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

Greece continues to plod their way to the Eurovision Semifinal 2 bubble with Argo's "Utopian Land"

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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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