Deutschland sucht den Superstar (season 2)

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Deutschland sucht den Superstar
Season 2
Broadcast from September 3, 2003 – March 13, 2004
Judges Dieter Bohlen
Thomas Bug
Shona Fraser
Thomas Stein
Host(s) Michelle Hunziker & Carsten Spengemann
Broadcaster RTL Television
Elli Erl
Origin Straubing, Bavaria, Germany
Song "This Is My Life"
Genre(s) Rock, Pop
Denise Tillmanns

The second season of Deutschland sucht den Superstar premiered on September 2003 and continued until March 13, 2004. It was won by Elli Erl. This season was co-hosted by Michelle Hunziker and Carsten Spengemann.


The 50 semi-finalists were:

Group 1[edit]

(October 8, 2003)

  1. "There You'll Be"
  1. "Because You Loved Me"
  • John Patrick
  1. "I'll Make Love to You"
  • Kristina
  1. "Beautiful"
  • Marc
  1. "All or Nothing"
  • Michael
  1. "Forever Love"
  • Mine
  1. "Ain't No Sunshine"
  1. "I'll Be There"
  • Sabine
  1. "Time After Time"
  • Sascha Schmitz
  1. "If I Never Knew You"

Group 2[edit]

(October 15, 2003)

  • Bendix Amonat
  1. "Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me"
  • Dennis W
  1. "All Out of Love"
  • Jenny A
  1. "Rise"
  • Jenny G
  1. "I'm Like a Bird"
  1. "I Will Always Love You"
  • Khanh N
  1. "You've Got a Friend"
  • Ricky Ord
  1. "Hello"
  • Roger M
  1. "Heaven"
  • Stefan N
  1. "Your Song"
  • Veronika S
  1. "My Universe"

Group 3[edit]

(October 22, 2003)

  • Andreas H
  1. "Eternity"
  • Benjamin Martell
  1. "Now and Forever"
  • Elke M
  1. "It Must Have Been Love"
  • Gunther Göbbel
  1. "Can't Help Falling in Love"
  • Jeanna Marie
  1. "The Greatest Love of All"
  • Kaya L
  1. "What's Up"
  • Kemi Awosogba
  1. "You Might Need Somebody"
  • Martin B
  1. "If Tomorrow Never Comes"
  • Meik S
  1. "Always"
  • Stefanie N
  1. "Fallin'"

Group 4[edit]

(October 29, 2003)

  • Aida Ilijasevic
  1. "Show Me Heaven"
  • Constanze B
  1. "The Power of Love"
  • Desmond P
  1. "I Believe I Can Fly"
  • Eni A
  1. "Run to You"
  • Helmut Orosz
  1. "Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word"
  • Miriam S
  1. "Save the Best For Last"
  • Roger S
  1. "Easy"
  • Sarah C

"Shackles (Praise You)"

  • Steffen Frommberger
  1. "She's Like the Wind"
  • Thomas M

"Right Here Waiting"

Group 5[edit]

(November 5, 2003)

  • Anke Wagner
  1. "How Do I Live?"
  • Annette H
  1. "Torn"
  • Bernd O
  1. "Words"
  • Christian P
  1. "Let Me Fall"
  • Djamila D
  1. "My Heart Will Go On"
  1. "Let It Rain"
  1. "U Got It Bad"
  • Manuel D
  1. "Without You"
  • Marlene B
  1. "I'll Stand By You"
  • Patrick G
  1. "If You Don't Know Me By Now"


(November 12, 2003)

  • Anke Wagner
  1. "Get Here"
  • Bendix Amonat
  1. "Freedom"
  • Constanze B
  1. "I'm Not a Girl, Not Yet a Woman"
  • Eni A
  1. "Hard to Say I'm Sorry"
  • Gunther Göbbel
  1. "End of the Road"
  • Jenny A
  1. "All Around the World"
  • Michael
  1. "You"
  • Phillipe Bühler
  1. "Señorita"
  • Roger M
  1. "Drowning"
  • Stefan N
  1. "Rooftop"



Kemisola Awosogba was born on November 15, 1982. Her father is a native of Nigeria. Kemi joined the top 13 on October 22, 2003 along with Benjamin Martell. She was eliminated on 20 December 2003 after receiving 3.54 percent of the votes in the top 9. She was a contestant on Popstars: On Stage, the sixth season of the German version of Popstars. Where she was part of the Final 20 contestants.

