• Germany edition
 
German of the Week
Teen finds web fame singing dumpling hymn
Photo: Youtube

Teen finds web fame singing dumpling hymn

Published: 28 Mar 2013 10:25 GMT+01:00
Updated: 28 Mar 2013 10:25 GMT+01:00

Fritz Wagner has shot to internet fame after making a video of himself singing a funny song about his favourite dumplings. With over 2.5 million views on YouTube and a recording contract, the teenager is The Local's German of the Week.

Wagner is just 14 but shows a fair degree of professionalism on the video - as well as suitably fluffy hair and a great shirt.

The schoolboy from the central-eastern German state of Thuringia sings in the classic German Schlager style, extolling the virtues of the huge potato dumplings known as Klöße as the camera follows him around several typical regional scenarios.

He takes a walk through the woods to a countryside restaurant where he is filmed in the kitchen, lifting the lid off a pan of water while the chef throws in the dumplings.

His praise of the traditional German dish continues in various shots, sitting with a traditionally dressed couple eating their meal, and at the top of a church tower with the rolling hills of eastern Germany behind him.

More than 2.5 million people have already watched the song on YouTube, no doubt marvelling at lyrics such as "I am addicted to them, the dumplings are so important to me."

Now Fritz has landed a contract with Warner Music Group Germany and his song will be available on CD for those who want to hear it over and over again.

And while some might sneer at Schlager, it is a huge industry in Germany, in which Fritz Wagner will doubtless become a fixture.

The Local/hc

Related links:

The Local (news@thelocal.de)

Don't miss...X
Left Right

Your comments about this article

14:11 March 28, 2013 by Cartooncat
To be picky... it's not really Schlagermusik but rather Volksmusik. But yes... it does make you want to forgive Julie Andrews everything.
12:26 March 29, 2013 by Englishted
Where the hell are GEMA when for once they are needed ?.
08:28 March 31, 2013 by Wolfgang Fritz
This is Germany's Justin Beiber. wunderbar!
13:13 April 4, 2013 by ichbines
God help us poor prisoners of Germany!
02:05 April 6, 2013 by Landmine
Good job kid, but get a haircut! You look like a girl!!!
15:30 April 7, 2013 by Tom the Frog
How does one put into words simply how bad this is?!
18:16 April 9, 2013 by john p sullivan
A very well thought out video. Excellent work by all.

Ein sehr gut durchdacht Video. Ausgezeichnete Arbeit von allen
Today's headlines
Minister's jet grounded twice in a month
Foreign Minister Steinmeier reboards his plane after the delay. Photo: DPA

Minister's jet grounded twice in a month

German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier had to wait for two hours on a runway on Wednesday night due to a technical glitch on his plane - the second problem the jet has had in a month. READ () »

German of the Week
'It's important people are confronted with cancer'
Photo: Marina Proksch-Park

'It's important people are confronted with cancer'

Images of children with cancer often evoke weakness and defeat. But Marina Proksch-Park shows them enjoying life. The photographer who has sparked an online campaign with her pictures is The Local's German of the Week. READ () »

CDU candidate forced to remove Turkish logo
Yasar Calik. Photo: Facebook/Yasar Calik

CDU candidate forced to remove Turkish logo

A Christian Democrat (CDU) town council candidate has apologized and withdrawn campaign bags on which he had printed a new party logo where the Turkish crescent appeared inside the "C" for Christian. READ () »

Cheap flights get pricier as airlines expand
Lufthansa's daughter company Germanwings is one of the faster-growing budget airlines in Germany. Photo: DPA

Cheap flights get pricier as airlines expand

Budget airlines are expanding their range of routes from Germany but ticket prices are climbing along with them, a report from the German Aeronautics Centre (DLR) revealed on Thursday. READ () »

Ecclestone lawyers: Bribes never happened
Bernie Ecclestone with his lawyers in a Munich court on Thursday morning. Photo: DPA

