Alexander Klaws (born 3 September 1983) is a German singer, songwriter, and actor. Born and raised in Ahlen, he rose to fame in 2003 after winning the debut season of the television series Deutschland sucht den Superstar, the German version of Idol series. His debut single, "Take Me Tonight", topped the German and Swiss Singles Charts and became the third best-selling single of 2003 in Germany. Klaws's debut studio album, Take Your Chance (2003), debuted at number one on German Albums Chart. It was certified gold by the Bundesverband Musikindustrie (BVMI). The following year, his second album Here I Am reprised this success. In 2005, Klaws parted ways with his management and musical mentor Dieter Bohlen and developed a more rock-oriented sound with the release of his third album, Attention! (2006).
Alexander had a typical childhood growing up in Sendenhorst, Germany with his parents Richard and Hildegard and older sister Melanie (born 1980). He was an avid soccer player, and still plays soccer on charity teams whenever he finds the time. Alexander's musical gifts became apparent when he was still in elementary school. He made his first television appearance at the age of 10, performing Haddaway's "What Is Love" on a national TV show for children. By the time he was 13, Alexander was already taking vocal and piano lessons to strengthen his voice.
2002–03: Deutschland sucht den Superstar
In 2002, Klaws was encouraged by his family and friends to audition for the debut season of the reality television series Deutschland sucht den Superstar. Although he was considered as one of the more inconspicuous top ten finalists at the very beginning of the show, he was able to boost his popularity constantly with standout performances of Robbie Williams' "Angels" or Michael Sembello's "Maniac". Klaws went on to win the competition on 8 March 2003, earning 70.1% of the votes against runner-up Juliette Schoppmann and without being sent into the bottom three throughout the season. Immediately after winning DSDS, Klaws was signed to a record deal with SonyBMG, while jury member Dieter Bohlen was consulted to produce his debut album on the company. On 17 March 2003 his debut single, "Take Me Tonight" was released. The song was performed by Klaws during the season finale of DSDS. The song subsequently debuted at number 1 in Germany and Switzerland. It eventually went on to become the second best-selling single of 2002 behind "We Have a Dream" and was certified quintuple gold by the Bundesverband Musikindustrie (BVMI). In May he followed-up with his debut album Take Your Chance, which saw similar success and spawned a second single "Stay with Me". At the end of a year he entered the top of the charts again with "Free Like the Wind", the soundtrack to the German TV movie Held der Gladiatoren.
On 25 December 2003, Klaws participated in the television special competition World Idol in London along the inaugural winners of the several Idol television series around the world. He was contractually obligated to participate, and performed Michael Sembello's "Maniac". On 1 January 2004 he finished ninth in the competition.
|Week #||Theme||Song choice||Original artist||Order #||Result|
|Top 30||Semi Finals||"Angels"||Robbie Williams||1/10||29.0%|
|Top 10||My Idol||"Every Breath You Take"||Sting & The Police||4/10||8.1%|
|Top 9||Love Songs||"Hello"||Lionel Richie||5/9||6.2%|
|Top 8||Hits of 2002||"If Tomorrow Never Comes"||Ronan Keating||3/8||17.6%|
|Top 7||Musicals||"Starlight Express"||Starlight Express||4/7||15.2%|
|Top 6||Songs of the 1980s||"Right Here Waiting"||Richard Marx||2/6||21.2%|
|Top 5||Big Band||"Mack the Knife"||Frank Sinatra||12/5||24.9%|
|Top 4||Songs of the 1970s||"Maniac"
"Relight My Fire"
|Top 3||Movie Hits||"I Believe I Can Fly"
"You Can Leave Your Hat On"
|Top 2||Finale||"She's the One"
"Take Me Tonight"
2004 - Career development
In 2004 Klaws returned with his second album Here I Am. Like its predecessor, the album debuted at number 1 on the German charts, but it ultimately failed to live up to the overwhelming success of his debut album. In spite of this, the album managed to snag Klaws another three top-20 hits with "Behind the Sun", "Sunshine After the Rain" and "Here I Am". He went on to record and release a duet with German singer Sabrina Weckerlin, "All (I Ever Want)", the theme song to the musical The Three Musketeers.
Klaws studied song and acting at the "Joop van den Ende Academie" in Hamburg and starded a famose career as a musical star. He played a lot of various characters and work with Roman Polański and Phil Collins.
After a brief absence from the limelight Alexander returned in early 2006 with the single "Not Like You" and his third album Attention!. Both the album and the single barely made it to the top 20 on the German charts. As a result of Attention!'s relatively weak showing, SonyBMG opted not to release another single from the album. His fourth album was released in early April 2008. It is the first album that Klaws has done that is completely in his native language of German. Klaws fifth studio album Auf die Bühne, fertig, los! was released on October 16, 2015.
Musical- and TV Engagements
Tanz der Vampire – Musical – (Alfred) – Theater des Westens - Berlin - Dezember 2006 bis März 2008
Anna und die Liebe – Telenovela – (Lars Hauschke) - SAT 1 - August 2008 bis Mai 2010
Tarzan – Musical – (Tarzan) – Theater Neue Flora - Hamburg - Mai 2010 bis Juni 2013
Der Schuh des Manitu – Musical - (Ranger) – Openair Tecklenburg - Juni 2013 bis August 2013
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat - Musical - (Joseph) - Openair Tecklenburg - Juni 2014 bis August 2014
Jesus Christ Superstar - Rockoper - (Jesus) - Opera Dortmund - Oktober 2014 - November 2015
Jesus Christ Superstar - Rockoper - (Jesus) - Theater Basel (Schweiz) - Januar 2016 - Juni 2016
Saturday Night Fever - Musical –(Tony Manero) - Freilichtbühne Tecklenburg - Juli 2016 bis September 2016
Tarzan – Musical –(Tarzan) – Metronom Theater Oberhausen - ab November 2016