, Dennis Haberlach
  • Eliminated: Dennis Haberlash, Arcangelo Vigneri, Tristan Iser
  • Judges' forecasts: Jonathan Enns, Martin Stosch, Tristan Iser (Bohlen, Lukaseder, Henn)

4th Top 20 Show (Girls)[edit]

Original Airdate: 17 February 2007
Contestant Song (Artist) Percentage/
Julia Falke Like The Way I Do (Melissa Etheridge) 7,53% (4/7)
Laura Martin Have I Told You Lately (Rod Stewart) 4,06% (5/7)
Lauren Talbot Don't Know Why (Norah Jones) 20,87% (3/7)
Priscilla Harris What's Love Got to Do With It (Tina Turner) 2,32% (7/7)
Sarah Jahncke I Turn to You (Christina Aguilera) 3,84% (6/7)
Lisa Bund A Woman's Worth (Alicia Keys) 31,33% (1/7)
Francisca Urio Get Here (Oleta Adams) 30,05% (2/7)
  • Bottom four: Sarah Jahncke, Laura Martin, Priscilla Harris, Julia Falke
  • Eliminated: Sarah Jahncke and Priscilla Harris
  • Judges' forecasts: Sarah Jahncke and Priscilla Harris (Bohlen, Lukaseder, Henn)


1st Mottoshow: Die größten Hits aller Zeiten (Greatest Hits of All Time)[edit]

Original Airdate: 24 February 2007
Contestant Song (Artist) Percentage/
Martin Stosch Tears in Heaven (Eric Clapton) 7,59% (5/10)
Julia Falke What's Up (4 Non Blondes) 3,90% (9/10)
Thomas Enns Iris (Goo Goo Dolls) 6,20% (6/10)
Laura Martin Don't Wanna Lose You (Gloria Estefan) 2,45% (10/10)
Max Buskohl Fly Away (Lenny Kravitz) 6,00% (7/10)
Lauren Talbot I'm Like a Bird (Nelly Furtado) 7,62% (4/10)
Jonathan Enns Angels (Robbie Williams) 4,16% (8/10)
Francisca Urio Lady Marmalade (Christina Aguilera, Pink, Mýa, Lil' Kim) 15,00% (3/10)
Mark Medlock Hello (Lionel Richie) 25,85% (1/10)
Lisa Bund Because of You (Kelly Clarkson) 21,24% (2/10)
  • Bottom four: Laura Martin, Julia Falke, Jonathan Enns, Martin Stosch
  • Eliminated: Laura Martin
  • Judges' forecasts: Laura Martin (Bohlen), Jonathan Enns (Henn, Lukaseder)

2nd Mottoshow: Die größten Hits der 80er und 90er (Greatest Hits of the 80s and 90s)[edit]

Original Airdate: 10 March 2007
Contestant Song (Artist) Percentage/
Thomas Enns Died in Your Arms Tonight (Cutting Crew) 5,96% (8/9)
Martin Stosch Love Is All Around (Wet Wet Wet) 7,69% (7/9)
Francisca Urio Licence to Kill (Gladys Knight) 10,51% (4/9)
Jonathan Enns Truly Madly Deeply (Savage Garden) 4,03% (9/9)
Max Buskohl Gimme All Your Lovin' (ZZ Top) 8,92% (5/9)
Lisa Bund Greatest Love of All (Whitney Houston) 11,79% (3/9)
Julia Falke Total Eclipse of the Heart (Bonnie Tyler) 8,52% (6/9)
Lauren Talbot Nothing Compares 2 U (Sinéad O'Connor) 11,80% (2/9)
Mark Medlock Unchain My Heart (Joe Cocker) 30,77% (1/9)
  • Bottom four: Thomas Enns, Martin Stosch, Max Buskohl, Jonathan Enns
  • Eliminated: Jonathan Enns
  • Judges' forecasts: Julia Falke (Lukaseder, Bohlen), Jonathan Enns (Henn)

3rd Mottoshow: Power of Love[edit]

Original Airdate: 17 March

On March 19, 2007 a CD featuring all of the songs from the show and an additional version of If You Don't Know Me By Now by Simply Red sung by all contestants was released.

