Germany revealed the six finalists for their national final show Germany 12 Points during a press conference on February 10th. And ever since then fans have been voicing their opinions, which frequently skew to the negative. Among the biggest disappointment for some fans was that, against most people’s expectations, the German band Eskimo Callboy did not make the cut. Fans soon started a petition, which, at the time of writing this post, had amassed more than 44,000 signatures.
The band were probably the most famous of all applicants in this year’s German selection, boasting more than 400,000 subscribers on YouTube. News that they’d applied had already sent shockwaves through the fandom. It seems their exclusion from the final has sent a series of secondary tremors.
During the Germany 12 Points press conference, Alexandra Wolfslast, the German head of delegation, revealed that the band made it to the final selection round together with 29 other acts.
However, the jury – consisting of Alexandra as well as six representatives from German radio stations – didn’t choose the four-piece in the end. On the day of the press conference, the band uploaded a sarcastic video to their YouTube channel saying they’d been rejected. It amassed more than a quarter of a million views within 24 hours.
The Change.org petition calls for NDR to let the “We Got The Moves” hitmakers compete as a seventh finalist in the national final. Among the upset fans are influencers like FreshTorge, who has over 3.5 million followers on YouTube, and HandOfBlood with over 2.3 million followers.
The author of the petition has also sent an open letter to NDR.
Writing on their official Facebook page, eurovision.de (the official web site of Germany at Eurovision) stated in the comments section that it is definitely okay to critizise the selection, but that it won’t support the petition. We should underline that eurovision.de does not have any say in the selection process in any way, though, so who knows what could happen…
Ich spreche aus was alle denken:— Hänno 🏳️🌈 #EINS (@HandIOfIBlood) February 11, 2022
Die Wichser. https://t.co/1eIi1l4wGC
The band wanted to represent Germany at this year’s Eurovision Song Contest and applied with two different songs: “Pump it”, which has over 8 million views on YouTube, and “We Got the Moves”, which has over 12 million. They 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!”
Do you think the group should be added as a seventh finalist in Germany’s selection? Let us know your opinion in the comment section below!
Editor’s note: The band has previously stated that their name is not meant to offend anyone. But, as the New York Times explains, “it is considered derogatory by many who associate it with racist, non-Native colonizers who settled in the Arctic and used the term.” You can read more on the Alaska Native Language Center web site.