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”.
Tell me, Can a band submit a song they’ve already made public in Germany? In Iceland they absolutely can’t and the songs have to be premiered by the Icelandic broadcaster when the songs are revealed by them.
Two words: Please not! (saying that as a German)
i would love if a trancecore band like EC competed!
some thoughts about EC from a german true ESC fan since the early seventies! …not in germany anymore – in early german descriptions (after the PC wave) the word “eskimo” means “raw meat eater”, but in more recent science we also have a term called “schneeschuhflechter”, which has to do with this special shoes you need to cross high areas of fresh snow. the term “eskimo” is above inuit ect. because it is a term for all people who come from the far north! the ESC is a music (battle) between all peoples/countries all over europe and beyond! is there… Read more »
The term is offensive and should not be used. It’s that straightforward.
But if the slur in the name or the homophobic or misogynistic or racist lyrics still aren’t enough, how about their association with a “revenge p-rn” site for which they wrote the song Is Anyone Up? One glance at those lyrics, which are not reproducible here, confirms this is not an act that should be representing Germany. And this is not a song they’ve run from over the years; they played it regularly on their 2019 tour.
This article pretty much sums up why you’re wrong about the meaning of that word and why that we shouldn’t be using it.
Also, it’s not about being woke, it’s about having decency and respect to the people who don’t want to be referred to a slur by non-natives.
sorry but your link is stupid – the most content of the link goes in the same direction than my written words above with a little difference – inuit is here the right term,because inuit means people – but people of what? in german language people means simple “volk” – but from what? from greenland? from the (very) north? very north canadian area? some years ago there was not a big problem with the term “eskimo” but since we have the wokeness people around us,we have problems here,there and everywhere! for me as an old school boy,the term eskimo is… Read more »
Your reply reeks of ignorance so I’m going to list it down for you:
A) You using your language or saying you’re an “Old-School boy” doesn’t justify you using it.
B) When a certain people group tells you not to use the term, you don’t use the term. End of story!
C) It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to know what the Inuits meant by the term Inuits.
D) It doesn’t take too much to educate and correct yourself.
E) Again, it’s not about being woke it’s about having decency and respect.
Are they the German “Little Big” lol ? Anyway some lyrics of ‘pump it’ would have to be modified to fit the EBU rules.
My ears are still bleeding but lol why not I like parodic/comic acts.
“Anyway some lyrics of ‘pump it’ would have to be modified to fit the EBU rules.”
Ehh…..just wondering… I thought the term «eskimo» was kind of racist?
It’s definitely controversial.
If they are problematic it would be uncomfortable to say the least for POC and LGBTQ+ acts in the German final, as well as those acts in Turin should they win (Belgium already have selected a black man to represent them as just one example, and there’ll be other diverse entrants this year hopefully).
Dude, I’m gay and an immigrant, and I’m 100% certain that Eskimo Callboy would treat me better than half of Russia’s, Poland’s, Belarus’s, Azerbaijan’s, Turkey’s etc participants.
Would instantly be the most relevant German entry for a long time. Initial betting markets have reacted to it, the youtube views are there and some actual, genuine hype.
I mean, it’s just things that aren’t normally associated with potential German entries! Exciting times!
Netherlands just announced a classy entry today and Germany is thinking of sending this? Lena Meyer Landrut feels like a lifetime ago…
Homophobes at Eurovision. Yay.
If Germany doesn’t drop these guys…
Dude these guys aren’t homophobes. You clearly haven’t looked into it enough. Never once have they insulted or discriminated against gay people. The lyrics on their old music was all satire and jokes plus they’ve already made a full statement on their Instagram talking about their old lyrics and how they don’t associate with them anymore. These are really nice guys who just wanna make fun music and the fact that people can’t let go a few jokes and call them “homophobes” just says a lot about how the world rn.
An act like Daði wasn’t trying to be funny, they just were. Whereas these guys scream: look at us, we’re being funny, hahahahahaaah! And it just ends up being lame. It’s a fine line between being cool and being a pretender.
As SOON as an artist who has used homophobic and racial slurs in their songs like this one is revealed, this community is immediately in love. But the moment anyone outwardly gay or anyone who is a drag queen even dares to try out for Eurovision, the downvotes start pouring in. And the moment anybody celebrating their blackness (see Jeangu using Sranan Tongo), this community starts making fun of their language. Like you guys aren’t even trying to hide the homophobia and racism anymore huh
and immediately downvoted. but who’s surprised at this point
Don’t generalize people. Some people are like that, but not everyone is like that (basically a water is wet type of sentence).
