By Rob Hyde
Madame Tussauds Vienna is organising a life-size wax sculpture of fur boot-loving, golden-locked Austrian folk singer, Hansi Hinterseer.
The singer and former Austrian skier, famous for his dyed blonde hair, friendly smile, and hits such as “Heut ist dein Tag” and “Ich denk an Dich”, is to appear next year in the form of a wax figure at the Madame Tussauds display cabinet at Vienna’s Prater.
In order to assist the experts in their work, Hinterseer recently had to suffer 2.5 hours of being photographed from all angles. Instead of complaining, however, the singer said:
“To be honest I was surprised at the care and attention to detail people worked with. I normally prefer moving around, but for Madame Tussauds I enjoyed keeping still.”
Managing director of the Madame Tussauds branch in Vienna, Arabella Kruschinski, said she was delighted both to have Mr Hinterseer and with how to kept himself under control despite the distractions and lights and cameras. She said:
“We feel honoured that Mr Hinterseer took time out for us and we have to pay him a special compliment for having been so patient for so long.”
Mr Hinterseer was son of skiing champion Ernst Hinterseer, and began by following in his father’s footsteps.
After a 20 year successful career as a skiing champion, however, he became involved in music after amazing singing for a music producer at his birthday party. The producer was amazed and quickly signed Hinterseer up to a record deal with Bertelsmann.
Before long Interseer had his first Album “Wenn man sich lieb hat” which reached 24 in the Austrian charts. A series of record deals, awards and even television appearances through to 2005, at which point Hinterseer was granted the declaration of honour for services to the republic of Austria.
By 2007 Hinterseer’s music had already caught on in Germany and Switzerland. Just three years later, his hits had even managed to move ahead of big names such as Lady Gaga.
Mr Hinterseer’s next performance is on 30th August at the Open Air Bürgeralpe in Mariazell, in the small Styrian town in the Salza valley.