He is one of the most successful artists in Germany’s preferred party capital — Mallorca in Spain. Now, producer and schlager singer Ikke Hüftgold has shared his interest in participating in Eurovision. And his application is sent!
This news comes after he gave multiple hints on his social media channels. While some users in the comments were wondering if this was simply a joke, he kept the hints coming. For example, he performed his most recent song “Ich schwanke noch” to stunned pedestrians in the heart of Milan in Italy.
@ikkehueftgold Ihr dachtet, ich mache Spaß? Meine Bewerbung ist raus 😁💪🏻 #esc2022 #ikkefürdeutschland #rapunzel #eurovisionsongcontest #ikkehüftgold @eurovision ♬ Originalton – Ikke Hüftgold
Later, he shared a video on his social media channels of him submitting his application, accompanied by the words, “I have said I would do it and now I’m doing it”.
Who is Ikke Hüftgold?
Ikke Hüftgold is a fictional character portrayed by Matthias Distel. He has been involved in the German party schlager scene for around a decade now, with its hotspot on the Spanish island of Mallorca. Basically all established artists there have worked with him as a songwriter or producer. This includes names like Mia Julia, Jürgen Milski and Lorenz Büffel. His most successful production is Johnny Däpp with over 40 million views on YouTube and a platinum certificate.
With the character of Ikke Hüftgold, he also has a successful on-stage career. A black wig together with a red tracksuit is all it takes to transform from Matthias to Ikke. His songs may not enter the charts regularly but they are evergreens at schlager parties with tens of millions of views on YouTube. His most famous songs include “Dicke Titten”, “Kartoffelsalat”, “Eine Muh”, “eine Mäh” and “So gehn die Gauchos”.
Ikke Hüftgold applies with song “Rapunzel”
Talking to German newspaper Express, he explains his motivation for applying. “Looking at the performances of the most recent years, things can’t get worse. If there is one person that can save Germany at Eurovision, it has to be me.”
He applied with a song called “Rapunzel” that is yet to be released. The artwork, however, seems to be done already. You can see a pink coloured head behind the title and his name on the small screen in his application video. Anything but an uptempo party song would be more than surprising from him.
Applications to compete in Germany’s reactivated national final can be sent until November 30th. Five acts will reportedly face off in a public-vote showdown sometime during March.
It will be interesting how NDR approaches this application. He has a huge fanbase on his side and would definitely bring attention to the national final. However, it is unclear how juries would respond to songs in his genre.
What do you think about Ikke Hüftgold’s submission? Do you think he has a chance to be selected? Tell us in the comments below!