Deutschland sucht den Superstar (season 7)

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Deutschland sucht den Superstar
Season 7
Broadcast from 6 January – 17 April 2010
Judges Dieter Bohlen
Nina Eichinger
Volker Neumüller
Sylvie van der Vaart (final only)[1][2]
Host(s) Marco Schreyl
Mehrzad Marashi
Mehrzad Marashi – Hamburg-Halstenbek 2016 06.jpg
Origin Hamburg, Germany
Song "Don't believe"
Menowin Fröhlich

Deutschland sucht den Superstar Season 7 is the seventh season of the Idol series which aired on RTL Television and started on 6 January 2010. The season marked a new national record with more than 35,000 participants. The final aired on 17 April 2010, and the winner was Mehrzad Marashi.

Way to the Top 15[edit]


The 7 Audition episodes were showen every Wednesday and Saturday from 6 January 2010 until 27 January 2010. After open auditions in the 5 cities Frankfurt, Munich, Cologne, Berlin and Hamburg and an auditions truck, which stopped from September until October 2009 in 15 cities in Freiburg, Mannheim, Stuttgart, Würzburg, Regensburg, Dortmund, Münster, Kassel, Erfurt, Dresden, Halle, Hannover, Bremen, Kiel and Rostock.


The recall had 3 phases. The first phase was shot in a theater in Cologne. The 120 singers were split into 2 groups: Boys and Girls. Then every singer sang his favorite song. After that 55 singers were eliminated and the remaining singers sang in groups to get one of the 35 tickets for the next phase.

The second phase was shot in the Caribbean. The 35 singers sang three times: unaccompanied, in groups and in duos. The Top 25 came into the third phase.

The third and last phase was shot in the Schlosstheater Schwetzingen. The singers sang one song on their own. Then the jury decided which 15 singers came into the Top 15 live-show.

In this season, some of the contestants that had made it to the Top 15 had featured in previous seasons. Helmut Orosz made it to the Top 50 in season two but missing out on the Top 10 during the public vote. Menowin Fröhlich made it to the Top 20 shows in season 3 but was disqualified after being arrested and serving a two-year jail sentence. Kim Debkowski made it to the recall of the previous season but was eliminated after the group performance.

Songs in Recall 3 by Top 10[edit]

Live Shows[edit]

"Die Top 15 – Jetzt oder nie" (The Top 15 - Now or Never)[edit]

Original Airdate: February 13, 2010
Contestant Song (Artist) Percentage of calls
Menowin Fröhlich I'll Be There (Jackson 5) 22,8% (2/15)
Helmut Orosz Summer of 69 (Bryan Adams) 6,0% (5/15)
Mehrzad Marashi Und Wenn Ein Lied (Söhne Mannheims) 27,3% (1/15)
Nelson Sangare Let Me Love You (Mario) 7,5% (4/15)
Kevin Reichmann Señorita (Justin Timberlake) 1,7% (12/15)
Marcel Pluschke Country Roads (Hermes House Band) 2,6% (10/15)
Manuel Hoffmann You Don't Know (Milow) 5,8% (6/15)
Thomas Karaoglan My Girl (The Temptations) 9,3% (3/15)
Dirk Petry Yesterday (The Beatles) 1,6% (13/15)
Kim Debkowski Can't Fight the Moonlight (LeAnn Rimes) 4,2% (7/15)
Naomi Marte Irgendwie, Irgendwo, Irgendwann (Nena) 1,3% (14/15)
Ines Redjeb Release Me (Agnes) 3,6% (8/15)
Celine Denefleh Symphonie (Silbermond) 2,3% (11/15)
Steffi Landerer I Love Rock 'n' Roll (Britney Spears) 2,8% (9/15)
Maria Elena Valencia Let's Get Loud (Jennifer Lopez) 1,2% (15/15)

Advancing to Top 10 (Public votes): Thomas, Nelson, Menowin, Kim, Mehrzad, Helmut, Manuel

Advancing to Top 10 (Jury selection): Marcel, Ines, Steffi

In this season the Top 10 was supposed to be formed by the Top 7 of the viewers vote plus 3 candidates picked by the jury (from the remaining 8 contestants). As a tribute to the viewers' support and the great success of the season the jury denied to choose advancing candidates. Instead they sent the 8th, 9th and 10th of the public vote. That also explains the gender ratio of the Top 10.

