The Voice Kids (German TV series)

The Voice Kids is a German reality talent show created by John de Mol and a junior version of The Voice of Germany. Based on the original The Voice Kids of Holland, the show was developed for children between the ages of seven and fifteen years old. It began airing on Sat.1 on April 5, 2013.[1]

The Voice Kids
GenreReality television
Created byJohn de Mol
Presented by
Country of originGermany
Original languageGerman
No. of seasons9
No. of episodes68
Executive producers
Production locationsStudio Adlershof, Berlin
Running time120–150 minutes
DistributorTalpa (2013–2019)
ITV Studios Germany (2020–present)
Original networkSat.1
Picture format576i (SDTV) 1080i/1080p (HDTV)
Audio formatStereo
Original release5 April 2013 (2013-04-05) –
Preceded by
Followed by
Related shows
External links
Official Website

There are five different stages to the show: producers' auditions, blind auditions, battle rounds, sing-offs, and final. There have been eight winners to date: Michèle Bircher (12), Danyiom Mesmer (14), Noah-Levi Korth (13), Lukas Janisch (13), Sofie Thomas (11), Anisa Celik (10), Mimi & Josefin (13 & 15), Lisa-Marie Ramm (15), and Egon Werler (15).

Since its inaugural season, Thore Schölermann has served as host. A second main presenter was introduced in 2015, with Chantal Janzen from 2015 to 2016, Debbie Schippers from 2017 to 2018 and Melissa Khalaj from 2019 onward. Aline von Drateln was a backstage presenter in 2013 and was replaced by Nela Lee in 2014. The coaches for the upcoming season will be Stefanie Kloss, Álvaro Soler, Wincent Weiss and the duo Michi Beck & Smudo. Other coaches from previous seasons include Lena Meyer-Landrut, Henning Wehland, Tim Bendzko, Johannes Strate, Mark Forster, Sasha Schmitz, the duo Nena & Larissa Kerner, Max Giesinger, the duo The BossHoss and from the band Deine Freunde, Lukas Nimscheck & Flo Sump.

On April 2020, the show was renewed for a ninth season, which began airing on February 27, 2021.


On 25 October 2012, Sat1 announced that they will produce the a children's version of The Voice of Germany with Talpa and Schwartzkopff TV Productions. The new show, The Voice Kids, is based on the format of the original show and focuses on children aged from 8 to 15 years. Performers for the first season had to apply to participate, and about 70 children were cast for the first phase, the "Blind Auditions". The children are onstage with a large, curved curtain around them, effectively concealing their identity from the judges, audience, and viewers. The 3 jury members are sitting in swivel chairs with their backs to the stage. During the performance, they can elect to support a candidate by pressing a buzzer, which will automatically turn their seat towards the stage. At the end of their performance, the curtain drops, revealing the singer who then learns whether any chairs turned for them. If only one judge turns their chair, the candidate is automatically on their team. If more than one chair turns, the candidate chooses who they would like to have as their coach.

The second week of the competition is training week in which the coaches prepare their candidates for the second phase of competition, called the "Battle Round." In the Battle Round three candidates of the same coaching group are chosen to sing the same song as a trio. Each coach then picks one of their three candidates to continue on to the Final round.

The winner of the talent competition receives a training stipend of €15,000 and an optional recording contract. The parents of the victor decide whether they pursue this option or not.

The Voice Kids Germany is the most internationally popular version of The Voice concept with a large YouTube audience for its clips with strong audience interest that stretches far beyond fellow Europeans from Brazil to Vietnam, the Philippines and New Zealand. This is in part due to the fact that the contestants often have a multicultural background with one German parent and one immigrant parent or are first generation German born to an immigrant family. This YouTube impact is exemplified by then-13-year-old performer Laura Kamhuber, born in Austria, whose performance of Dolly Parton's anthem "I Will Always Love You" in the blind audition of the first (2013) series has garnered over 200 million views on YouTube (as of April 17),[2] and is the most watched YouTube video by an Austrian artist.[3] However, the channel deleted that video and re-uploaded in July 2021.

