Song Title: “Utopian Land”
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
Armenia • Austria • Azerbaijan • Bosnia & Herzegovina • Croatia • Cyprus • Czech Republic • Estonia • Finland • Greece • Hungary • Iceland • Malta • Moldova • Montenegro • Netherlands • Russia •