I, for example:
I’m glad you feel that way but I’ve seen so many people on this website time and time again do the exact opposite
I agree on that, but you should mention those people as “some people in this community” instead of “this community”. You shouldn’t generalize people.
Legit there are no slurs in pump it.
Homophobia? On wiwiblogs of all places?
generalisation at its worst. I hated when people made fun of Jeangu’s lyrics, i loved the song and respected him as an artist for promoting his culture and identity. Drag queen is so freaking cliche, so why is it a problem for you to reject them in a SONG contest? Conchita nailed it in 2014 but we don’t need more Conchitas to prove we are openminded. Eurovision accepts everyone which makes it a great contest but saying that the UK drag queens (who lipsync and are not funny at all) should go to ESC and whoever disagrees is a racist/homophobe… Read more »
Omg YES! Incidentally I heard this song earlier today and was really vibing to it.
Yeah, no. I really don’t want them to represent Germany for 2022, mainly because of their name, and I really think Ben Dolic should come back or they should pick literally someone else.
But to save myself from trouble, let’s just say the Germans should decide who to send and move on.
Ben Dolic is not the best option for Germany, his live performance was not good. However, i want the Bulgarian guy behind the song to write more songs, i love his songs, they are mainstream and well-writen.
I hope they get selected, they’ve been my favorite band since I discovered them about a year ago. They got humor and it sounds fresh and different. Absolutely love them. Try watching their reaction video of people reacting to their song Hypa Hypa, they’re such fun guys.
hey,we need a (endgame) poll! 😀
which song is better?
we got the moves
i would prefer WGTM!
We got the moves all the wayyyyyyy. If Hypa Hypa was in the poll then that one. They are simply the best despite the homophobic, racist and misogyny lyrics sometimes
@Brötchen made a really good comparison: Eskimo Callboy is like the metal version of Little Big. And I am all in for it. If “Pump It” was 100% screaming, I would’ve disliked it, but the proportion between singing and screaming is so well done that I just can’t dislike it.
Eskimo Callboy might look like a joke act, but I think this could do very well. Hopefully, Eskimo Callboy will be able to participate with “Pump It”.
How am I getting dislikes when I am praising this song? I thought majority of people in the comments liked this song.
Well, not anymore. Maybe it was the people who oppose them getting a little more vocal.
Bro you have 6 likes by now
I had like 5 dislikes when I made the “How am I getting dislikes… liked this song” comment.
they’re basically the stereotype of germans we have here in the north of italy: tacky. which might do wonders for them actually !
hahaah i think many countries have this stereotype of Germans! it would also work with schlanger…
Alright! They have are the perfect mix of camp and legit to work in modern Eurovision. “Castrop x Spandau” is a banger. I know a lot of Eurofans don’t appreciate genres other than pop but these guys have such a fun combo of Metalcore, German Gabber and comedy. Can’t wait for Germany’s final
no more comedy acts…
I discovered them earlier this year through some esc friends who were hoping for them to take part in esc and I’ve been obsessed ever since. Their songs always brighten my mood. I would vote for them if they competed!
Most countries would throw such entry in the trashcan. Not Germany though, this is a winning song to them. Yikes.
Germany and UK. That’s not ‘most’, huh?
Your definition of “trash” is worthy of an academic study based on … what? Boring ballads? Shake-shake your a** belly dancing up-tempo songs? Generic pop? Mockery music? Schlager? So many options … you are spoiled with joy!
How about ben dolic, lena and vanessa mai? Any rumors?
Lena wouldn’t do it at this point. She wouldn’t have much to gain from it internationally, yet could endanger her career in Germany.
Lena?? She did it twice. Although i love her recent music, she has nothing to gain from this experience now. She’s already popular and relevant. Ben Dolic no, thanks.
„We got the Moves“ would have been a banger, but these 3 minutes felt really long. Anyway, they surely would appeal to quite a few people and by that avoid the bottom five for once.
And seriously, at this point I’m thankful for anything that isn’t Jendrik or the S!sters (despite them being seemingly nice girls).
It’s too much for me I am sorry…
I mean sure get the idea but not into it and they are just Little Big on steroids to me so Idk what else to say
I don’t really see appeal in this, but if they can make it work like Blind Channel did last year, who knows? Metal is actually a pretty big thing in Germany I believe
Um,people,do you actually think it’s that bad?Yeah I understand that this falls into category of ‘rock’ music,even tho it’s metal,but it’s way different from Måneskin.It sounds interesting,combining metal with some elements of pop(?) music.Chorus sounds exactly like some songs from Japan(Deja Vu,Running in the 90’s and stuff).And in my opinion it’s not that bad.It probably won’t stand out,because there would be too many rock songs this year,but it’s not that bad,c’mon.
