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BROADCASTER
SONG   "Woki Mit Deim Popo"  (Shake Your Booty)
SINGER   Trackshittaz
MUSIC & LYRICS  Lukas Plöchl & Manuel Hoffelner
DRAW   #16 in the first semi-final

 

THIS YEAR'S ENTRY

After taking three years out from the contest, Austrian broadcaster ORF returned in Dusseldorf and qualified from the semi-final, for the first time. In September, ORF confirmed that they would be in Baku and hat their selection process would be a repeat of 2011. On November 30th, ORF announced nine acts had been selected to go directly to a national final, which will take place on February 24th. The line-up of ten finalists was completed through an open call for songs.

The ten finalists songs were aired from January 9th  on Hitradio Ö3 and continued to receive airplay up until the national final, which was held on February 24th at the ORF Studios in Vienna and hosted by Mirjam Weichselbraun, Robert Kratky & Andi Knoll. The winner was chosen over two rounds of televoting; the first to selecting the top two entries and the second to select the winner. In one of the closest selections of the year, the public chose the duo Trackshittaz and the song "Woki Mit Deim Popo", which took 51% of the public vote.

 

BIOGRAPHY

Lukas Plöchl and Manuel Hoffelner make up the band Trackshittaz, who will represent Austria in Baku with their very own music style of tractor gangster party rap.

Trackshittaz consists of Lukas Plöchl alias “G-Neila” and Manuel Hoffelner alias “Manix”. Born in the upper Austrian Mühlviertel district, both band members are flagship examples of their unique genre - “tractor gangster party rap”. The duo first became known for their YouTube hit Alloa bam Fraunz, based on the house track Alors On Danse and Lukas Plöchl’s participation in the ORF casting show Helden von Morgen.

After their début Oidaah pumpn muas’s (platinum status), which appeared early in 2011, and their following hit Prolettn feian längaah (gold status), both of which reached no. 1 in the albums chart, their run of success continued in February 2012 with their third album Zruck zu de Ruabm (gold status). Trackshittaz goes back to its roots here, the raps centering on party and village life. They are supported on their travels by their producer Sam Vahdat, who emphasises the authenticity of the duo and sparkles with his wild sounds and heavy beats.

After coming second at the national final of the “Eurovision Song Contest” in 2011, Trackshittaz succeeded this year in the competition for the Austrian ticket to Baku. In May, they will face the next challenge - the First Semi-Final of the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest. Hopefully, they’ll get not only Austria but all of Europe dancing with their boisterously youthful impetuosity and their song Woki Mit Deim Popo.

 

REACTION

Trackshittaz were the favourites to win the Austrian ticket to Baku, following the success of the 2011 entry in the national final. The song has since gone on to reach #2 in the Austrian charts. International reaction has been varied with Trackshittaz "in your face" style making as many enemies as friends. There has been limited international promotion. The duo have also confirmed that they will not be able to use their black-out stage effects in Baku, because of security concerns.

Despite a good draw, Austria is one of the outsiders to qualify from the first semi-final at 3/1 and they are 150/1 to win the entire contest. The internet polls also show the song low in the ranking.

 

INTERVIEW WITH ESCXTRA

 

REHEARSAL SCHEDULE (BAKU TIME)*
Date Rehearsal Press Conference
Monday May 14th 16:25 - 17:05 17:50 - 18:30
Friday May 18th 12:30 - 13:00 13:45 - 14:15
*Baku is four hours ahead of Ireland and the schedule has still to be confirmed officially

 

 

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AUSTRIA AT EUROVISION

  • First entry: 1957
  • Number of previous entries: 44
  • Best result: Winner (1965) 
  • Worst result: Last (seven times), failed to qualify (twice)   
  • Qualification record: 1/2 (33% success)

TEN YEAR FORM GUIDE

 

WEBMASTER REVIEW

"For me, "Oida Taunz", the song which Trackshittaz had in the Austrian final in 2011, was the best song that didn't make it to Dusseldorf and it's slightly better than this year's entry. Nevertheless I love the boys' enthusiasm and energy. The song is instant and wouldn't be out of place on the football terraces. However I do realise that with few friendly neighbours and juries, it could be a challenge to qualify. It's yet another of the 50/50 qualifiers for me," - Keith Mills

 

YOUR REVIEWS

"It is different from the conventional. The music and performance are extremely fun. The choreography may seem risky but whenever I hear this song every time I find it funny and I imagine live "Woo Woo". Ilove It! The duo is excellent and the pole dancers are fantastic. I love the black spandex suits with green fluorescent highlight popos.  This is the funniest song of this year." - Pedro Alexandre  (Portugal)

"I have a sneaky suspicion that this will do very well. Another contender for worst song of the year, and with a great draw I can see another Alf Poier moment. " - Chris Church  (U.K.)

"Oh my! Austria, what have you done?! After the great comeback last year with classy Nadine Beiler, you send this stupid and annoying children to Baku? The song is utterly cheap, trashy, ridiculous and childish. It's even more cheap and trashy than the entry of Norway! If Austria seriously thinks that they will end up higher than "The secret is love" last year, than they are simply insane. It's back to the drawing board with Austria!." - Nicky Peeters (Belgium)

"I was expecting the result, even though I preferred Conchita’s song. They are really aggressive on stage, they are everywhere, their act was a mess, but their song is kinda nice. I would say that they are this year’s Jedward and they will make it to the final."- Athan  (Greece)

"Rappy lowlife trash. Horrid.” - David Berlinger (Israel)