Judith Burmeister was born September 9, 1986. Burmeister joined the top 13 after getting into the top 2 vote-getters of her group along with Ricky Ord. She was eliminated in the top 8 after receiving 5.97 percent of the vote.

Steffen Frommberger was born January 29, 1982. He joined the top 13 on October 29, 2003 along with Aida Iljasevic. He was eliminated on November 29, 2003 after receiving 2.46 percent of the vote.

Gunther Göbbel was born May 6, 1979. Gunther was eliminated in the top 5 after receiving 12.58 percent of the vote. Originally, Göbbel did not advance to the top 13. However, he was brought back as a wildcard and advanced then. Since the show, Gunther has released a single, "Caramba!", as a part of the duet "Meant 2 Be". Gunther is currently a member of the band Lemon Ice.

Aida Iljasevic, born January 4, 1976 in Bosnia, was a contestant in the second season, finishing in 7th place. In 1992, at the age of sixteen, Aida fled from her home country due to the Bosnian War, and found a new home in Münster.

Benjamin Martell was born March 1, 1980. Benjamin was eliminated from the show in the top 4 after receiving 16.91 percent of the vote. Benny joined the top 13 on 2003-10-22 after placing in the top 2 vote-getters of his group. Also joining the top 13 that night was Kemi. Since the show, Benny has released one single as a solo artist "1st Fan Edition". In 2005, he was featured on a single entitled "Once In A Lifetime".

Ricky Ord was born July 5, 1978, was a contestant in the second season. Ord joined the top 13 on October 15, 2003 along with Judith Burmeister. He was eliminated first out of the competition after receiving only 2.47 percent of the vote.

Anke Wagner, born January 25, 1975, was a contestant in the second season. Wagner is the oldest contestant to appear on any season of the show. She was eliminated in the top 6 after receiving 8.37 percent of the vote. Wagner joined the top 13 as a wildcard.

Lorenzo Woodard, of Afro-German origin, born December 24, 1983, was a second season contestant. Woodard joined the top 10 on November 5, 2003 along with Elli Erl, the winner of the competition. He was voted out on December 13, 2003 after receiving the fewest votes. He later changed his sex and renamed himself Lorielle London.

Finals elimination[edit]

In the second season, the show was co-hosted by Michelle Hunziker and Carsten Spengemann. Elli Erl won, with Denise Tillmanns coming in second.

Date Order from bottom (from left)
November 22 Ricky Ord Jessica Houston Steffen Frommberger
November 29 Steffen Frommberger (2) Kemi Awosogba Lorenzo Woodard
December 13 Lorenzo Woodard (2) Kemi Awosogba (2) Judith Burmeister
December 20 Kemi Awosogba (3) Benjamin Martell Judith Burmeister (2)
January 10 Judith Burmeister (3) Gunther Göbbel Elli Erl
January 17 Aida Ilijasevic Gunther Göbbel (2) Benjamin Martell (2)
January 31 Anke Wagner Gunther Göbbel (3) Elli Erl (2)
Date Bottom Two
February 7 Gunther Göbbel (4) Elli Erl (3)
February 14 Benjamin Martell (3) Elli Erl (4)
February 21 Phillipe Bühler
March 13 Denise Tillmanns Elli Erl

1st Motto Show (My Pop Idol)[edit]

