Not even interplanetary wolves are immune to coronavirus. On Tuesday Subwoolfer — the heavily hyped anonymous duo from somewhere in the Galaxy — confirmed that they’ve tested positive for Covid.
As a result, they won’t be able to perform their song “Give That Wolf a Banana” in exhibition during Semi-Final 3 of Melodi Grand Prix 2022 this Saturday.
“On our journey of discovery around the earth, we met a creature called omicron,” they told NRK.
Subwoolfer test positive for Covid and won’t perform during Semi-Final 3 of MGP 2022
The pair aren’t the first personalities within the MGP orbit to deal with Covid.
Host Annika Momrak had to sit out of last week’s show, leaving Kåre Magnus Berg and Mikkel Niva to go it alone (though we did appreciate her being rolled out on a TV monitor at one point).
Thankfully, another pre-qualified act will step up to the plate so that Semi-Final 3 has a complete slate of performances. NorthKid will sing their song “Someone”.
The band, fronted by Bilal Saab, also includes members Helge Moen, Håkon Guttormsen, Sebastian Willassen and Vegard Olaussen.
“It came on very abruptly,” Bilal says. “There is quite a lot to be done in relation to the stage show, and not least rehearsal of the song which we now have one week less on. But as they say: ‘The show must go on!'”
MGP 2022 boss Stig Karlsen is keeping his cool.
“We are working hard to keep this year’s production afloat, but the audience should know that nothing will stop Melodi Grand Prix — not even a pandemic!”
Subwoolfer’s song “Give That Wolf a Banana” is perhaps the most talked-about of all MGP 2022 entries. Questions over the duo’s identities along with their visually arresting music video have turned them into big fan favourites.
They still haven’t clarified precisely what the wolf and the banana in their song refer to.
“The lyrics are far too deep and layered to be confined to just one meaning,” they told us. “Zig a zig ahh.”
In one reading, the song turns Little Red Riding Hood into a parable about coronavirus and the importance of getting vaccinated.
The Wolf may represent people who refuse to get vaccinated and carry the virus with them as they go to work or school or, in this case, deep into the woods.
In the opening verses, Red makes it clear that she doesn’t know where the Wolf has burrowed or slept (and, drawn out, whether he’s followed local rules on gatherings and social distance). There are tell-tale signs he’s been killing folks, whether he knows it or not: “See where you’re going, but I don’t know where you’ve been, is that saliva or blood drippin’ off your chin?”
The fruit symbolises vaccines, and with them the Covid-fighting antibodies triggered inside of people who get jabbed. But instead of stamps that read Chiquita or Fyffe’s, these bananas come marked with the names AstraZeneca, Moderna and Pfizer.
Are you excited to see NorthKid perform their song “Someone” in exhibition? Are you joining us in sending love to Subwoolfer? Let us know in the comments box below.