Coaches and presentersEdit


The Voice Kids coaches
Coach Seasons
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
Nena & Larissa
Deine Freunde
Michi & Smudo


The Voice Kids presenters
Presenter Seasons
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
Mimi & Josefin
Keanu Rapp
  Main presenter
  Backstage presenter
  Backstage-online presenter

Coaches and finalistsEdit

  • Winners are in bold, the finalists that went in the televoting are in italicized font, and the eliminated artists are in small font.
Season Coaches and their finalists
1 Tim Bendzko Lena Meyer-Landrut Henning Wehland N/A
Rita Gueli
Finn Hackenberg
Tim Peltzer
Michèle Bircher
Stephanie Schmidt
2 Johannes Strate Lena Meyer-Landrut Henning Wehland
Carlotta Truman
Jamica Blackett
Richard Istel
Selin Atici
Danyiom Mesmer
Hanna Michalowicz
3 Johannes Strate Lena Meyer-Landrut Mark Forster
Cosma Leonie
Noah-Levi Korth
Samuel Wernik
4 Sasha Schmitz Lena Meyer-Landrut Mark Forster
Shanice Özbicer
Noël Lunguana
Ridon Jakupi
Matteo Markus
Lukas Janisch
Lara Bloß
5 Sasha Schmitz Nena & Larissa Kerner Mark Forster
Luca Emmanuel Kuglmeier
Sofie Thomas
Diana Donatella
Lina Kuduzovic
6 Mark Forster Nena & Larissa Kerner Max Giesinger
Anisa Celik
Klaas Müller
Oliwia Czerniec
Santiago Ghigani
Natalia Joy
Benicio Bryant
Flavio Rizzello
Jonah Wichmann
7 Mark Forster Stefanie Kloss The BossHoss Lena Meyer-Landrut
Davit Nikalayan
Teodora Vio
Mimi & Josefin
Erik Panich
Thapelo Mashiane
Dio Dragaj
8 Max Giesinger Lena Meyer-Landrut Deine Freunde Sasha Schmitz
Phil Schaller
Nikolas Harrison
Paula Sophie
Lisa-Marie Ramm
9 Álvaro Soler Michi & Smudo Stefanie Kloss Wincent Weiss
Isabella Paruzzo
Oscar & Mino
Marko Budja
Egon Werler
Emily Lazarus

Series overviewEdit

Colour key

  Team Henning
  Team Lena
  Team Tim
  Team Johannes
  Team Mark
  Team Sasha
  Team Nena & Larissa
  Team Max
  Team BossHoss
  Team Stefanie
  Team Deine Freunde
  Team Alvaro
  Team Michi & Smudo
  Team Wincent
The Voice Kids series overview
Season First aired Last aired Winner Runners-up Winning coach Presenter(s) Coaches (chairs' order)
1 2 3 4
1 5 Apr 2013 10 May 2013 Michèle Bircher Rita Gueli Tim Peltzer No fourth finalist Henning Wehland Thore Schölermann Tim Lena Henning No fourth coach
2 21 Mar 2014 9 May 2014 Danyiom Mesmer Carlotta Truman Richard Istel Johannes
3 27 Feb 2015 24 Apr 2015 Noah-Levi Korth Cosma Leonie Zoë Lena Meyer-Landrut Thore Schölermann,
Chantal Janzen
4 5 Feb 2016 25 Mar 2016 Lukas Janisch Ridon Jakupi Shanice Özbicer Mark Forster Sasha
5 5 Feb 2017 26 Mar 2017 Sofie Thomas Diana Donatella Luca Kuglmeier Nena & Larissa Thore Schölermann,
Debbie Schippers
Nena & Larissa
6 11 Feb 2018 15 Apr 2018 Anisa Celik Benicio Bryant Santiago Ghigani Mark Forster Mark Max
7 17 Feb 2019 21 Apr 2019 Mimi & Josefin Davit Nikalayan Lea DeFrant Thapelo Mashiane The BossHoss Thore Schölermann,
Melissa Khalaj
Stefanie BossHoss Lena
8 23 Feb 2020 26 Apr 2020 Lisa-Marie Ramm Leroy Erxleben Nikolas Harrison Phil Schaller Sasha Schmitz Max Lena Deine Freunde Sasha
9 27 Feb 2021 25 Apr 2021 Egon Werler Isabella, Oscar & Mino, Vivienne, Constance, Marko, Rahel, Emily, Kiara, Henriette, Papuna, Rockzone Stefanie Kloss Alvaro Michi & Smudo Stefanie Wincent

Seasons' synopsisEdit

  Eliminated in the Final
  Stolen in the Sing-offs
  Eliminated in the Sing-offs
  Stolen in the Battles
  Eliminated in the Battles

Season 1 (2013)Edit

The first season of The Voice Kids in Germany premiered on 5 April and ended on 10 May 2013 on Sat.1. The coaches were Tim Bendzko, Lena Meyer-Landrut and Henning Wehland. The series was hosted by Thore Schölermann. The winner was Michèle Bircher from Team Henning Wehland.[4]

Coaches Top 36 Kids
Tim Rita Finn Aitziber Kieu
Alexandra Dana Gregory Hannah Elisa
Lara Marie Sarah Sean Thea
Lena Tim Aulona Chelsea Laurin
Emma Judith Laura Lisa
Luisa Mike Nicole Olivia
Henning Michèle Stéphanie Fabienne Maira
Alexandra Giuliana & Gilliana Iman Julika
Louisa Malin Marie Tim