Contestant Song (Artist) Percentage/
Kemi Awosogba A Woman's Worth (Alicia Keys) 5.42% (7/13)
Gunther Göbbel Quit Playing Games (With My Heart) (Backstreet Boys) 7.42% (6/13)
Elli Erl Like the Way I Do (Melissa Etheridge) 8.96% (4/13)
Denise Tillmanns Forever and for Always (Shania Twain) 12.82% (3/13)
Steffen Frommberger I Just Called to Say I Love You (Stevie Wonder) 2.66% (11/13)
Ricky Ord Feel (Robbie Williams) 2.47% (13/13)
Jessica Houston Together Again (Janet Jackson) 2.50% (12/13)
Benny Martell Against All Odds (Take a Look at Me Now) (Phil Collins) 5.10% (9/13)
Anke Wagner Ironic (Alanis Morissette) 16.49% (2/13)
Judith Burmeister Think Twice (Céline Dion) 4.99% (10/13)
Phillippe Bühler Cosmic Girl (Jamiroquai) 17.60% (1/13)
Aida Ilijasevic You Keep Me Hanging On (Kim Wilde) 5.35% (8/13)
Lorenzo Woodard (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction (The Rolling Stones) 8.21% (5/13)

Bottom 4: Judith Burmeister, Jessica Houston, Steffen Frommberg, Ricky Ord

Eliminated: Jessica Houston & Ricky Ord

2nd Motto Show (Rock and Pop Ballads)[edit]

Singer Song Placing
Benny Martell Angels (Robbie Williams) 8.09% (5/11)
Elli Erl I'm with You (Avril Lavigne) 4.74% (6/11)
Steffen Frommberger Wherever You Will Go (The Calling) 2.46% (11/11)
Aida Iljasevic Don't Speak (No Doubt) 4.53% (7/11)
Denise Tillmanns What's Love Got to Do with It (Tina Turner) 15.34% (2/11)
Lorenzo Woodard I Belong to You (Lenny Kravitz) 4.06% (9/11)
Judith Burmeister Für Dich (Yvonne Catterfeld) 4.39% (8/11)
Kemi Awosogba Nothing Compares 2 U (Prince) 3.77% (10/11)
Gunther Göbbel Careless Whisper (George Michael) 12.38% (4/11)
Anke Wagner I Turn to You (Christina Aguilera) 13.72% (3/11)
Phillippe Bühler You Are Not Alone (Michael Jackson) 26.53% (1/11)

Bottom 2: Judith Burmeister, Steffen Frommberger

Eliminated: Steffen Frommberger

3rd Motto Show (My year of birth)[edit]

Singer Song Placing
Elli Erl Hot Stuff (Donna Summer - 1979) 8.50% (4/10)
Lorenzo Woodard Karma Chameleon (Culture Club - 1984) 4.34% (10/10)
Aida Iljasevic All By Myself (Eric Carmen - 1976) 5.67% (7/10)
Benny Martell Sexy Eyes (Dr. Hook - 1980) 6.09% (6/10)
Judith Burmeister Take My Breath Away (Berlin - 1986) 4.90% (8/10)
Kemi Awosogba I Love Rock 'n' Roll (Joan Jett - 1982) 4.76% (9/10)
Phillippe Bühler Tainted Love (Soft Cell - 1981) 16.27% (2/10)
Anke Wagner You Light Up My Life (Debbie Boone - 1978) 15.29% (3/10)
Denise Tillmanns Self Control (Laura Branigan - 1983) 26.15% (1/10)
Gunther Göbbel Don't Stop 'til You Get Enough (Michael Jackson - 1979) 8.03% (5/10)

Bottom 2: Lorenzo Woodard, Judith Burmeister

Eliminated: Lorenzo Woodard

4th Motto Show (Christmas)[edit]

Singer Song Placing
Benny Martell Last Christmas (Wham!) 6.67% (8/9)
Aida Iljasevic Wonderful Dream (Melanie Thornton) 7.01% (5/9)
Anke Wagner White Christmas (Bing Crosby) 12.67% (3/9)
Elli Erl Happy Xmas (War Is Over) (John Lennon/Yoko Ono) 11.28% (4/9)
Judith Burmeister Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (Gene Autry) 6.73% (7/9)
Kemi Awosogba O Holy Night (Traditional) 3.54% (9/9)
Denise Tillmanns Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree (Brenda Lee) 19.56% (2/9)
Gunther Göbbel Santa Claus Is Coming to Town (Tony Bennett) 7.01% (6/9)
Phillippe Bühler Winter Wonderland (Tony Bennett) 25.52% (1/9)

