'It's the biggest brothel on German TV'
Published: 21 Mar 2013 07:03 GMT+01:00
Updated: 21 Mar 2013 07:03 GMT+01:00
After being branded a "slut" by the host of Germany's answer to "Pop Idol" and outing the show's behind-the-scenes sex antics, singer Sarah Joelle Jahnel has raised enough eyebrows to be named The Local's German of the Week.
Cologne-native Jahnel sung her way to a place in the final ten candidates on Deutschland Sucht den Superstar (DSDS) before being booted off on Saturday. Yet the recent Playboy model has refused to go quietly and turned to the country's biggest tabloid Bild with a host of dirty backstage secrets.
“DSDS is the biggest brothel on German TV,” she claimed, adding that a more appropriate name would have been “Germany's searching for super sex” instead of “Germany's searching for a Superstar.”
While Jahnel was adamant that she was not a poor loser, she did say she was annoyed at the show's host Dieter Bohlen, 58, for “making her out to be a slut” because of her skimpy outfits and nude photo-shoot for Playboy magazine.
She pointed to rampant bed-hopping and heady nights while the show was being filmed in the Caribbean. One candidate slunk into bed with two men from the production team like it “was the most normal thing in the world,” said Jahnel, adding that she tended to be tucked up in bed at 9pm.
In the intimate Playboy interview – which is to be published in April – she tells interviewers about having sex for the first time aged 14, and experimenting with other women.
Bohlen's treatment of Jahnel during her time on the programme sparked an uproar in the German media and had the country talking about whether her choice to wear lots of make-up and little clothing warranted the presenter labelling her “the party slut from Cologne.”
Forgoing her name, Germany's equivalent to Simon Cowell told the jury that “we have to take the slut with us,” when she went through to the next round.
Jahnel made clear that neither she nor her family found Bohlen's comments funny. Why then, she went on to pose nude in Playboy, is not clear.
What is clear, however, is that the singer's revelations to Bild mean millions of viewers tuning into RTL on Saturday will all know a little more about the contestants.