Ilse DeLange has been announced as one of the participants in Germany’s Let’s Dance, the equivalent of Strictly Come Dancing. The Dutch singer will first step on the dancefloor on 26th February.
Ilse DeLange and her German adventure
Taking part in Let’s Dance is the next step on Ilse’s German adventure. For a while now, the 43-year old has been aiming for a breakthrough there. After scoring hit after hit in her home country, she now felt it was time to aim for a bigger market. Her latest album, Changes, stayed in the German charts for eleven weeks. Before the Corona pandemic put live events to a hold, DeLange expanded her German club tour due to popular demand.
To boost her German career, DeLange took part in Sing meinen Song – Das Tauschkonzert in 2020. The show, based on the Dutch format Beste Zangers and similar to Sweden’s Så Mycket Bättre, brought her a lot of attention in Germany. After her participation there, DeLange once again represented the Netherlands in a contest: the Free European Song Contest. There, she claimed second place with Changes, only just behind Spain’s winner Nico Santos.
The German market is wide open for Ilse DeLange and her invitation to take part in Let’s Dance is both a reward for her efforts and success, as well as a new way of boosting her presence in Germany. The show usually draws between 4 and 5 million viewers every Friday night.
An international line-up
It’s safe to say that the creators of Let’s Dance have gone for an international line-up this time around. Aside from Ilse DeLange, they have also managed to contract Auma Obama. The key note speaker and sociologist is mostly known for being Barack Obama’s older sister, but after studying and living in Germany, she will now also take part in Let’s Dance. The last truly international face is Icelandic football star Rúrik Gíslason. Having played for 1. FC Nürnberg and SV Sandhausen in Germany, the 32-year old is mostly famous for going viral for his looks during the 2018 World Cup, where he played for Iceland.
On 26th February, the celebrities will all get to know their professional dancing partner for the upcoming season. They will then battle it out to find out who will become Dancing Star 2021. As always, the jury of the show consists of former professional dancers Joachim Llambi and South Africa’s Motsi Mabuse, as well as Cuban choreographer and fashion icon Jorge González. Daniel Hartwich and Victoria Swarovski will return as hosts.
The full list of fourteen celebrities is as follows:
- Ilse DeLange (43) – Dutch country singer
- Kai Ebel (56) – Formula 1 reporter
- Senna Gammour (41) – singer, former member of Monrose
- Rúrik Gíslason (32) – Icelandic retired football player
- Jan Hofer (68) – retired news anchor
- Mickie Krause (50) – schlager singer
- Vanessa Neigert (28) – Italian schlager singer
- Auma Obama (60) – Kenyan Germanist, sociologist, key note speaker
- Valentina Pahde (26) – actress & singer
- Nicolas Puschmann (29) – former Bachelor
- Kim Riekenberg (26) – model
- Erol Sander (52) – actor
- Lola Weippert (24) – presenter
- Simon Zachenhuber (23) – professional boxer
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