Bottom 2: Judith Burmeister, Kemi Awosogba

Eliminated : Kemi Awosogba

5th Motto Show (Elton John & Madonna)[edit]

Singer Song Placing
Elli Erl American Pie (Madonna) 7.68% (6/8)
Phillippe Bühler I'm Still Standing (Elton John) 18.83% (3/8)
Judith Burmeister Material Girl (Madonna) 5.97% (8/8)
Benny Martell Can You Feel the Love Tonight (Elton John) 19.89% (2/8)
Denise Tillmanns The Power of Good-Bye (Madonna) 20.41% (1/8)
Gunther Göbbel Candle in the Wind (Elton John) 7.19% (7/8)
Aida Ilijasevic Express Yourself (Madonna) 10.43% (4/8)
Anke Wagner Open Your Heart (Madonna) 9.60% (5/8)

Bottom 2: Anke Wagner, Judith Burmeister

Eliminated: Judith Burmeister

6th Motto Show (Big Band)[edit]

Singer Song Placing
Gunther Göbbel Ain't That a Kick in the Head (Robbie Williams) 7.77% (6/7)
Elli Erl It's Not Unusual (Tom Jones) 10.84% (3/7)
Phillippe Bühler For Once in My Life (Stevie Wonder) 22.32% (2/7)
Anke Wagner You Are the Sunshine of My Life (Stevie Wonder) 10.58% (4/7)
Aida Ilijasevic Cheek to Cheek (Fred Astaire) 7.71% (7/7)
Denise Tillmanns Hit the Road Jack (Ray Charles) 30.28% (1/7)
Benny Martell Theme from New York, New York (Frank Sinatra) 10.50% (5/7)

Bottom 2: Aida Ilijasevic, Gunther Göbbel

Eliminated: Aida Ilijasevic

7th Motto Show (Seventies)[edit]

Singer Song Placing
Benny Martell Mandy (Barry Manilow) 20.57% (3/6)
Anke Wagner Don't Leave Me This Way (Thelma Houston) 8.37% (6/6)
Gunther Göbbel You to Me Are Everything (The Real Thing) 9,18% (5/6)
Elli Erl When I Need You (Leo Sayer) 15.50% (4/6)
Denise Tillmanns I Will Survive (Gloria Gaynor) 21.29% (2/6)
Phillippe Bühler September (Earth, Wind & Fire) 25.09% (1/6)

Bottom 2: Gunther Göbbel, Anke Wagner

Eliminated: Anke Wagner

8th Motto Show (Movies)[edit]

Singer Song Placing
Denise Tillmanns (Everything I Do) I Do It for You (Bryan Adams) 21.70% (2/5)
Gunther Göbbel When You Say Nothing at All (Ronan Keating) 12.58% (5/5)
Benny Martell You'll Be In My Heart (Phil Collins) 20.14% (3/5)
Elli Erl I Don't Want to Miss a Thing (Aerosmith) 17.30% (4/5)
Phillippe Bühler Sie sieht mich einfach nicht (Xavier Naidoo) 28.28% (1/5)

Bottom 2: Gunther Göbbel, Denise Tillmanns

Eliminated: Gunther Göbbel

9th Motto Show (Judges' Choice)[edit]

Singer Song Placing
Benny Martell Relight My Fire (Dan Hartman) & Love Is All Around (Wet Wet Wet) 16.91% (4/4)
Elli Erl Bette Davis Eyes (Kim Carnes) & Trouble (Pink) 17.63% (3/4)
Phillippe Bühler Walking Away (Lenny Kravitz) & Maria Maria (Santana) 31.25% (2/4)
Denise Tillmanns Can't Fight the Moonlight (LeAnn Rimes) & The Power of Love (Jennifer Rush) 34.21% (1/4)

Bottom 2: Phillippe Bühler, Benny Martell

Eliminated: Benny Martell

10th Motto Show (Sixties)[edit]