"Top 10 – Die Megahits von heute" (Today's Megahits)[edit]

Original Airdate: February 20, 2010
Contestant Song (Artist) Percentage of calls
Menowin Fröhlich Change (Daniel Merriweather) 37,4% (1/10)
Helmut Orosz I'll Be Waiting (Lenny Kravitz) 6,2% (6/10)
Mehrzad Marashi Broken Strings (James Morrison) 14,6% (2/10)
Nelson Sangare Closer (Ne-Yo) 6,3% (5/10)
Steffi Landerer I Kissed a Girl (Katy Perry) 3,2% (10/10)
Marcel Pluschke Ein Kompliment (Sportfreunde Stiller) 3,3% (9/10)
Manuel Hoffmann Pflaster (Ich + Ich) 4,0% (8/10)
Thomas Karaoglan Monsta (Culcha Candela) 12,7% (3/10)
Ines Redjeb I Like (Keri Hilson) 5,0% (7/10)
Kim Debkowski Take a Bow (Rihanna) 7,3% (4/10)
  • Jury Elimination Forecast: Steffi Landerer or Marcel Pluschke
  • Bottom 4: Ines Redjeb, Steffi Landerer, Helmut Orosz and Nelson Sangare
  • Eliminated: Steffi Landerer

"Top 9 – Die größten Pop-Hymnen aller Zeiten" (All Time's Greatest Pop-Hymns)[edit]

Original Airdate: February 27, 2010
Contestant Song (Artist) Percentage of calls
Nelson Sangare What a Wonderful World (Louis Armstrong) 10,9% (4/9)
Ines Redjeb What a Feeling (Irene Cara) 4,8% (7/9)
Menowin Fröhlich We are the World (USA for Africa) 36,2% (1/9)
Marcel Pluscke Live is Life (Opus) 3,6% (9/9)
Kim Debkowski Fame (Irene Cara) 7,4% (6/9)
Helmut Orosz It's My Life (Bon Jovi) 11,4% (3/9)
Mehrzad Marashi One (U2) 9,2% (5/9)
Thomas Karaoglan Looking for Freedom (David Hasselhoff) 12,4% (2/9)
Manuel Hoffmann Wind of Change (The Scorpions) 4,1% (8/9)
  • Jury Elimination Forecast: Marcel Pluschke or Ines Redjeb (Nina), Ines Redjeb (Volker), Ines Redjeb, Marcel Pluschke or Kim Debkowski (Dieter)
  • Bottom 4: Kim Debkowski, Ines Redjeb, Marcel Pluschke and Nelson Sangare
  • Eliminated: Marcel Pluschke

"Top 8 – Happy Holiday Hits"[edit]

Original Airdate: March 6, 2010
Contestant Song (Artist) Percentage of calls
Thomas Karaoglan Mamacita (Mark Medlock) 15,5% (3/8)
Helmut Orosz Summer in the City (Joe Cocker) 8,2% (5/8)
Menowin Fröhlich Maria Maria (Santana) 26,0% (1/8)
Ines Redjeb When Love Takes Over (David Guetta & Kelly Rowland) 7,9% (6/8)
Kim Debkowski La Isla Bonita (Madonna) 9,3% (4/8)
Manuel Hoffmann Lady (Hear Me Tonight) (Modjo) 7,6% (7/8)
Mehrzad Marashi Fresh (Kool & The Gang) 18,7% (2/8)
Nelson Sangare Summer Jam (The Underdog Project) 6,8% (8/8)
  • Jury Elimination Forecast: Manuel Hoffmann (Nina, Volker), Kim Debkowski or Manuel Hoffmann (Dieter)
  • Bottom 4: Ines Redjeb, Nelson Sangare, Manuel Hoffmann and Kim Debkowski
  • Eliminated: Nelson Sangare

