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Ok, I went to the German Pop Idol casting "Deutschland sucht den Superstar" after I joked around with a buddy about going there and singing a Johnny Cash song. I did it just for kicks not with the intention of getting to the recalls or anything but I thought it was an exciting experience some of you might find interesting. Here's the story:

6 am: My alarm clock rings, I hit the snooze button. 30 minutes later I'm pouring hot water over my body in the shower to get the overwhelming urge to crawl back into bed out of my mind. Rinse with cold water... *ouch*. Ok, I'm feeling better. Next step... Coffee. I'm feeling grande. More or less. But I do have a goal for today and I'm willing to sacrifice a few hours of sleep for that. I'm going to the "Deutschland sucht den Superstar" casting and I will sing a stereotypical clichéd country song. Johnny Cash - Ghost Riders In The Sky.

Back in my room I play a few scales to warm up my fingers and sing a little bit to warm up... downwards. Good old Ghostriders just goes down very low for an almost tenor as me and I already capoed it at fret 2. Any halftone higher just sounds like crap. And at that point my capo was still missing somewhere under stacks of book scattered around my room. But it's OK, my voice is in decent shape, I hit the low F for the song but that's probably due to the earliness of the morning. Next song: The Temptations - My Girl. Beautiful, I'm grooving. The encore: Ben Harper - Another Lonely Day... The jury will cry tears. And I found my capo again, the day'll be great. I pack up my guitar, my documents and my camera and resolve to make breakfast.

My roommate, Paul, is already up, just finishing taking his shower. Breakfast couldn't be any better, give a guy coffee, bacon and scrambled eggs in the morning and he'll be happy. We head to the train station, buy our tickets and off we go. Nothing too exciting on the train ride, we meet a group of teenage girls who are going to the casting, too. One of them is actually quite decent looking, so we chat them up a bit for a little small talk.

In Wiesbaden we hop out of the train and search for the bus station to take us to the Kurhaus before we decide to walk there. I notice, that there are no signs guiding the way or anything. Somehow I'd imagined that a production of this scale could be a little bit more professional at this. I've seem smaller events that had guideposts set up.

At the location, lots of people. Prepped up girly girls, guidos with multilayered poloshirts in pinstripe jackets, popped collars and spiked hair, the occasional fun guys with a beat-up old acoustic who get a blast out of going to this sort of event. We take our place in a long line of people, waiting for their casting.

First huge disappointment. I was more or less expecting this to be a casting of the sort where you check in, wait until you're number is called, walk in, sing, walk out, go home and wait for some email or call. Nope. A well-built security (!) guy shows up and explains the further procedure to everyone from the front. Without P.A. To a few hundred noisy wanna-be-musicians. After that nothing happens.

Small groups start to form, doing the standard small-talk routine. Eventually the topic shifts to the songs everybody's going to perform and the guys with guitars (I didn't spot any girls with guitars) are asked if they can play [insert random cheesy popsong]. I have a guitar with me and I can't play the random cheesy popsong. But I'm asked to play one of the songs I'm going to sing. So, I get out my acoustic and start singing Ghostriders. Silence. Blank stares. Nobody freaking knows the song. Come on guys, it was on the Blues Brothers 2000 soundtrack. I mean, the movie was crap, but the soundtrack was ace. And Johnny Cash covered it, too. After that we start out into the obligatory Blues in A, Blues in E jam sessions, that are inevitable whenever guitarists meet.

After a while there is movement. The whole group is taken out to the front of the casino where they are going to shoot some scenes where everybody is pretending to be happy and having the time of their life. Comeon dumbasses, nobody believes, that 1000 people come running to a casino screaming "Deutschland sucht den Superstar". And I have a gigbag I carry around. I can't run with it, without looking incredibly, incredibly stupid. That's not the way you're making people excited. Well maybe the dumb ones. The kids with the I can't believe this'll be on TV attitude. You know, that's the whole reason you're able to do this. Ah well, anyway. I follow along, trying my best to get some kick out of this. We have to do the same shot a bunch of times and the whole production seems very, very unprofessional. No PA, no megaphones, nobody knows what to do. It comes to an end eventually and we can check in.

I find myself way back in the line and I have to wait for another estimated half an hour. Some more idly noodling on guitar, watching attention whoring girls sing into cameras. Bad. Or worse. This is fun. A rather shyish radio reporter spots me and asks me if I could say some "Hello, I'm Johannes and you're listening to SkyRadio"-line and sing one of my songs. No problem I might end up being ridiculed in public anyway so it doesn't matter when it happens. Ben Harper - Another Lonely Day. I fumble myself through some improvised intro with the songs chords and start to sing. People around me turn silent. It's a quiet song and I don't feel like loud vocal posing. But the crowd seemed to have liked it, I get a more-than-polite applause from the people around me and the reporter seems impressed and asks me a few more questions. Apparently he thinks I could make it.
5 minutes later I check in.
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Last edited by tulkas_1985 at Sep 10, 2006,
#3
Not for UG Contribution, it isn't an interesting article, just post it in The Pit.
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Leave him be, could be an intresting story. Just need's a few ninja's and rambo.
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Sorry about the paragraph thing. I split it up a little. I actually wrote the thing for my blog and so I'm not pissed if you don't consider this a good article for UG.
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#9
I didnt think it was too bad. I can see this in the junkyard.

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I didnt think it was too bad. I can see this in the junkyard.
Lol, that sounds like an insult

Anyways, mildly interesting, I'm pretty curious for Part II, so I guess it did its job
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I am curious. Junkyard maybe, considering its doesnt fit anywhere else
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Lol, that sounds like an insult

Anyways, mildly interesting, I'm pretty curious for Part II, so I guess it did its job


Haha, hey it was UG who named it junkyard....

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This is intented for the Junkyard of course . Where do I submit it?
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worth a read I guess

am intersted in what happens next
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Did you get through?


Do you want me to spoil part 2 ? I'll have the second part finished some time this week, there is some other stuff I have to write first.
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#17
Sounded interesting to me, I'd like to hear the reast.
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#18
I actually thought it was really interesting! It's great to read an actual firsthand account of this... its main appeal is that this actually happened to you! I'd love to see it up. I'm definitely curious to read Part II. This is interesting stuff!
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How can I get this approved? I submitted it and the eMail said I have to wait for this to be approved for the contributions.
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#20
part 2! part 2!
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I will finish the second part soon. But I need to get this approved and I don't know how.
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