Rudi Carrell

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Rudi Carrell (19 December 1934, Alkmaar, Netherlands — 7 July 2006, Bremen, Germany), born Rudolf Wijbrand Kesselaar, was a German entertainer of Dutch origin. Along with famous entertainers such as Johannes Heesters and Sylvie van der Vaart, Carrell was one of the most successful Dutch personalities active in Germany.

He worked as a television entertainer and hosted his own show. The Rudi Carrell Show ran first in the Netherlands, then in Germany for many years. Carrell was also a singer with a number of hits, and acted in several movie.

Eurovision Song Contest

He represented the Netherlands at the Eurovision Song Contest 1960 singing "" (What luck). He finished 12th out of 13 scoring just 2 points. Carrell provided the Dutch radio commentary for the 1987 Contest.

Rudi Carrell Show

The "Rudi Carrell Show" was a huge success in Germany from the 1960s to the 1990s. The show included a similar concept to "Star Search" or "Pop Idol" and brought many well-known German pop stars and actors to prominence, such as Alexis or Mark Keller. It also featured comedy sketches.

His show was also pretty popular in some other European non-German speaking countries like Slovenia.

In between he hosted other popular shows, including "Am laufenden Band", "Rudis Tagesshow", "Herzblatt", "Die verflixte Sieben" and "7 Tage, 7 Köpfe".

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