Arabella Kiesbauer

Cosima Arabella-Asereba Kiesbauer (born 8 April 1969), known professionally as Arabella Kiesbauer, is a German-Austrian TV presenter, writer and actress. She grew up in Vienna with her grandmother after her mother Hannelore (a German theater actress) and her father Sammy Ammissah (a Ghanaian engineer) separated.

Arabella Kiesbauer
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Kiesbauer at the Romy TV awards in Vienna, Austria in 2016.
Cosima Arabella-Asereba Kiesbauer

(1969-04-08) 8 April 1969 (age 50)
OccupationTV presenter, writer, actress
Years active1989–present
Known forHosting Arabella, Starmania and the Vienna Opera Ball
Florens Eblinger (m. 2004)


Kiesbauer at Advent celebration 2004

While she studied journalism and dramaturgy she started to work as presenter with the Austrian public service television broadcaster ORF.[1]

From 1994 to 2004 she hosted her own daily talk show Arabella on the German TV channel Pro7. On 17 January 2006 she started a weekly late night talk show Talk ohne Show on the Berlin TV station N24 TV.[2] However, after 40 shows she resigned suddenly claiming that the frequent traveling between Vienna and Berlin was putting too much stress on her private life.[3]

Arabella Kiesbauer won several awards for her TV work, 1994 the Bayerischen Fernsehpreis in the category "Beste Talk-Newcomerin" and 1996 the media award Das Goldene Kabel. She appeared in the German Playboy on the cover and 14 pages in July 1995.[4] Arabella Kiesbauer also works as a model and fashion ambassador for the shoe company Vögele Shoes.[5]

On 17 December 2007, she hosted the 2007 FIFA World Player of the Year awards at the Zurich Opera House in Zurich, Switzerland with Rainer Maria Salzgeber.[6]

On 23 May 2015, Kiesbauer hosted the Eurovision Song Contest 2015 along with Mirjam Weichselbraun and Alice Tumler at the Wiener Stadthalle in Vienna.[7]

Personal lifeEdit

On 9 June 1995 she was the target of a letter bomb by the racist terrorist Franz Fuchs at the Pro7 studios. However she did not open the letter; this being done by her assistant who was subsequently injured by the bomb.[8]

Since November 2004, Kiesbauer has been married to the Viennese businessman Florens Eblinger.[9] They have a daughter called Nika who was born in Vienna on 2 December 2007 and a son Neo born on 19 December 2010.[10]



Year Title Channel Role
1989–1993 X-Large ORF Presenter
1990/1991 Inter-City 3Sat
1991 Rund um Hollywood ProSieben
1994–2004 Arabella
1996–97 Arabella night
1996 Arabella Help!
2002–04, 2006–09 Starmania ORF1
2003–06 Wiener Opernball[11] Co-presenter
2004 Comeback – Die große Chance ProSieben Presenter
Sound of Football ORF
Die Austro-Pop-Show
2005 Stars in der Manege ARD
2006 Arabella Kiesbauer N24
2012–13 Life Ball ORF eins Co-presenter
2012–14 Kiddy Contest Puls 4 Presenter
2014–15 Bauer sucht Frau ATV
2015 Eurovision Song Contest 2015 ORF eins Co-presenter
2020 The Masked Singer Austria Puls 4 Presenter


  • Mein Erfolgs Programm (1998 VGS Verlagsges., K) ISBN 3-8025-1360-6
  • Nobody is perfect (2001 Lübbe) ISBN 3-404-14246-2
  • Mein afrikanisches Herz (September 2007 Pendo Verlag GmbH) ISBN 3-86612-132-6


  • Number one (CD 1994, Eviam Musi (DA Music), EAN 4018771410320)
  1. Tonight
  2. Cold Fever
  3. All I Want (Classic-Mix)
  4. True Love
  5. No More Lonely Nights
  6. Life

7. Tonight (Moonlight-Mix)
8. When The Sun Goes Down
9. No One Like You
10. All I Want (Groove-Mix)
11. What A Love
12. Still My Number One

  • CD compilation Arabella Soul Night
  • Girl-Power (2000, presented by Arabella Kiesbauer)


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Preceded by
  Lise Rønne, Nikolaj Koppel and Pilou Asbæk
Eurovision Song Contest presenter
(with Mirjam Weichselbraun and Alice Tumler)

Succeeded by
  Petra Mede and Måns Zelmerlöw