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LED costumes for Austria

18 May 2012 at 11:52 CEST

The Head of Press of the Austrian Delegation, Roman Horacek, told right before their rehearsal: "We won't make many changes to the stage act, only some slight changes in the camerawork - at some points when there is a lot of movement on stage, the steady cams couldn't quite catch up with our guys."

He added: "There was also a point where we wanted to change the backdrop, as the animation there was a bit too busy and our artists couldn't be seen clearly. But you will see our LED costumes for the first time today, as they didn't work properly during the first rehearsal.

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The most amazing fact about the Austrian rehearsal was that both the two main singers, Lukas Plöchl and Manuel Hoffelner, and the three female backing dancers were performing the whole act, which includes a full choreography including pole dancing, running, and jumping, during every single run without getting too exhausted!

Indeed, they showed their LED costumes during the camera rehearsal. There were lines of single lights attached to every costume, in white and yellow colour. Again, the whole team showed a very confident and powerful rehearsal of their entry Woki Mit Deim Popo, which means Shake Your Booty!

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Trackshittaz brought life to the press conference area in Baku today, when they greeted everyone with a live performance of a "traditional music version" of Woki Mit Deim Popo, playing an accordion, several other traditional Austrian instruments, and even yodelling! In the end, they performed a clapalong version in English and asked the press to join in.

Lukas Plöchl went on to describe one special instrument used for this version, called "devil's violin", being a handmade instrument farmers prepare themselves. "Manuel has a small farm at home, and his father has a restaurant, so his father made his own", he added.

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On the question of a German journalist why the lyrics of the Austrian Eurovision entry refer to a 'noodle soup gang', Lukas replied: "We just sat at the regulars table at Manuel's father's restaurant, and one evening, it just appeared that someone said: 'You know what, we are the noodle soup gang now!"

When they were asked why their performance in today's rehearsal was less sexy than the one in the Austrian national final, Trackshittaz said: "If it looked like that to you, we definitely should work on it! But this was only the second rehearsal, there is still a way to go till the Semi-Final, and we promise you a sexy show there."