Contestant Song (Artist) Percentage/
Martin Stosch If Tomorrow Never Comes (Ronan Keating) 9,24% (6/8)
Lauren Talbot True Colors (Cyndi Lauper) 6,83% (7/8)
Julia Falke Angel (Sarah McLachlan) 5,24% (8/8)
Max Buskohl Here Without You (3 Doors Down) 14,33% (3/8)
Mark Medlock Endless Love (Lionel Richie) 30,43% (1/8)
Thomas Enns I Want to Know What Love Is (Foreigner) 9,34% (5/8)
Francisca Urio If I Ain't Got You (Alicia Keys) 9,59% (4/8)
Lisa Bund (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman (Aretha Franklin) 14,99% (2/8)
  • Bottom four: Lauren Talbot, Julia Falke, Martin Stosch, Thomas Enns
  • Eliminated: Julia Falke
  • Judges' forecasts: Julia Falke (Bohlen, Henn, Lukaseder)

4th Mottoshow: Hits von heute (Today's Hits)[edit]

Original Airdate: 31 March 2007

For the first time in the history of Deutschland sucht den Superstar the show aired at the same time as "Wetten, dass..?" (one of the most successful TV shows in Europe) on the public channel ZDF.

Contestant Song (Artist) Percentage/
Max Buskohl This Love (Maroon 5) 11,75% (3/7)
Lisa Bund Nobody Knows (Pink) 11,74% (4/7)
Martin Stosch Upside Down (Jack Johnson) 10,61% (6/7)
Lauren Talbot Too Lost in You (Sugababes) 12,38% (2/7)
Thomas Enns Hero (Chad Kroeger) 11,42% (5/7)
Francisca Urio Beautiful (Christina Aguilera) 10,46% (7/7)
Mark Medlock You Give Me Something (James Morrison) 31,64% (1/7)
  • Bottom four: Martin Stosch, Lauren Talbot, Thomas Enns, Francisca Urio
  • Eliminated: Francisca Urio
  • Judges' forecasts: Lauren Talbot (Bohlen, Henn, Lukaseder)

Beside the show's contestants another casting candidate was eventually given the chance to perform on stage namely Menderes Bagcı who had come to every season's casting audition never getting an admission ticket for the casting call-back. He performed Beat It by Michael Jackson on stage.

The viewers' decision in this episode came as a complete surprise,[9][10] as Urio, who was eliminated this time, ranked among this season's best and most favored contestants. Before the decision, jury member Dieter Bohlen ironically predicted Urio's elimination in what he thought was an April fool hoax. Subsequently, he and his co-judges watched the decision with dismay and shock written all over their faces.[11]

5th Mottoshow: Big Band[edit]

Original Airdate: 7 April 2007

This was the first "Mottoshow" to be co-hosted by female host Tooske Ragas along with Marco Schreyl in this season of Deutschland sucht den Superstar. Ragas gave birth to her daughter and was not able to present the first four Mottoshows.

Contestant Song (Artist) Percentage/
Martin Stosch Night and Day (Frank Sinatra) 10,30% (5/6)
Thomas Enns You Are the Sunshine of My Life (Frank Sinatra) 8,70% (6/6)
Max Buskohl Hit the Road Jack (Ray Charles) 17,78% (2/6)
Lauren Talbot Summertime (Ella Fitzgerald) 12,65% (4/6)
Mark Medlock Unforgettable (Nat King Cole) 34,62% (1/6)
Lisa Bund What a Diff'rence a Day Made (Dinah Washington) 15,95% (3/6)
  • Bottom four: Thomas Enns, Martin Stosch, Lauren Talbot, Lisa Bund
  • Eliminated: Thomas Enns
  • Judges' forecasts: Thomas Enns (Bohlen, Henn, Lukaseder)

6th Mottoshow: Die größten Diven und Helden der Musik (Greatest Divas and Heroes of Music)[edit]

Original Airdate: 14 April 2007
Contestant Song (Artist) Percentage/
Max Buskohl I Was Made for Lovin' You (Kiss) 19,88% (2/5)
Suspicious Minds (Elvis Presley)
Lauren Talbot Secret (Madonna) 9,03% (5/5)
Fields of Gold (Sting)
Mark Medlock I Heard It Through the Grapevine (Marvin Gaye) 36,06% (1/5)
Three Times a Lady (Lionel Richie)
Martin Stosch Crazy Little Thing Called Love (Queen) 15,36% (4/5)
She's the One (Robbie Williams)
Lisa Bund Who Knew (Pink) 19,67% (3/5)
Flugzeuge im Bauch (Herbert Grönemeyer)
  • Bottom three: Martin Stosch, Max Buskohl, Lauren Talbot
  • Eliminated: Lauren Talbot
  • Judges' forecasts: Mark Medlock (Henn), Lauren Talbot (Bohlen), Martin Stosch (Lukaseder)

Once again Menderes Bagcı was given the permission to perform on stage. This time he chose Bad by Michael Jackson.

