The 'perfect flesh' of Helene Fischer
Published: 03 Jan 2013 10:27 GMT+01:00
If you've never heard of Helene Fischer, simply ask any German over the age of 60 about the pretty blonde entertainer.
The petite 28-year-old is currently the biggest star of Germany's schmaltzy Schlager music scene that is so popular with the country's pensioners.
A regular of the country's plethora of public TV shows featuring granny-friendly Volksmusik, Fischer stands out with her squeaky-clean good looks, unflagging professionalism and ability to sing live. To top it off, Germany's ideal girl next door is dating the country's leading Schlager show host, Florian Silbereisen.
Although she stands only 1.58 metres tall, Fischer's ambition is outsized.
Her latest live album "Für einen Tag" zoomed to the top of the German charts, adding to the five million albums she's sold. A tour of 46 cities sold out its 300,000 tickets.
"When I do something, I go all the way," she told daily newspaper Bild last month.
But not content with a successful singing career, she wowed audiences with a successful TV Christmas special for broadcaster ARD and has joined the cast of Germany's juggernaut of a cruise ship series "Traumschiff" on ZDF. Both TV channels are already reportedly fighting to give her a regular Saturday night variety show this year.
Normally stingy with superlatives, the German press gushes about Fischer. While the daily Die Welt recently described her as "perfection in the flesh," the Rheinische Post said "the multi-talented Schlager singer can simply do everything – even perfection."
Born into an ethnic German family in deepest Siberia in 1984, she moved to Rhineland-Palatinate at the age of four. After graduating from a vocational high school, she studied at stage and musical school in Frankfurt am Main.
She received a recording contract after her mother send her demo CD to an agent, and first appeared on television in May 2005 on "Hochzeitsfest der Volksmusik."
Ironically, she sang a duet with her current beau, Silbereisen.