Max Buskohl

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Max Buskohl
Birth nameMaximilian Söhnke Buskohl
Born18 November 1988 (1988-11-18) (age 30)
Berlin, Germany
Years active2005–present
Associated actsEmpty Trash, Carl Carlton and The Songdogs, Klaus Voorman, Eric Burdon

Max Buskohl (born 18 November 1988 in Berlin, Germany) was a contestant who finished 4th in season 4 of Deutschland sucht den Superstar. Buskohl stated in an interview with Der Spiegel that he left DSDS voluntarily while RTL claims they threw out Max.


Early life[edit]

Buskohl lives with his mother and sister in Berlin.[1] Buskohl was part of a band called Empty Trash with his friend Stefan, who was the guitarist, and Julius, who played bass.[2][3] Max's father is Carl Carlton.[3] Buskohl lived in a boarding school in Ireland until 2006.[4]


Buskohl finished 4th in season 4.[2] Buskohl auditioned for DSDS because he lost a bet.[2] Max decided to leave the show after failing in an attempt to get his band, Empty Trash, included in the recording contract if he had won.[2] Viewers had wondered about judge Dieter Bohlen's uncharacteristic behaviour when he gave an extremely critical review of Buskohl's performance on 21 April 2007. Buskohl is alleged to have said that Bohlen was asocial, which explains Bohlen's negative reaction. However, RTL stated that "We have made it clear that we are not looking for super-band, but a superstar".[2] Buskohl decided to leave the show the Thursday prior to Top 4.[5] Buskohl stated in an interview with Der Spiegel that he left DSDS voluntarily while RTL claims they threw out Buskohl.[6] Bohlen claims that Max tried to "extort record company and the station".[7] Buskohl participated in the Top 4 at RTL's request.[5] Dieter Bohlen stated that "You may not give a shit what I say, so I do not give a damn what you're singing" during the Top 4.[5] Martin Stosch, who was originally eliminated, replaced Buskohl in the show.[5][8] Buskohl was considered a heartthrob on the show with his "super-slim" body and being 1.95 m (6 ft 5 in) tall.[1]


Week Theme Original airdate Song (Artist) Percentage/
1st Top 20 Show (Boys) - 7 February 2007 Bad Day (Daniel Powter) 7,94% (5/9)
3rd Top 20 Show (Boys) 15 February 2007 Sweet Home Alabama (Lynyrd Skynyrd) 9,24% (5/8)
Top 10 Greatest Hits of All Time 24 February 2007 Fly Away (Lenny Kravitz) 6,00% (7/10)
Top 9 Greatest Hits of the 80s and 90s 10 March 2007 Gimme All Your Lovin' (ZZ Top) 8,92% (5/9)
Top 8 Power of Love 17 March 2007 Here Without You (3 Doors Down) 14,33% (3/8)
Top 7 Today's Hits 31 March 2007 This Love (Maroon 5) 11,75% (3/7)
Top 6 Big Band 7 April 2007 Hit the Road Jack (Ray Charles) 17,78% (2/6)
Top 5 Greatest Divas and Heroes of Music 14 April 2007 I Was Made for Lovin' You (Kiss) 19,88% (2/5)
Top 4 Hits of the 70s/Dedicated to 21 April 2007 All Right Now (Free) 19,80% (2/4)
When You Were Young (The Killers)


Buskohl needed emergency surgery on his right arm after being attacked.[9] Surgery saved his arm.[10] However, it was unclear if his ring finger would be saved.[10]

RTL prevented Buskohl from performing on ProSieben.[11] Deutschland sucht den Superstar candidates sign stricted contracts with RTL.[11] Candidates must get permission to performe on other TV stations.

Since appearing on DSDS, Buskohl has come out with two singles. He came out with "Here Without You" in 2007 and "You're Sixteen" in 2009.[12][13]

He also recorded a cover of "For What It's Worth" with his father Carl Carlton and Eric Burdon. His first solo album "Sidewalk Conversation" was released in late 2012. In 2013 he shared the stage with German singer Daniel Schuhmacher.



Year Title Peak chart position
2012 "Sidewalk Conversation"


Year Title Peak chart position
2007[12] "Here Without You"[12] [12]
2009[13] "You're Sixteen"[13] [13]
2012 "No More Bad Days" [14]


  1. ^ a b "Bohlen zickt gegen Max - ohne Erfolg". Die Welt. 22 April 2007. Retrieved 24 September 2011.
  2. ^ a b c d e ""Superstar"-Eklat: Aus für Max". Hamburger Morgenpost. 23 April 2007. Archived from the original on 6 February 2013. Retrieved 7 September 2011.
  3. ^ a b Popp, Maximilian (21 May 2007). "Reifeprüfung für den Rock-Rebellen". Der Spiegel. Retrieved 12 October 2011.
  4. ^ "Er lebt noch bei seiner Mutti". Das Bild. 26 April 2007. Retrieved 21 October 2011.
  5. ^ a b c d Dreyer, Patricia (23 April 2007). "Unser dummer Junge hat's zu spät gemerkt". Der Spiegel. Retrieved 18 October 2011.
  6. ^ Popp, Maximilian (5 May 2007). "Die wollten mich zerquetschen". Der Spiegel. Retrieved 24 September 2011.
  7. ^ "Max hat versucht uns zu erpressen". Die Welt. 25 April 2007. Retrieved 15 November 2011.
  8. ^ "Ich heule mir die Seele aus dem Leib". Der Spiegel. 23 April 2007. Retrieved 18 October 2011.
  9. ^ "RTL-Superstar bangt um seinen Arm". Das Bild. 12 March 2012. Retrieved 28 January 2012.
  10. ^ a b "Max Buskohls Arm ist gerettet". Das Bild. 14 March 2008. Retrieved 28 January 2012.
  11. ^ a b Reinhardt, Nora (21 January 2010). "Der Pop-Tyrann Bohlen ist zum Glück wieder da". Die Welt. Retrieved 28 January 2012.
  12. ^ a b c d "Single - Max Buskohl, Here Without You". Media Control. Retrieved 28 January 2012.
  13. ^ a b c d "Single - Klaus Voormann feat. Max Buskohl, You're Sixteen". Media Control. Retrieved 28 January 2012.
  14. ^ "Klaus Voormann feat. Max Buskohl - You're Sixteen". Hung Medien. Retrieved 28 January 2012.

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