German music and TV producer and host of the comedy show TV Total Stefan Raab accuses public broadcaster ARD to steal his ideas. He said to keep on refusing producing the national final for the ARD. He also named this year's Eurovision Song Contest “musically gruesome”.
Raab, who is a successful TV show producer for private German TV station ProSieben, accused the public broadcasters ARD and ZDF to nick his ideas, namely when producing sport events with celebrities. “They collect fees and then help themselves with the fantastic ideas of private stations”, Raab said in an interview with magazine TV Spielfilm.
He stated that he is not willing to produce the German national final. In the recent discussion about the future of the German preselection format, following Gracia's last place in Kyiv, some suggested that Raab's TV show Bundesvision Song Contest (BSC), a nationalized version of the Eurovision Song Contest with 16 German federal states competing against each other, may be a good concept. Raab himself praised his Contest as “better and promising for the future”. He added “I have more fun with that as with this Oriental chart contest”.
Stefan Raab represented Germany at the Eurovision Song Contest 2000 with his self-penned title Wadde hadde dudde da and wrote the German entries of 1998 (Guildo Horn's Guildo hat Euch lieb) and 2004 (Max Mutzke's Can't wait until tonight).