Ecclestone lawyers: Bribes never happened

UPDATE: Formula One supremo Bernie Ecclestone went on trial in Germany on Thursday, denying charges of bribery that threaten to land the British billionaire in jail. READ () »

Minister praises Erasmus 'success story'
Photo: DPA

Minister praises Erasmus 'success story'

A revamped version of European student exchange programme Erasmus officially launched in Berlin on Thursday with Germany's education minister praising the scheme as a Europe-wide “success story”. READ () »

Turkey tourists lose call to prayer refund bid
Photo: DPA

Turkey tourists lose call to prayer refund bid

A German couple has lost their legal fight to get a refund for a Turkish holiday which they said was ruined by the calls to prayer from a nearby mosque. It is just one of a series of court claims by picky German tourists. READ () »

Germany halts arms sales to Russia
Russian troops surround a Ukrainian base in Crimea. Photo: DPA

Germany halts arms sales to Russia

Germany has stopped selling arms to Russia due to the current “political situation”, according to reports on Thursday. The sale of military equipment to Russia by German firms has been criticized by the country’s Nato allies. READ () »

Truck kills man lying in middle of road
Photo: DPA

Truck kills man lying in middle of road

Police were searching for witnesses on Wednesday morning following a mysterious road accident in which a 25-year-old man was killed as he lay in the middle of the road. READ () »

Where are Germany's smartest towns?
Germany's cleverest town. Photo: DPA

Where are Germany's smartest towns?

A brain training website released scores on Wednesday showing which German towns performed best and worst in a range of cognitive tests - with some surprising results. READ () »

RECEIVE OUR NEWSLETTER AND ALERTS
Photo: DPA
National
Germany sold €40 million of arms to Russia
Photo: DPA
National
Girls find live ammunition in Easter bonfire
Photo: Facebook/screenshot
Berlin
Germany's most viral advert for an apartment?
Gallery
11 things you need to know about German beer
Photo: DPA
Politics
Interview with AfD - 'If Britain goes, Europe is lost'
Photo: DPA
National
Police damage own water cannon with eggs
Photo: DPA
National
Let us start work later after World Cup nights, unions says
Photo: DPA
Society
Crystal meth use hits record level
Photo: DPA
Rhineland
Elderly man taped €200,000 to his genitals
Photo: DPA
Business & Money
What's the unemployment rate in your area of Germany?
Photo: Galerie Bilderwelt
Gallery
World War I in colour photos
Photo: DPA
Society
JobTalk: Why you should teach English in Germany
Advertisement:
Photo: DPA
National
330,000 sign up against TV licence fee
Photo: Submitted
Frankfurt
'I'll get even with my old pal Schwarzenegger'
Photo: DPA
Gallery
Ten great inventions you (probably) didn't know were German
Photo: J. Arthur White
Berlin
Clashes in Berlin as refugees tear down their own camp
Photo: DPA
Gallery
The 10 best German employers to work for
CurrencyFair
Sponsored Article
Why it pays to avoid banks when making overseas transfers
Mr. Lodge
Sponsored Article
How to find a furnished rental in Munich
Sponsored Article
How to make a lasting impression in business
Photo: DPA
Society
Nine jobs you can only do in Germany
Photo: DPA
Business & Money
JobTalk: All you need to know about working in Germany
Photo: DPA
Features
The Local List Archive - Your guide to all things German
National
Share news tips with The Local Germany
Latest news from The Local in Switzerland

More news from Switzerland at thelocal.ch

Latest news from The Local in Spain

More news from Spain at thelocal.es

Latest news from The Local in France

More news from France at thelocal.fr

Latest news from The Local in Italy

More news from Italy at thelocal.it

Latest news from The Local in Norway

More news from Norway at thelocal.no

Latest news from The Local in Sweden

More news from Sweden at thelocal.se

3,077
jobs available
Toytown Germany
Germany's English-speaking crowd