Pop icon Kim Wilde at the Rheinland-Pfalz Day on the SWR stage

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Wormser Zeitung (Germany)
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Susanne Müller

WORMS - All in black. Black top, black pants, only on the high-heeled boots she has blingbling at the heels. And her hair still blond: Kim Wilde. In the Eighties the pop icon, with hits like "Kids in America" and "Cambodia" made the "Bardot of pop music" at that time sensation - especially in Germany. Here she had her biggest fans - and still has them.

At the SWR stage in the market square, those who have aged with her sing along, singing about the love lost in Cambodia. Until late in the evening it's all on the big stage, the singer from the United Kingdom fits seamlessly into the cozy 80's soulfulness, with Nik Kershaw, Bell, Book & Candle - and Fools Garden fits in well. The German formation from Pforzheim offers Brit-Pop, their hit "Lemon Tree" was in 1995 for up and down doubled number one hit, the biggest success of the band's history.

The SWR has mobilized the stars on its stage, and the square in front of it and the adjacent streets are jam-packed. With people who enjoy the balmy air, have forgotten the midday showers who let themselves be carried away by the 80s feeling, they are happy about the advent of many good laughter with a glass of wine.

Kim Wilde tells her that her new album is called "Here come the Aliens" because she really believes that there are strangers out there: "I saw lights in the sky in 2009, I think they were UFOs," she says singer. And now she sings a few songs for them: "Maybe they will come then".

Between the songs, festival director Nico Hofmann is allowed to sit down on interview chairs, promising that from 20 July in front of the cathedral, it will be "very feminine and dynamic". And Klaus Krier, who is responsible for the decoration of the new bells, is on the subject of the cathedral and the bells answering questions - and is pleased that he met on the corridors of the city hall Kim Wilde. Here, where he is made up for TV, like the English star, he observes that "she has done well and still looks great."

Meanwhile, Karl-Heinz Winkler bobs in the crowd, at the celebrity between OB Michael Kissel and other representatives of the city, with his foot. To "Lemon Tree" by Fools Garden: "This is my time," said the chief organizer of the Rhineland-Palatinate day visibly resolved. Everything is going great, the weather is playing along, "it is now paying off that we have prepared everything so long and meticulously".

And the police, which is perceptibly present on the entire site, is satisfied. Three officials leaning against the Trinity Church and listening to Nik Kershaw smile, "It's all peaceful, people are laid back and cheerful," they say.