7th Mottoshow: Hits der 70er / Dedicated to… (Hits of the 70s / Dedicated to…)[edit]

Original Airdate: 21 April 2007
Contestant Song (Artist) Percentage/
Martin Stosch You to Me Are Everything (The Real Thing) 15,43% (4/4)
Und wenn ein Lied (Söhne Mannheims)
Max Buskohl All Right Now (Free) 19,80% (2/4)
When You Were Young (The Killers)
Lisa Bund It's Raining Men (The Weather Girls) 16,63% (3/4)
Das Beste (Silbermond)
Mark Medlock You're the First, the Last, My Everything (Barry White) 48,13% (1/4)
Stand by Me (Ben E. King)
  • Bottom three: Max Buskohl, Martin Stosch, Lisa Bund
  • Eliminated: Martin Stosch
  • Judges' forecasts: Martin Stosch (Henn, Lukaseder, Bohlen)

On 22 April, Bild newspaper announced that contestant Max Buskohl was dismissed by RTL Television afterwards. (See Controversies.)

8th Mottoshow: Songs der Jury (Judges’ Choice)[edit]

Original Airdate: 28 April 2007
Contestant Song (Artist) Percentage/
Martin Stosch Rockin' All Over the World (Status Quo)
… chosen by Heinz Henn
22,27% (2/3)
Sunday Morning (Maroon 5)
… chosen by Anja Lukaseder
I Swear (All-4-One)
… chosen by Dieter Bohlen
Lisa Bund Baby Love (Mother's Finest)
… chosen by Heinz Henn
18,73% (3/3)
Geile Zeit (Juli)
… chosen by Anja Lukaseder
There You'll Be (Faith Hill)
… chosen by Dieter Bohlen
Mark Medlock You Can Leave Your Hat On (Joe Cocker)
… chosen by Heinz Henn
59,00% (1/3)
My Girl (The Temptations)
… chosen by Anja Lukaseder
(Sittin' on) the Dock of the Bay (Otis Redding)
… chosen by Dieter Bohlen
  • Bottom three: Lisa Bund, Martin Stosch, Mark Medlock
  • Eliminated: Lisa Bund[12]
  • Judges' forecasts: Martin Stosch (Bohlen, Lukaseder, Henn)

9th Mottoshow: Finale[edit]

Original Airdate: 5 May 2007
Contestant Song (Artist) Percentage/
Martin Stosch Life Is a Rollercoaster (Ronan Keating) 21,98 %
Crazy Little Thing Called Love (Queen)
I Can Reach Heaven from Here (Martin Stosch)
Mark Medlock What a Wonderful World (Louis Armstrong) 78,02 %
Easy (The Commodores)
Now or Never (Mark Medlock)

The two finalists performed Elton John's and George Michael's Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me together on stage.

  • Winner: Mark Medlock
  • Runner-up: Martin Stosch
  • Judges' forecasts of who would win: Mark Medlock (Lukaseder, Bohlen), irresolute (Henn)

Top 10 candidates[edit]

Mark Medlock[edit]

Mark Medlock, born on 9 July 1978 in Frankfurt, Hesse, was the winner of the 4th season.[13] His father Lauria immigrated from Georgia, USA and was a gospel singer. Medlock is openly gay. Prior to his participation of Deutschland sucht den Superstar he worked as a nurse.

Mark Medlock.

Martin Stosch[edit]

Martin Stosch was born on 30 July 1990 in Landshut, Bavaria. Martin was the youngest male contestant of the show. Being voted out in the 7th mottoshow he returned as a replacement for Max Buskohl, who quit the contest by his own will after having serious disagreements with jury-member Dieter Bohlen.

