New jury member Leony protects shelves

The singer and judge Leony has her own opinion about Dieter Bohlen’s style on “DSDS”.Image: RTL/Stefan Gregorowius

Carla Hermel

Filming is currently underway for the 20th and final season of “DSDS”. Leony, Pietro Lombardi, Katja Krasavice and Dieter Bohlen are on the jury after he was banned for a year. The show’s 19th season was the first without him, as RTL planned to become more family-friendly. Bohlen’s comments, some of which were very condescending, therefore had no place in the program on which the quotas fell with the new jury.

Dieter Bohlen was promptly back. Compared to “Bunte”, new judge Leony now spoke about working with him and also clarified her view of Bohlen’s style.

Leony protects Dieter Bohlen

Leony, whose real name is Leonie Burger, was personally brought to the show by Bohlen. The two previously collaborated on a cover of Modern Talking hit “Brother Louie”. The singer also made music with well-known artists such as Capital Bra, Sido, Finch, Kontra K and her new colleague Katja Krasavice. She also reached number five in the German charts with her radio hit “Remedy”.

She now said of Bohlen that he was “super nice” privately. In addition, of course, he has an open and honest way of doing things, the singer emphasized:

“Dieter is, of course, Dieter, he’s just open and honest, which some people can’t stand whether it’s Dieter or anyone else.”

She further defended the pop titan by pointing out that he’s been like that for twenty years. Candidates should know and be prepared for the fact that “Dieter will bring one saying or the other”. Still, he “became nicer too,” Leony explained.

“DSDS” has long been criticized

Dieter Bohlen, “DSDS” and broadcaster RTL have often been criticized for deliberately humiliating people on television for quotas. In particular, the accusation that “DSDS” deliberately chooses bad singers and sometimes personalities for the TV casting who deviate from the ideal of beauty is widespread. For this, the candidates were first suggested that they had talent.

In front of the camera and the TV jury, they were then turned away with insulting slogans to amuse the audience. Dieter Bohlen described not only the vocal performance, but also the appearance of the contestants as “shit”.

Leony knows what it’s like to participate in a talent show

Leony saw things a little differently. About her previous experience with “DSDS”, the singer said that she had “super great candidates, great singers and great characters of course”. Everything is “great fun” and the jury laughs a lot.

She also knows what it’s like to participate in a casting show, since in 2014 she won the RTL show “Rising Star” with her band Unknown Passenger. That’s why she finds it a shame when she sometimes has to “burst her dream of a music career”:

“Of course it was also a big dream of mine at the time to become a musician or singer. That applies to everyone who was with us now, and of course it hurts sometimes when you have to let it burst.”

On the other hand, you can also help many people to make this dream come true, Leony emphasizes.


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