An odd bird, for sure, Guildo Horn is a German singer/entertainer whose shtick includes eccentric behavior, an outrageous appearance, and thoroughly ironic schlager songs. In some ways, he's like a German equivalent of Weird Al Yankovic. In terms of fame, he's notable for finishing seventh in the 1998 Eurovision Song Contest with his song "Guildo Hat Euch Lieb!" Born Horst Köhler on February 15, 1963, in Trier, Horn began his music career as a schlagersänger at age 29, when he got a job as an entertainer in Cologne at the Luxor performance venue. His debut album, Rückkehr Nach Mendocino (1992), was recorded live there. In 1994 Horn made his debut on the ZDF-Hitparade, a popular and well-known music contest show on ZDF (i.e., Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen), a public television station based in Mainz, and finished in third place, demonstrating his knack for such performance contests, given his novel act.