Austria has decided: it’s the Trackshittaz!
Austra held their National Final, “Österreich rockt den Song Contest”, this Friday, and ten songs fought it out for the right to represent the country in Baku this May. Acts ranged from pop to rock to ballads to jazz, but, of course, only one could win out.
After a two-song Superfinal, Mühlviertel-based party-rap group Trackshittaz won the night with their ode to bootyshaking, “Woki mit deim Popo”:
Trackshittaz won the final by a razor-thin margin over the gender-bending Conchita Wurst and her disco anthem “That’s What I Am”:
The winning band, made up of Lukas Plöchl and Manuel Hoffelner, nearly made it to Eurovision last year, coming in second place to eventual winner Nadine Beiler. Their 2011 submission, “Oida Taunz!” made it to the top of the Austrian Singles chart, but missed out on the ticket to Düsseldorf. It looks like 2012 was their year, however!
Often times, people predict that non-English-language ESC entries are at a bit of a handicap, as they might not be as universally understood by a pan-European audience. Since the EBU’s language rule was abandoned after the 1998 contest, only one non-English song has won (2007’s “Molitva”). In 2010, the highest ranked song without English lyrics was Greece’s “OPA!”, in 8th place, while the 2011 Final roster only had three songs completely bereft of the language (Serbia, France, and Spain). To some, this might be a fear-inducing hurdle. However, despite the fact that “Woki mit deim Popo” is not only in German, but in a regional dialect of the language, the general message of “shake your booty” is pretty universal, especially considering the song’s presentation. Whether that comprehension will translate into actual votes the night of their semifinal is still to be seen, of course, but at the very least, this should get the crowds in the Baku Crystal stadium on their feet and working what their mommas gave them.
Posted on February 27, '12, in 2012, Austria. Bookmark the permalink. 9 Comments.
Now, I don’t speak any German, but the name of that group seems to me to be, shall we say, slightly NSFW. Is this going to be a problem?
If anything, it might be an issue for the English-speaking Broadcasters (BBC, RTÉ, maybe the Maltese). I’m not sure if they’ll have to market themselves as the “Tracksh*ttas” or “Trackhittas” or something…but I don’t know if there’s actually much of a precedent for this at Eurovision!
It’s not just that though, isn’t it… the words “Woki Mit Deim Popo” isnt the first thing that springs to mind when you listen to the pronunciation of this song’s chorus!!!
True…but you can’t really control how a lyric is misheard by another language’s ears. But it will be very interesting to see what, if anything, they do to the song or their own marketing!
You most certainly can, and they are!
That’s not accidental. There’s no “-ing” in “Woki mit dein Popo” but they are most definitely (excuse the pun) inserting one.
So much for getting the ESC onto American television …..
OidaTaunz was better than this!
I think it’s a case of what I like to call “Manboy Syndrome”…they make it to the ESC with a somewhat weaker song than what they had during their first attempt at a National Final. Happened with Eric Saade (in my opinion), Kurt Calleja, Donny Montell…the list goes on and on.
I would agree with you. The “Manboy Syndrome” can also be extended to previous Eurovision winners as well, Dana International, Charlotte Nilsson/Pirelli and Niamh Kavanagh.
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