Eurovision 2016 Entry: Greece — Argo — “Utopian Land”

Greece continues to plod their way to the Eurovision Semifinal 2 bubble with Argo’s “Utopian Land”

Country: Greece
Song Title: “Utopian Land”
Artist: Argo
First Semi-Final: Position 2
Last year’s entry: “One Last Breath” – Maria-Eleni Kyriakou (19th Place)

Ugh, Greece, y’all.  They are a stronghold in the competition, even when their entries aren’t that great.  I thought last year’s ballad, “One Last Breath”, wasn’t that great and seemed pitchy in pre-Contest performances, but it still clung to the bubble and made the finals, where it finished in 19th.  This year’s song, “Utopian Land”, seems even more bubble-prone.  Now that we’re edging closer to the competition, is it looking any better?

Not only has Greece left this song the same, I can’t find any live performances by Argo to compare this against and give a taste of what their live show might be like in Stockholm.  The only details I have for the performance is that they’ll be replacing one of their vocalists with a dancer, which seems…ill-advised.

It really feels like Greece is banking on their general love from other countries in the contest to push them through this year – they’re in the dreaded spot 2, between Finland and Moldova.  Going uptempo disco to dire dystopian utopia song to uptempo Eurodance number feels like a disservice to all three of those entries, who are all on the bubble.  I think Finland and Moldova may take more of a hit than Greece, but I’m secretly hoping Greece just misses the cut-off for the top 10 this year.  I’m expecting a pretty straightforward performance if it’s just 5 band members and a dancer doing traditional dance, which may not grab points with the viewers.

Eurovision Song Contest First Semi-Final
May 10, 2016

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Ben has been writing about TV, music, and pop culture in some form or another since 2009, including stints at Mental Floss and Temporary Obsession. When not solving puzzles of some sort or consuming pop culture at a frightening pace, he can be found collecting shiny pieces of the internet at GoodAtInter.net. E-mail: ben@whatelseison.tv