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Elli Erl

Elli Erl
Background information
Birth name Elisabeth Maria Erl
Born (1979-05-25) 25 May 1979
Origin Straubing, Bavaria, Germany
Genres Rock, pop
Occupation(s) Singer, songwriter, guitarist
Years active 1999–present
Labels SonyBMG
Website Official site

Elli Erl (born Elisabeth Maria Erl on 25 May 1979 in Straubing, Bavaria) is a German musician, who came to fame as the winner of the second season of the television show Deutschland sucht den SuperStar, the German version of Pop Idol.[1]


  • Biography 1
  • Private Life 2
  • Discography 3
    • Albums 3.1
    • Singles 3.2
  • References 4
  • External links 5


Erl had a typical childhood growing up in Straubing, Germany with her parents Ludwig and Renate and her brothers Josef (Josey) and Ludwig Jr. In elementary school she started learning the trumpet, piano and the guitar opposite expanding interests in tennis, cycling and skiing. In her late teenage years she became the lead singer of several soul and rock bands, including The Gong FM Band, LOP and the more popular Panta Rei. After her high school graduation at Anton-Bruckner-Gymnasium Straubing, Elli decided to become a student teacher and began studying Music and Sports at Regensburg University.[2]

Around the same time, in 2003, she participated in the second season of Deutschland sucht den SuperStar. Because of her massive stage experience, her raspy voice and the unconventional look she was seen as an early favourite by the judges and also by the audience, who enabled her to sing against comrade-in-arms Denise Tillmanns during the final show. However, in the end she beat out runner-up Tillmanns by a margin of 11 percent. She was the show's only female winner for nine years until the tenth season.

Elli's first single "This Is My Life" (written and produced by Dieter Bohlen) was released in April 2004 via BMG. In comparison with "Take Me Tonight", the debut single by first season's winner Alexander Klaws, the song failed to become a big hit and peaked only at #3 on the German single chart. Afterwards Elli decided not to collaborate with Dieter Bohlen once again (as Klaws had done before), caused by personal and musical differences with the judge. She eventually released her self-composed second single "In My Dreams", but neither the single nor her debut album "Shout It Out" could reach the top 30 once again. As a consequence she went on tour with her band Panta Rei for some time.

In winter 2006, Erl's previously unreleased record "Better Than the Best" was chosen to become the Corporate Song for DHL.

After her 2007 Album, "Moving On", failed to make an impact she chose to get full creative control over her subsequent work and founded her own record label 1773 Records.

Her third album "Human" is slated for a May 2009 release. Erl has written most of the tracks and played several instruments (acoustic guitar, piano, harmonica and accordion) on the album.

Private Life

Nowadays, Erl is working as a teacher at a Realschule in Düsseldorf.[3][4] Her father is headmaster in a Realschule in Regenstauf in Bavaria.[5] Elli Erl is bisexual, but prefers to have relationships with women.[6]



  • Shout It Out (2004) GER: 4#
  • Moving On (2007)
  • Human (2009)
  • Human Reloaded (EP) (2010)


Year Title Chart Positions Album
2004 "This is my life" 3 6 11 Shout It Out
"Never be Follow" - - -
" In My Dream" 40 - -
2005 "Not my Type" 90 - -
"Our Lesson" 69 - -
2006 "Gimme Gimme Gimme" 16 57 97 A Man after Midnight
"Run to your Arms" 74 - -
2007 "Parachute" 85 - -
2006 "Strong enough" 52 - - Play a Game
"Playtime" 93 - -


  1. ^ "Next up, world domination for Ben".  
  2. ^ Graef, Kerstin. "Über Elli". Elli the voice. Kerstin Graef. Retrieved 26 January 2013. 
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External links

  • Official site
Preceded by
Alexander Klaws
Deutschland sucht den Superstar

Season 2 (2004)
Succeeded by
Tobias Regner
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