Greece always push the boundaries in terms of music at Eurovision. Sometimes this works out well- for instance their win in 2005 for Elena Paparizou’s ‘My Number One’. Other times it can split opinion like in 2013 when the opted for Koza Mostra’s ‘Alcohol is Free’. Greece are at it again in 2016- choosing Argo’s ‘Utopian Land’ as their entry.
The band previously went by the moniker of Europond and had seven members. Due to the staging rules at Eurovision only six people can be on the stage. As a result they renamed the band Argo and ditched a member. Since then they have announced that another band member has been given the elbow in favour of having a dancer as part of their performance.
The song ‘Utopian Land’ is a bizarre choice. Is it a reference to the recent refugee crisis in Europe, where Greece has seen the arrival of many Syrian’s on their shores seeking asylum from war? It would seem so. One of the verses when translated into English reads:
‘Planet Earth 2016
Whatever they do
Our generation will live through itI experienced immigration when I was young.’
‘We are the rise in the rising sundance with us and have some funWe are the rise in the rising sunjoin with us for a Utopian Land.’
Is Argo your favourite act in Group G of our Eurovision World Cup competition? Be sure to vote for ‘Utopian Land’ in our poll.