"Top 7 – 80s"[edit]

Original Airdate: March 13, 2010
Contestant Song (Artist) Percentage of calls
Mehrzad Marashi Hello (Lionel Richie) 14,0% (2/7)
Manuel Hoffmann Ohne dich (Münchener Freiheit) 8,2% (5/7)
Kim Debkowski Eternal Flame (The Bangles) 8,2% (6/7)
Thomas Karaoglan YMCA (Village People) 11,8% (3/7)
Helmut Orosz Hungry Eyes (Eric Carmen) 9,1% (4/7)
Menowin Fröhlich Billie Jean (Michael Jackson) 42,6% (1/7)
Ines Redjeb Like a Prayer (Madonna) 6,1% (7/7)
  • Jury Elimination Forecast: Manuel Hoffmann or Ines Redjeb
  • Bottom 4: Helmut Orosz, Ines Redjeb, Manuel Hoffmann and Kim Debkowski
  • Eliminated: Ines Redjeb

"Top 6 – Deutsch vs. Englisch" (German vs. English)[edit]

Original Airdate: March 20, 2010
Contestant Song (Artist) Percentage of calls
Helmut Orosz (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction (The Rolling Stones) 12,4% (4/6)
1000 und eine Nacht (Klaus Lage)
Thomas Karaoglan Relight My Fire (Take That & Lulu) 11,4% (5/6)
Hamma (Culcha Candela)
Manuel Hoffmann Life is a Rollercoaster (Ronan Keating) 9,8% (6/6)
Bilder von Dir (Laith Al-Deen)
Kim Debkowski Can't Get You Out of My Head (Kylie Minogue) 16,7% (3/6)
Krieger des Lichts (Silbermond)
Menowin Fröhlich If You Don't Know Me by Now (Simply Red) 27,8% (1/6)
Über sieben Brücken musst du gehen (Peter Maffay)
Mehrzad Marashi Beggin' (Madcon) 21,9% (2/6)
Flugzeuge im Bauch (Herbert Grönemeyer)
  • Jury Elimination Forecast: Helmut Orosz
  • Bottom 3: Helmut Orosz, Manuel Hoffmann and Thomas Karaoglan
  • Eliminated: Manuel Hoffmann

On the following day, Helmut Orosz was disqualified from the competition after admitting to taking drugs during the competition. Just as done in season 4, the person who was eliminated the past week would be brought back into the competition; in which Manuel Hoffmann advanced to the top 5.

"Top 5 – Balladen & Ballermann" (Ballads & Ballermann)[edit]

Original Airdate: March 27, 2010
Contestant Song (Artist) Percentage of calls
Menowin Fröhlich What is Love (Haddaway) 27,3% (1/5)
How Deep Is Your Love (Bee Gees)
Thomas Karaoglan Das geht ab (Frauenarzt und Manny Marc) 13,4% (5/5)
Stand by Me (Ben E. King)
Mehrzad Marashi Mr. Boombastic (Shaggy) 18,4% (3/5)
Hard to Say I'm Sorry (Chicago)
Kim Debkowski Du hast mich tausendmal belogen (Andrea Berg) 15,5% (4/5)
Almost Lover (A Fine Frenzy)
Manuel Hoffmann Ein Stern (der deinen Namen trägt) (DJ Ötzi) 25,4% (2/5)
Sorry Seems to be the Hardest Word (Elton John)
  • Jury Elimination Forecast: Manuel Hoffmann, Kim Debkowski or Thomas Karaoglan
  • Bottom 3: Manuel Hoffmann, Kim Debkowski and Thomas Karaoglan
  • Eliminated: Thomas Karaoglan

"Top 4 – Neue Hits & Alte Hits " (New Hits & Old Hits)[edit]

