Rumours have followed them for quite some time. Now German band Eskimo Callboy have officially announced their application to Germany’s national selection in 2022.
The band shared the news on their social media platforms. They also published a video on Youtube called “Eskimo Callboy for Germany”. In the video, Kevin and Nico, two of the six members, discuss a comment under one of their songs fantasizing of Eskimo Callboy representing Germany at Eurovision. And now this comment may become a reality.
This announcement has already attracted a lot of attention. The video is currently trending at number 4 in Germany. The comments section is full of encouragement for the band. Even Eurovision 2021 act Blind Channel sent an endorsement, writing on Facebook, “Good luck guys!!” The band already have a hashtag for their mission: #EC4ESC.
Will Eskimo Callboy sing “Pump It”?
While there is no mention of which song they applied for Eurovision with, things point towards their latest release “Pump It”. The song plays a dominant role in their application video. Also, the song was released on December 3rd and is just under three minutes long – both necessary to eventually take it to Eurovision.
“Pump It” has attracted nearly 2 million views on YouTube less than a week after release. It’s also drawn 900,000 streams on Spotify thus far.
Who are Eskimo Callboy?
The band came together in 2010 in the city of Castrop-Rauxel in western Germany. In 2020, singer Sebastian “Sushi” Biesler left the band and was replaced by Nico Sallach. The most familiar face may be drummer David Friedrich, who took part in the German editions of The Bachelorette and I’m a Celebrity … Get Me Out of Here.
Eskimo Callboy describe themselves as follows: “With freshly styled mullets and moustaches, the guys put the pedal to the metal and celebrate a colorful metalcore party. This is funfair, this is cotton candy, this is roller coaster – great ride here, be there!”
Their most successful songs include “Hypa Hypa” and “We Got The Moves”, released in 2020 and 2021 respectively. Both songs achieved streams in the multi-millions and in terms of views on major platforms. Despite the band being over ten years old, they have never been more successful commercially. And now they want to continue that road of success with Eurovision.
2022 is set to be a busy year for them regardless of Eurovision. They will be touring Europe at the beginning of the year, with many shows already sold out. They’ll tour Russia in April before moving on to France in September. Fortunately, May seems pretty empty in their schedule…so far.
The deadline to submit songs to the German broadcaster was on November 30th. So far, Eskimo Callboy are only the second act to publicly announce their participation. The first act was entertainer Ikke Hüftgold a few weeks ago. A jury will now determine which five acts will face off in a public-vote showdown sometime during March.
What do you think about Eskimo Callboy? Do you like their song “Pump It”? Tell us in the comments below!
Editor’s note: The band has previously stated that their name is not meant to offend anyone. But it will no doubt offend many who remember the derogatory connotations of the word “Eskimo”. As explained on the Alaska Native Language Center web site, the word Eskimo was “commonly used in Alaska to refer to Inuit and Yupik people of the world.” However, “this usage is now considered unacceptable by many or even most Alaska Natives, largely since it is a colonial name imposed by non-Indigenous people.”
In recent years there has been a strong movement away from using the word. For instance, in 2020 the Peters ice cream brand renamed its Eskimo Pie product as “Polar Pie” to, in its words, help achieve “racial equality”.