Ich bin froh als Deutscher noch nie von ihnen gehört zu haben.. (As a German, I‘m happy that I never heard of them before..)
And you should keep being happy, pretending you never did for the sake of the mental health of your ears …
I’m not into it.. I think it will be around the bottom 5 as well.
Here’s hoping Germany does not select an act with lyrics like “We are gangster-fied/Like black guys” or “Gay like a h-m- f-g”. If anyone wants to argue that they’ve changed since those songs were written, I might believe that more if they didn’t still have a slur in their name that is now being spread every time the band is mentioned.
Given that they’re moving forward with searching for a new name and addressing those mistakes in previous lyrics, making official statements on their social media platforms, I’d say it’s a positive change and an example for other groups to learn from. If you’re referring to the lyrics from Monsieur Moustache, while the lyrics overall are in distaste, the lines officially on iTunes are “hot like a funky track, hot like a Gucci bag.” Now whether this was different on previous released tracks, that I can’t say. As of today though, all downloadable versions of this track on both MMXX album… Read more »
They might be honking their own horn too soon. It’s already known germany will hold a national final again and campaigning for a song you already released before might not be the smartest move.
Lmao, what’s that circus? Can Germany please be serious this time?
If they send Eskimo Callboy Germany will be a serious competitor for the win.
To win the televote? Of course … people at home drunk as hell will vote for this, I mean, you don’t even need to like any kind of music to go for any piece of joke you’re thrown like a bone.
they would never win as long as juries have 50% of the total vote. They could be top 5 in the televoting, of course, like Finland this year.
.. and Finland truly represented their genre with respect … but to what extent can we say that about Eskimo? Are they playing music or just wanting to set up a stand-up comedy show?
Here we go again, another bunch of stupid people comparing Eskimo Callboy to Maneskin… How can you compare sexy genderbending glam-rockers to a bunch of dudes in 80s workout attire with funny wigs and beards that make metal music? WHERE is that anywhere near the same? The target audience is very different. You don’t like the music and that’s fine. But looking for really stupid reasons to justify your dislike makes you look like a child. If you really want to compare them to someone: Eskimo Callboy are more like Little Big but metal. That’s the most fitting comparison and… Read more »
The comparison is not quite between the bands … Let’s make that clear. The whole thing here as always as it happened in other past Eurovision editions, is the naive belief that once a certain music style or genre wins the contest, some following-year dead brain act throws in our faces an entry “influenced” by that same genre and style for no other reason but “if they can win, so can we”. And that is what Esmiko are trying to do … as if they had the integrity, the boldness, and the authenticity of Maneskin, which they clearly don’t have.… Read more »
A comedic Metal song for ESC 2022, seriously… just how unimaginative can you get? We all know that repeating the formula of the last winner never works but to mix it with novelty factor is an instant disaster waiting to happen, what’s worse is that after the “I Don’t Feel Hate” trainwreck Germany could send yet another song where viewers ironically laugh at, if ARD really wants to score the double zero I can see Eskimo Callboy selected as one of the 5 national finalists where the locals will easily eat them up, I know they’re kinda famous at home… Read more »
“narrow-minded @$$holes stuck in a perpetual immature state of mind with an outdated ‘us vs them’ mentality” Oof self-owned. Your prejudice of people who make and listen to rock music is just ridiculous and tells how you project your own toxic thought patterns onto others. Of course some rock musicians can be a-holes but there are a lot of divas in the pop world too. Just look at some of the scandals the top pop musicians have gotten into. And there is bad behavior in the pop fandoms too. If you publicly criticise some pop singer or group you get… Read more »
Sweetheart … listen or read … I don’t even think Eskimo themselves label their music as rock music in the same sense as the Beatles, Rolling Stones, Ramones, Led Zeppelin, etc honor the true meaning of rock music paving the way for many other true rock acts to follow …
These German comedians can very cleverly mingle the heavy metal sound with EDM just for the fun of making fun of rock and EDM music. So don’t wave the rock music flag for these guys … that would make John Lennon angry or even Freddie Mercury snatch your wig.
If you had read the prevoius comments you would have noticed that I was talking about rock bands in general as an example. I didn’t claim Eskimo callboy was a rock band and didn’t even mention them. And I know they aren’t. The part of the original comment I was responding to also said “rock bands”so that’s what I used. So you can take your genre knowlege somewhere where it’s needed. Sweetheart.
Oh Sweetheart … whatever you’re trying to say I’ll translate it for you “I want these clowns to entertain me in Eurovision and win this whole thing for no reason!”. See, life is not so hard, is it?