Singer Song Placing
Elli Erl Son of a Preacher Man (Dusty Springfield) & California Dreamin' (The Mamas & the Papas) 38.17% (1/3)
Philippe Bühler A Whiter Shade of Pale (Procol Harum) & Respect (Aretha Franklin) 29.12% (3/3)
Denise Tillmanns Downtown (Petula Clark) & Stop! In the Name of Love (The Supremes) 32.71% (2/3)

Bottom 2: Denise Tillmanns, Phillippe Bühler

Eliminated: Phillippe Bühler


Contestant Song (Artist) Percentage/
Denise Tillmanns I Will Survive (Gloria Gaynor) 39,00% (2/2)
(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman (Aretha Franklin)
This Is My Life (Winner's Single)
Elli Erl Like the Way I Do (Melissa Etheridge) 61,00% (1/2)
Out of Reach (Out of Reach)
This Is My Life (Winner's Single)

Winner: Elli Erl

Runner - Up: Denise Tillmanns


DSDS Finalists

  • Albums: Magic of Music (2003)
  • Singles: "Believe in Miracles", "Don't Call it Love" (Promotional)

Elli Erl

  • Albums: Shout It Out (2004)
  • Singles: "This is My Life", "In My Dream", "Not My Type", "Get Up", "Better Than the Rest"

Phillipe Bühler Singles: "Warum", "Ich Kann Dich Lieben"

Benjamin Martell Singles: "1st Fan Edition"

Gunther Göbbel Singles: "Meant 2 Be", "Stand by Me", "Only You", "Girl you know it's true", "Right here waiting for you"

Anke Wagner Albums: Close to Me (2005) Singles: "Cool Days, Cool Nights"

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Elimination chart[edit]

Did Not Perform Female Male Top 50 Top 13 Winner
Safe Safe First Safe Last Eliminated Wild Card Did Not Perform
Stage: Semi Wild
Week: 10/8 10/15 10/22 10/29 11/5 11/12 11/22 11/29 12/13 12/20 1/10 1/17 1/31 2/7 2/14 2/21 3/13
Place Contestant Result
1 Elli Erl 1st Bottom 3 Bottom 3 Bottom 2 Bottom 2 Winner
2 Denise Tillmanns 2nd Bottom 2 Runner-Up
3 Philippe Bühler Elim 1st Elim
4 Benjamin Martell 1st Bottom 2 Bottom 3 Bottom 3 Elim
5 Gunther Göbbel Elim JC Bottom 2 Bottom 2 Bottom 2 Elim
6 Anke Wagner Elim JC Elim
7 Aida Ilijasevic 1st Elim
8 Judith Burmeister 1st Bottom 4 Bottom 3 Bottom 3 Elim
9 Kemi Awosogba 2nd Bottom 2 Bottom 2 Elim
10 Lorenzo Woodard 2nd Bottom 3 Elim
11 Steffen Frommenberger 2nd Bottom 3 Elim
12 Jessica Houston 1st Elim
13 Ricky Ord 2nd
Bendix Amonat Elim Elim
Constanze Beßing Elim
Eni Aksoy Elim
Jenny Adler Elim
Michael Löw Elim
Roger Moore Elim
Stefan Neubacher Elim
Final 5
Annette H Elim
Bernd O
Christian Petru
Djamila D
Manuel D
Marlene P
Patrick G
Final 4
Desmond P Elim
Helmut Orosz
Miriam S
Roger Sery
Sarah C
Thomas M
Final 3
Andreas H Elim
Elke Mühlberger
Jeanne-Marie Lalić
Kaya Laß
Martin B
Meik Schröder
Stefanie N
Final 2
Dennis W Elim
Jenny Gerdts
Khanh Nguyen
Veronika S
Final 1
John Patrick Elim
Kristina Dörfer
Sascha Schmitz

See also[edit]

Preceded by
Season 1 (2002/03)
Deutschland sucht den SuperStar
Season 2 (2003/04)
Succeeded by
Season 3 (2005/06)