Original Airdate: April 3, 2010
Contestant Song (Artist) Percentage of calls
Manuel Hoffmann A Walk in the Park (Nick Straker) 24,2% (3/4)
Chasing Cars (Snow Patrol)
Kim Debkowski Yes Sir, I Can Boogie (Baccara) 15,7% (4/4)
Evacuate the Dancefloor (Cascada)
Mehrzad Marashi Unchained Melody (The Righteous Brothers) 24,2% (2/4)
Crazy (Gnarls Barkley)
Menowin Fröhlich Celebration (Kool & the Gang) 35,9% (1/4)
Ayo Technology (Milow)
  • Jury Elimination Forecast: Menowin Fröhlich or Kim Debkowski (Nina & Volker), Kim Debkowski (Dieter)
  • Bottom 2: Kim Debkowski and Manuel Hoffmann
  • Eliminated: Kim Debkowski

Top 3 - Semi Final (Boygroups, Music Hero & Number 1 Hits)[edit]

Original Airdate: April 10, 2010
Contestant Song (Artist) Percentage of calls
Menowin Fröhlich No Matter What (Boyzone) 38,6% (1/3)
You Are the Sunshine of My Life (Stevie Wonder)
I Swear (All-4-One)
Manuel Hoffmann Human (The Killers) 23,7% (3/3)
Englishman in New York (Sting)
Reality (Richard Sanderson)
Mehrzad Marashi End of the Road (Boyz II Men) 37,7% (2/3)
Runaway (Del Shannon)
Ich kenne Nichts (Xavier Naidoo) feat (RZA)
  • Live-Act: "Real Love" by Mark Medlock
  • Jury Elimination Forecast: Manuel Hoffmann (Nina), No Forecast (Dieter & Volker)
  • Bottom 2: Manuel Hoffmann and Mehrzad Marashi
  • Eliminated: Manuel Hoffmann

Top 2 - Final (Contestant's Choice, Highlight Song & Winner's Single)[edit]

Original Airdate: April 17, 2010
Contestant Song (Artist) Percentage of calls
Menowin Fröhlich That's What Friends Are For (Dionne Warwick) 43,6% (2/2)
Billie Jean (Michael Jackson)
Don't Believe (Winner's Single (Dieter Bohlen))
Mehrzad Marashi Endless Love (Lionel Richie) 56,4% (1/2)
Fresh (Kool & The Gang)
Don't Believe (Winner's Single (Dieter Bohlen))

Judges' forecasts of who would win: Menowin Fröhlich

Winner: Mehrzad Marashi

Runner - Up: Menowin Fröhlich

Group song[edit]

Elimination chart[edit]

Female Male Top 15 Top 10 Winner
Safe Safe First Safe Last Eliminated
Stage: Top 15 Finals
Week: 2/13 2/20 2/27 3/6 3/13 3/20 3/27 4/3 4/10 4/17
Place Contestant Result
1 Mehrzad Marashi Viewers Btm 3 Btm 2 Winner
2 Menowin Fröhlich Viewers Runner-Up
3 Manuel Hoffmann Viewers Btm 3 Btm 2 Btm 2 Btm 3 Elim Btm 2 Elim
4 Kim Debkowski Viewers Btm 2 Btm 2 Elim
5 Thomas Karaoglan Viewers Btm 2 Elim
6 Helmut Orosz Viewers DQ
7 Ines Redjeb Viewers Btm 3 Btm 3 Elim
8 Nelson Sangare Viewers Elim
9 Marcel Pluschke Viewers Btm 2 Elim
10 Steffi Landerer Viewers Elim
11-15 Celine Denefleh Elim
Kevin Reichmann
Dirk Petry
Naomi Marte
Maria Elena Valenica
  • On February 13 it was supposed that the viewers would choose 7 and the judges 3 finalists. The judges, or better said Dieter Bohlen, however chose to not decide and therefore the next three highest vote getters made it through to the finals automatically. They were Ines Redjeb, Marcel Pluschke and Steffi Landerer.
  • Helmut Orosz was expelled from the competition due to his drug abuse shown in a video. Therefore, Manuel Hoffmann, who was voted off the last in the competition, was brought back as the replacement.


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