Popstars: Girls forever is the ninth season of Popstars (Germany), in which young aspiring female singers/dancers competed in order to claim their spots to make it into the next girl group. The contestants, who also lived together during the course of the series, were groomed and judged by choreographer Detlef D! Soost, and were judged on their vocal and dancing ability by manager Thomas Stein, who had previously been a judge on the first two seasons of Deutschland sucht den Superstar, and "Die Happy"-singer Marta Jandová, who is also about to write songs for the final band. This is the format for the ninth season of the Popstars (Germany) series, focusing mostly on female dancers/singers, looking for fame in the music industry. This season's catch phrase is "Follow the Star". The season's promotional songs were Gabriella Cilmi's "On a Mission" redeemed by Monrose with "This Is Me", which also serves as the opening theme.
The show ran from Thursday, August 19, 2010 to December 9, 2010 on Pro7. The show will be repeated on VIVA on the following Friday, Sunday and Tuesday. Auditions were held in 16 German cities, not involving the judges appearing on TV, and through Online-Casting. The last chance to audition were four audition-dates in Offenbach and Duisburg in front of the real judges.
A so-called "Talent Check" was held after the castings to see which girls were talented enough to be a popstar. The "Talent Check" was followed by four weeks of workshop in a band-house in Munich. The remaining girls were invited to Nashville, Tennessee, USA for another kind of workshop in another luxurious band-house. Following those eight weeks of workshop were four weeks of live shows for the remaining girls. During the live shows the audience decided the name of the band and which four girls would form the new band (the members by televoting the name by voting on the official site). Throughout the live shows the girls were coached by stars and also performed with them on-stage.
The jury is very surprised by Meike because of her great voice. As the jury couldn't decide whether Betty or Svenja should get the chance to attend the Talent Check, they let them have a singing battle, for which they were coached by Marit Larsen.
In addition to the personal castings there were online castings held for four weeks. The girls chosen by the jury were Maria, Denise, Gloria, Jessica.
Critical audience, prominent visitations and another rivalry: The 21 potential Popstars that were selected at the auditions, met each other in Munich for the first time. Before this week's groups were announced, the judges had a surprise for the girls: The online contestants were introduced to the other girls at the Talent Check. Every girl had to sing in front of the jury again. Gloria was given bad criticism and withdrew. The girls performed on stage in front of their families and friends for the first time. Scottish singer Amy Macdonald supported the potentials and gave some advice. Denise, Chantal and Dilara were eliminated.
The girls were coached by Ne-Yo, e.g. they had to remove all their make up and sing an acoustic-version of a very personal song and show their emotions in a close-up. There was dispute between the girls as they all live in one house. Jasmin and Milka were eliminated.
The girls got a haircut and trained their skills in different music video shoots ("California Gurls" by Katy Perry, "Whenever, Wherever" by Shakira, "Earth Song" by Michael Jackson and "Numb" by U2). After having an allergic reaction Ines was rushed to a hospital. She didn't perform with the other girls but was given the option to come back as soon as she was well again. Rosalie caused some trouble as she broke the rules and left the house. She stated to want to go home but stayed anyway. Kim Wilde helped the girls look-wise. Maria was eliminated.
The girls were taught by Regina Halmich and Culcha Candela. Rosalie and Katrin, who were estranged since the last episode, conciliated. Angel-Ann was replaced as bandleader due to her weak leading abilities. Diba was made bandleader instead. Ines recovered and moved back into the house. Angel-Ann and Sash were eliminated. After the elimination Sash was accused for stealing stuff from the other girls.
After having been brought to a church by judge Marta, the girls got to meet Paul Potts and had to sing an acoustic version of either Hallelujah or Ave Maria in the same church. Rosalie once again disrupted her group by disputing with Pascaline and several other candidates. The girls moved out of their house and travelled to a dripstone cave inside which they performed their songs. The girls' families came to watch the show, Meike was the only one not to have attendants. Every group was praised for their performance. Esra burnt her arm during their group's performance because she was positioned near the fire and refused to move away because she didn't want to break the performance. This example of her 180°-Twist in teamwork was positively mentioned by D. After having been eliminated, Rosalie suffered a nervous breakdown.
Episode 10: Girls@Work I - "Let Me Entertain You"
First Aired: October 21, 2010
Jessica withdrew. The girls travelled to Nashville and moved into another kind of bandhouse. Meike was the last one to move into a room with the other girls and was therefore criticized again for being a self-inflicted outsider. Robbie Williams was the artist coaching them this week. He was specially fond of Esra, described her as naughty and charismatic and chose her along with Meike, Sarah and Isabelle to perform his song "Feel". The girls were brought to a famous recording studio and got the chance to get a salaried job. Pascaline, Jenny and Yonca got the job and therefore recorded a song. Sonni was eliminated.
Episode 11: Girls@Work II - "Express Yourself"
First Aired: October 28, 2010
The girls got to meet Kevin Richardson, former member of Backstreet Boys. After performing their favourite song for him, he chose four girls, Julia, about whom he said she had the best voice, Meike, Katrin and Claudia, to sing backing vocals for his new song. This week's band-leaders, Julia, Yonca, Ines and Sarah, got to meet Maroon 5 and sing backing vocals for their rehearsal, however they had to act as the band's roadies. After doing a rehearsal of their performances in front of all the other girls, Detlef D! Soost asked the girls to each tell him in front of the entire group the two girls they could imagine least to be in a band with. Everyone chose Esra and, along with Meike herself, Meike. Isabelle was eliminated.
Episode 12: Girls@Work III - "Country Feeling"
First Aired: November 04, 2010
Detlef D! Soost announced that one of the girls gets to sing the American national anthem at a football game at the Vanderbilt Stadium in Nashville. Sarah was the one who got the job. For another job, recording a song for the soundtrack of German comedyHanni & Nanni, the girls had to perform their favourite song in front of the client again. Sarah and Julia were the ones who got the job and therefore recorded a song. On the following day, the girls had to perform country-songs with backing bands in so-called honky-tonks and had to collect money for their show. Therefore, the girls were split into groups. The group who earned the most consisted of Katrin, Yonca and Diba. Throughout the week Meike has been criticized for being an outsider again. For this week's performances the girls sang with Meg Pfeiffer and her band. No one was eliminated.
This week's band-leaders, Jenny, Diba and Pascaline, were invited to an American breakfast television-show where they had to promote their upcoming performances. The girls got to record a song together, a cover of hit singleI Swear by All-4-One. Three of the girls, Julia, Esra and Jenny, got to perform Smile by and with Uncle Kracker. During the actual show there girls got to perform Hey, Soul Sister by and with Train. Ines was eliminated.