Season 2 (2014)Edit

The second season of The Voice Kids in Germany premiered on 21 March and ended on 9 May 2014 on Sat.1. Lena Meyer-Landrut and Henning Wehland returned for their second season as coaches. Johannes Strate completed the panel, replacing Tim Bendzko. Thore Schölermann returned for his second season as host. The winner was Danyiom Mesmer from Team Henning Wehland.[5]

Coaches Top 46 Kids
Johannes Carlotta Jamica Joel Samuel
Soufjan Hannah Leif Nadine
Pia Renaz Sabeschni Sarah
Tamara Vanessa Vanessa
Lena Richard Selin Lara Naomi
Patrizia Stepan Caitlin Helena
Jasmin Julia Lene Lukas
Noah Selma Simon Theodore
Henning Daniyom Hanna Chiara Larissa
Melissa Alexandra Amina Carlo
Emmie Lee Ilayda Lukas Michele
Naomi Salvatore Saphira

Season 3 (2015)Edit

The third season of The Voice Kids in Germany premiered on 27 February and ended on 24 April 2015 on Sat.1. Lena Meyer-Landrut returned for her third season as coach, and Johannes Strate returned for his second season as coach. Mark Forster completed the panel, replacing Henning Wehland. Thore Schölermann returned for his third season as host. The winner was Noah-Levi Korth from team Lena Meyer-Landrut.[6]

Coaches Top 45 Kids
Johannes Cosma Nestor Anna Sophie Tamino
Alperen Amber Angelina Duy Elinor
Jorena Julian Julie Liv Solomia
Lena Noah-Levi Samuel Linnea Molly Sue Tilman
Dave Eleni Joli Loredana Luca
Luna Michele Paulina Renée Rika
Mark Zoë Antonia Emil Lukas Samira
Alberina Alina Benita Christin Joana
Keanu Leonie Lorena Malte Simon

Season 4 (2016)Edit

The fourth season of The Voice Kids in Germany premiered on 5 February and ended on 25 March 2016 on Sat.1. Lena Meyer-Landrut returned for her fourth season as coach, and Mark Forster returned for his second season as coach. Sasha Schmitz completed the panel, replacing Johannes Strate. Thore Schölermann returned for his fourth season as host. The winner was Lukas Janisch from team Mark Forster.[7]

Coaches Top 45 Kids
Sasha Shanice Noël Felix Sofia Theo
Amaro Amely Emily Eray Ilan
Jette Maxime Maximilian Samira Theresa
Lena Ridon Matteo Markus Magdalina Melisa Yassine
The Anh Claudia Emma Gabriele Jessy
Leilani Matteo Merdan Robin Shayene
Mark Lukas Lara Anne Hala Patrik
Can Chiara Chiara Indra Jaimy
Maria Sanie Sanja Tom Wilson

Season 5 (2017)Edit

The fifth season of The Voice Kids in Germany premiered on 5 February and ended on 26 March 2017 on Sat.1. Mark Forster returned for his third season as coach, and Sasha Schmitz returned for his second season as coach. Former coach from the adult version, Nena and her daughter Larissa Kerner completed the panel as a duo coach replacing Lena Meyer-Landrut. Thore Schölermann returned for his fifth season as host. The winner was Sofie Thomas from team Nena & Larissa.[8]

Coaches Top 45 Kids
Sasha Luca Leonie Marie-Sophie Eric Zeynep Zoe Wees
Anastasia Andreas Evgenia Jacqueline Marin Miran
Nick Nora Roman & Michael Tara
Nena & Larissa Sofie Leon Pia Camilla Grace Zoé-Loes
Andrej Chiara Jacqueline & Jeanette Julia Leah Matteo
Natalie Neha Samuel Sarah
Mark Diana Eric Lina Leonie Pia Ruben
Anais Ashley Elvira Iggi Kayan Leon
Markus Michael Nele Nils
Note: Italicized names are stolen artists from the Sing-offs (names struck through within former teams).

Season 6 (2018)Edit

The sixth season of The Voice Kids in Germany premiered on 11 February and ended on 15 April 2018 on Sat.1. Mark Forster returned for his fourth season as coach, while Nena & Larissa Kerner returned for their second season as coaches. The Voice of Germany season 1 finalist Max Giesinger joined the panel as a new coach replacing Sascha Schmitz. Thore Schölermann returned for his sixth season as host. The winner was Anisa Celik from team Mark Forster.[9][10]

Coaches Top 54 Kids
Mark Anisa Klaas Oliwia Jonah Charlotte Jil Julian
Chiara Daria Eliza Gabriel Kayla Leni Lucas
Marissa Pepe Philias Shayan Sienna
Nena & Larissa Santiago Alycia Natalia Joy Oliwia Emma Josephine Sarah
Bjarne Christian Cristian Emily Friederike Gina-Maria Lea
Lily-Marie Melisa Sara Tim Zlata
Max Benicio Flavio Jonah Natalia Joy Dimitrios Jouline Phil
Besim Diana Joey Jule Lena Lisa Marcel
Maxima Nadin Nina Selina Samuele
Note: Italicized names are stolen artists from the Sing-offs (names struck through within former teams).