Lisa Bund[edit]

Lisa Bund, was born 31 May 1988 in Frankfurt, Hesse. Bund received a lot of promotional support by the German media. Bund later signed a recording contract and released her first single "Learn to Love You" on August 31, 2007.[14]

Max Buskohl[edit]

Max Buskohl is from Berlin.[15] He auditioned for DSDS because he lost a bet.[15] He lives with his mother and sister.[16] He was part of a band called Empty Trash.[15] He stated in an interview with Der Spiegel that he left DSDS voluntarily while RTL claims they threw out Max.[17] He was considered a heartthrob on the show with his "super-slim" body and being 1.95 m (6 ft 5 in) tall.[16]

Lauren Talbot[edit]

Lauren Talbot, was born on 15 March 1990 in Hannover, Lower Saxony. She was the youngest female contestant in season 4.

Thomas Enns[edit]

Francisca Urio[edit]

Francisca Urio, born on 6 February 1981 in Meiningen is an only child to a German mother and a Tanzanian father.

Julia Falke[edit]

Julia Falke, was born on 21 June 1988 in Schärding, Austria.

Jonathan Enns[edit]

Laura Martin[edit]

Elimination chart[edit]

Did Not Perform Female Male Top 20 Top 10 Winner
Safe Safe First Safe Last Eliminated Did Not Perform
Stage: Semi Finals
Week: 2/8 2/12 2/16 2/20 2/24 3/10 3/17 3/24 3/31 4/7 4/20 4/28 5/5
Place Contestant Result
1 Mark Medlock Winner
2 Martin Stosch Btm 3 Btm 2 Btm 2 Btm 2 Elim Btm 2 Runner-Up
3 Lisa Bund Btm 3 Btm 2 Elim
4 Max Buskohl Btm 4 Wdrw
5 Lauren Talbot Btm 2 Btm 3 Elim
6 Thomas Enns Btm 2 Btm 3 Btm 3 Elim
7 Franziska Urio Elim
8 Julia Falke Btm 3 Btm 2 Elim
9 Jonathan Enns Btm 3 Btm 3 Elim
10 Laura Martin Btm 4 Elim
11-15 Sarah Jahncke Elim
Priscilla Harris Btm 4
Dennis Haberlach Elim
Arcangelo Vigneri Btm 4
Tristan Iser
16-20 Dominika Mrugala Elim
Nebiha Celenler
Madeleine Boly
Lindsay Stebe Elim
Aleksan Celtinkaya


  • Bottom 3/4 indicates that the contestant was 'saved' last. The Bottom Group results are based on published results after the show that determined the number of percentages for each contestant. This may or may not indicate his or her actual vote rank.
  • Martin Stosch brought back when Max Buskohl withdrew from the competition.
  • Roman Lob withdrew from the competition due to illness in the second Top 20 show and was replaced by Tristan Iser.


  1. ^ a b "Das ist alles Schiebung". Die Welt. 24 April 2007. Retrieved 14 November 2011. 
  2. ^ Bild Online article
  3. ^ Video
  4. ^ Lisa Bunds online diary
  5. ^ Bild Online: “RTL wirft Superstar Max raus!”
  6. ^ Dreyer, Patricia (23 April 2007). "Unser dummer Junge hat's zu spät gemerkt". Der Spiegel (in German). Retrieved 23 April 2007. 
  7. ^ Bild Online: “Fans toben: Bohlen hat ihn rausgemobbt!” / Extra – Das RTL-Magazin on April 23, 2007
  8. ^ Bild article about Stefan Raab and Max Buskohl
  9. ^ Bild Online (in German)
  10. ^ Berliner Morgenpost (in German)
  11. ^ RTL video
  12. ^ "Martin Stosch und Mark Medlock stehen im DSDS-Finale". Hamburger Morgenpost. 29 April 2007. Retrieved 7 September 2011. 
  13. ^ Bild online article (in German)
  14. ^ Erster Plattenvertrag für Lisa Bund
  15. ^ a b c ""Superstar"-Eklat: Aus für Max". Hamburger Morgenpost (in German). 23 April 2007. Retrieved 28 September 2011. 
  16. ^ a b "Bohlen zickt gegen Max - ohne Erfolg". Die Welt (in German). 22 April 2007. Retrieved 28 September 2011. 
  17. ^ Popp, Maximilian (5 May 2007). "Die wollten mich zerquetschen". Der Spiegel (in German). Retrieved 28 September 2011. 

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Season 3 (2005/06)
Deutschland sucht den Superstar
Season 4 (2007)
Succeeded by
Season 5 (2008)