The Beatles – a rock band! ROFL.
Your opinion has so many holes it could be used as a strainer.
If that allows you to pay your bills, you can take that job! I have more relevant things to do, then wanting to listen to music that enables me to pretend I’m still a rebellious teen eternally-16 desperate to forget adult life can be a pain in the a**
Not my style, too much screams, but it’s fun, good luck to them.
I’m absolutely all for this. Sorry for the basic comparison, but I see them as Little Big, but metal. And their songs are amazing.
Yes…. them in those workout outfits feels a lot like the workout video in ‘Zibidi’
The first potential winner this year.
#Germany2023 is coming
Seems like Germany is back in the game. #Berlin2023
I would be very surprised if they weren’t at least in the running. Germany shouldn’t miss an opportunity to get lots of people invested.
Looks like Germany could actually win it next year. OMG
And please stop comparing them to Maneskin.
Eskimo Callboy were formed in 2010. They have made these kind of music for a decade.
I do see similarities to Little Big or Die Antwoord.
Yaaas! Germany 2023 is coming!
This is just amazing. Eskimo Callboy for the win!
Yeap, like Destiny would win in 2021. Let’s be more objective please …
With this type of comedy noise, it’s impossible for anyone drawn to this to actually be able to be objective about anything … everybody is just seeking for a reason to run away from covid-19-psychological-asylum …and this type of act play that part perfectly.
When Eurovision is not about the music but about providing cheap in your face love-it-or-hate-it entertainment … Eskimo are free to so their thing and get those 12 of the televote.
i think a similar band was approached in Austria (don’\t remember their name), apparently they are huge and their manager was positive but they rejected Eurovision. Now we see a German band with similar sound willing to go through the process. I think Maneskin’s success has really made alternative bands reconsider Eurovision for success in home country and abroad. I mean they could easily go viral on TikTok and see their career grow. I like the song Pump It (which is obviously their submission), it’s catchy even though in some parts it is unbearable with all the shouting 🙂 Most… Read more »
If they are selected among the 5 shortlisted entries, i believe they have enough support to win the voting (depending on the popularity of the other artists and their songs)
Here we go again … with the “last winner-formula” approach … And this one adds a lot of humor and mockery … The video is a joke to laugh about with a probable sarcastic mocking eye to what happens inside a gym … and mingling what at times sounds EDM with Hard Rock/Metal/Whatever vocal screaming male noise that we can hear with heavy drum and electric guitars sounds. But unlike Måneskin the whole mockery thing may be fun for giggles and laughs, it just brings nothing new to the table. No message, no originality, nothing that really stands out …… Read more »
I don’t see any similarities to Maneskin. After sending these bullsh*t songs in 2019 and 2021 this is actually something very different that Germany has never send to Eurovision.
You don’t see, and nobody else sees any similarity … Neither do I. But I would invite you to reread me again and see where I said these acts are the same, as if, these bunch of mocking 80s glam rock-mixed-with-edm dudes were doing exactly the same as Måneskin. Måneskin have meaning and artistic expression, Eskimo just want to make fun of something (maybe Eurovision) based on the lackluster outcomes of Germany in the last 3 years… but turning that sarcastic approach to Eurovision, a reason to be part of it? Really … Haven’t we all learned something about that… Read more »
you want to compare maneskin to eskimo callboy? glamrock to metal? they are nothing like each other 😀 just because there es an electric guitar, it is not the same genre.
And you’ve showed me you can’t understand written English, haven’t you?
Cause if you find the true element of comparison in my opinion, as if both acts were the same, please go ahead … I will still be busy drinking my tea under the sun, expecting Germany to get a grip and stop with these BS choices due to views and streams of bubblegum music with nothing impactful to admire. Cheers!
Here it is. The element of comparison.
Now, it doesn’t state that both are similar, but you do compare them as analogous to one another when you say they use the “last winner formula”.
And your point is? As far as I can tell Eskimo are not providing you with a boring ballad or generic recycled pop recorded in Sweden … so they are giving ROCK music … the ROCK that won in the last contest. but UNLIKE Maneskin .,. come on YOU have two ears; you are clever enough to understand what musical integrity is and what stupidity is as well. You don’t need to PUMP IT in order to check what is real and what is a joke … even if the joke is trying to disguise itself with the same sound… Read more »
Thats amazing. Germany could actually win with them.
With them? Perhaps, but highly unlikely. With this song? Not in a million years.
Let’s me correct that:
“German could actually win TELEVOTE with them”.
Now that is far better and more believable.