Season 7 (2019)Edit

The seventh season of The Voice Kids in Germany premiered on 17 February 2019 on Sat.1. For the first time in the show's history, the coaching panel would consist of four coaches instead of three. Mark Forster was joined by Lena Meyer-Landrut who returned after two seasons of absence, with Stefanie Kloss and The BossHoss joining as new coaches. Thore Schölermann returned for his seventh season as host, with Melissa Khalaj as the new host replacing Debbie Schippers. Iggy Kelly joined as new Backstage-Online.[11] The winners were sisters Mimi & Josefin from Team The BossHoss.[12]

Coaches Top 60 Kids
Mark Davit Teodora Cedrik Hala Theodor
Elena Evin Idalia Jenai Leon
Miracle Mondia Nils Peter Sila
Stefanie Lea Lazaros Anna Nelli Orlando
Cora David Evanthia Evelyne Fiona
Jonna Nils Theresa Tim Remy
BossHoss Mimi & Josefin Erik Abigail Ruza Tapiwa
Franz Greta Helena Isabelle Joshua
Kimberly Kira Laura-Céline Nico Philipp
Lena Thapelo Dio Leonie Lilo Nino
Elena Eske Jorden Kyria Lana
Lara Luana Magbule Max Nevio

Season 8 (2020)Edit

The eighth season of The Voice Kids in Germany premiered on February 23, 2020 on Sat.1. Lena Meyer-Landrut was joined by Max Giesinger, who last coached in the sixth season, Sasha Schmitz, who last coached two seasons prior, and with the new duo coach Lukas Nimscheck & Flo Sump (Deine Freunde). Thore Schölermann returned for his eighth season and Melissa Khalaj returned for her second season as hosts.[13] However, the backstage moderators were new: Last year's winners, the sibling duo Mimi & Josefin, returned to the music show in this function.[14] The winner was Lisa-Marie Ramm from Team Sasha. The live shows were filmed at an empty auditorium following Germany's COVID-19 pandemic.

Coaches Top 60 Kids
Max Phil Gianna Luc Nils Paula
Alija Anja Benedikta Cathleen Charis & Joleen
Daantje Daniella Mats Mayumi Michelle
Lena Nikolas Liana Bjondi Reza Suzan
Anna Bouchra Enno Kira Mae Luca
Mariebelle Renata Vladi Yaiza Yike
Deine Freunde Leroy Paula Sophie Anastasija David Sila
Brianna Brinn Elin Henry Learta
Mireille Rebeca Rosalie Stella Tina
Sasha Lisa-Marie Marc Jason Nora Arvena Timur
Bjorn Coco Igor Kathrin Lilyana
Marius Miguel Naima Rune Vivwareeya

Season 9 (2021)Edit

The ninth season of The Voice Kids in Germany premiered on February 27, 2021 on Sat.1. On November 15, 2020, it was announced that Stefanie Kloss will return for her second season of the series, after one season hiatus. Kloss was joined by former The Voice of Germany duo coach Michi & Smudo, and by debutants Álvaro Soler and Wincent Weiss.[15] Hosting, Thore Schölermann returned for his ninth season and Melissa Khalaj returned for her third season. The backstage host for the ninth season was Keanu Rapp, who was as a participant in the third season.[16]

Coaches Top 60 Kids
Alvaro Isabella Oscar & Mino Vivienne Hassan Ibrahim Sezin
Aanvi Hannes Katarina Mariam Maya Saralynn
Sven Tuana Veronika, Moritz & Xavier Viktoria
Michi & Smudo Constance Marko Rahel Daria Johannes Lenny
Joshua Amy Batteries of Rock Ben Elisa Jessica
Rio The Rockets Sebastian Tom
Stefanie Egon Emily Kiara Adriano Joshua Sefidin
Ibrahim Rockzone Alicia & Jasmina Arthur Grace Jellina
Johanna Leila Michel Michelle
Wincent Henriette Papuna Rockzone Alma Giada Marie
Daria Anton Chris Elisabeth Emily Fabio
Katharina Kirstin Lorena Nicklas
Note: Italicized names are stolen artists from the Battles (names struck through within former teams). Underlined names are artists who received the Fast Pass in the battles and directly advanced to the finale.


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