The show originally went out on RTL2 in 2000 and ran for two seasons and the German free-to-air broadcaster has now brought it back.
The German show will be produced by Banijay-owned prodco Brainpool and the format deal was struck by Banijay International, which owns the format.
Andreas Bartl, RTL2 managing director, said: “We are delighted to see the return of Popstars – one of television’s most popular music brands – to its home station in Germany. We’re looking forward to working with Brainpool on the new version of this great talent search format.”
Brainpool’s Jörg Grabosch added: “We are very pleased to be going back to our roots with RTL II – our absolute ideal partner for the new Popstars. The original talent search format has arrived back where it belongs.”
In Germany, the show also ran on RTL’s arch-rival ProSieben for seven years.
The RTL deal is the latest for the talent format, which was originally created by Australian prodco Screentime. Banijay has recently struck deals with Kanal 5 in Denmark, Star TV in Turkey and D8 in France.