High energy and pole dancers for Austria!

High energy and pole dancers for Austria!
Trackshittaz, Austrian representatives.Photo:Elke Roels (EBU)
Baku, Azerbaijan -

It is early evening in Baku, and the next act to take to the stage are Austria's Trackshittaz. They gave a lively performance of Woki Mit Deim Popo, and revealed their new stage act to the press for the first time.

Eurovision.tv spoke to Lukas and Manuel of the Trackshittaz backstage before their first rehearsal. They spoke of their initial impressions of Baku, adding "We arrived only yesterday, everything is very big! There are lots of new buildings, some of which are not quite finished yet. We stopped and looked at the huge Azerbaijan flag near the arena for around 10 minutes! We've never seen such a big flag in our lives, we're sure that you could see it from outer space!."

No tractor in Baku

Trackshittaz had to make some enforced changes to their stage performance since winning the Austrian national final, and there were rumours that their famous tractor may turn up on stage in Baku. Lukas responds "We left our tractor at the airport, because if you drove a tractor from one country to another you have to cross too many borders, and it would take too much time! We do promise you a good show on stage still though."

Energetic stage show

Trackshittaz are joined by three female pole dancers who gyrate their way around the five poles on stage throughout the song. Lukas and Manuel even get in on the act themselves!. They are also very busily moving around the stage during the performance.

The LED backdrop again has a tunnel effect with alternate flashing stripes and spotlights. It is fair to say that the whole group are expending a great deal of energy with each performance, as they didn't hold back for any of the performances.

Trackshittaz entrance to their press conference was rather spectacular with Manuel driving a tractor on to the stage. The guys then made the whole of the press do exercises with them to wake them up!. Lukas then announced to the assembled media that they could sit down, like at school.

The song is not sexist!

The group also said that they have another surprise planned with their stage outfits, but it wasn't possible to show this today.

Considering that the song title translates as "Shake your booty", the guys were asked who had the best asses of the ladies they had met in Eurovision so far, and they answered "Russia!!".

A journalist suggested that the meaning of the song Woki Mit Deim Popo was sexist, the guys replied "We have been criticised in Austria for that, but there's a difference between sexism and sexual. Of course we have some sexual influences, but it's not too obvious like some of the other music videos that exist. We take it with a fun view. Have fun, switch off, forget this economic crisis and have fun. If you switch off your head, you can look at things in a different way."

The pole dancer girls were asked how they came to work with Trackshittaz Lukas explained on their behalf "We already knew the girls from the casting show which I took place in in 2010, due to having a lot of party songs in that show, I got the girls dancing with me a lot, so i'm very proud that they agreed to join us and complete the band."

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  • Posted on 17/May 2012 at 03:21
    A new low for Austria. The name of the group is offensive, the name of the song is offensive and the fact that Austria would send something so declassé to the contest means obviously that they are hoping to finish in last place. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 16/May 2012 at 15:42
    Oh god. I'm sorry to tell you, but after watching this my eyes are crying blood. It's so tacky, and their singing isn't very great either. Kind of embarrassing to be honest. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 15/May 2012 at 22:52
    I Love their hip hop in their local dialect but I rather wished they were in previous year edition(Conchita Wurst would have been more progressive, but I doubt Europe would have been ready for that).
    Anyway love a good show, the pole dancing is tacky and it fits the song perfectly.
    They'll advance without a doubt. Go Austria! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 15/May 2012 at 21:11
    mmm I like it more when the woman with pink hair and the spandex outfits ! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 15/May 2012 at 14:54
    J'aime bien cette musique report to the moderator
  • Posted on 15/May 2012 at 01:06
    Nice and catchy song but very risky for a competition such as Eurovision Song Contest because its a little too mainstream.
    Not sure if the juries and televoters will like it but good luck to them! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 15/May 2012 at 00:48
    Austrian Dana International with beard was much better than this. Not a winner of course but much much much better. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 15/May 2012 at 00:46
    One of my favourite songs this year. Austria deserves one of the top places in the final. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 14/May 2012 at 22:18
    My ears actually hurt. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 14/May 2012 at 21:45
    I agree with jan!! Stupid Stupid song!!! Really was this song the best that they had in the Austria competition?????????? report to the moderator
  • Posted on 14/May 2012 at 21:42
    Stupid stupid stupid song!!!! Was this song the best in Austria festival?????????????? report to the moderator
  • Posted on 14/May 2012 at 21:20
    One of the worst songs this year and the performance is just sad - pole dancers?! Oh come on!!! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 14/May 2012 at 18:31
    I just love it :D :D report to the moderator
  • Posted on 14/May 2012 at 17:47
    12 points for austria !!! *uh,uh,uh* :D report to the moderator
  • Posted on 14/May 2012 at 16:50
    Love it...Good luck report to the moderator