One of the most-talked about entries in Norway’s Melodi Grand Prix 2022 is Subwoolfer‘s “Give That Wolf A Banana”. The prequalified duo consisting out of brothers Keith and Jim are bringing the surreal and comedic to the Scandinavian selection.
Some Eurovision fans have been pointing out that the duo sound like an awful lot like another Norwegian duo of brothers: the popular 2010s duo Ylvis. And to be honest, don’t Subwoolfer’s masks remind you of a certain animal?
Who are Ylvis?
The Norwegian comedy duo Ylvis — that’s the Bergen-born brothers Bård and Vegard Ylvisåker — were well-known in the Nordic nation throughout the 2000s and early 2010s.
In 2013 they became a world famous one-hit wonder with their song “What Does The Fox Say?”, which charted in over twenty countries. The song’s music video has over a billion views and was one of the first viral music videos on the platform.
As with many one-hit wonders, they struggled to sustain their fame. Their prime time talk show was cancelled in 2016 and, although the brothers have toured with various theatre shows throughout the country, their work came to an abrupt end during the pandemic. It would make sense that now is the perfect moment to think of Melodi Grand Prix.
6 clues Melodi Grand Prix 2022’s Subwoolfer could be Ylvis
They are a duo of brothers
Perhaps the first and most obvious clue that Ylvis could be Subwoolfer is that both the duos consist of two brothers. Similar to Ylvis, the brothers that make up Subwoolfer have a considerable height difference.
They share the same aesthetic for making tracks about animals
“Give That Wolf A Banana” sounds like the perfect follow-up single to “What Does The Fox Say?”, which is not surprising. After all, their 2013 smash hit never actually got a proper follow-up song.
It is their type of humour
Not trying to repeat the same argument we had in our earlier Circus Mircus post, but again, it all sounds like something Ylvis would and could do. During their career, Ylvis have recorded a tribute to Norwegian diplomat and humanitarian Jan Egeland and travelled to Kyrgyzstan to try to break through in the country’s local music industry. So pretending to be an intergalatic music duo and participating with a joke entry in Melodi Grand Prix wouldn’t be the weirdest thing they ever did.
Subwoolfer sound incredibly similar to Ylvis
The Ylvis brothers have two unmistakable voices. And these two voices sound extremely similar to the vocals on Subwoolfer’s Melodi Grand Prix effort. On top of that, Ylvis don’t have a Norwegian accent in English, as the brothers grew up in different African countries, speaking English as their second language from a young age.
They are desperately trying to hide their identities
Generally, joke acts and other acts do not care if their real names are revealed. It never harmed Hatari or Verka Serduchka. But when it goes as far as taking on pseudonyms, there is indeed often something to hide. In 2014, during the Belgian selection, the group Day One was led by a mysterious masked woman singer, who was rumoured to be Kate Ryan. And after six years, she was revealed to be Kate Ryan.
They are signed to Universal Music
The Norwegian branch of Univeral Music promote the yet-to-be-discovered Subwoolfer on their label. It’s unusual for an unknown act without a track record to be signed to a major label. On top of that, the same goes for becoming a pre-qualified act. And, coincidence or not, Ylvis are currently signed to Univeral Music too.
Do you think that Ylvis might be behind Subwoolfer’s Melodi Grand Prix 2022 entry? Or do you think it might be someone else? Let us know in the comments below!