The second of the musical fusion entries in this first Semi Final comes via Greece's “Utopian Land” arguably the Mediterranean nation's most experimental entry in the contest to date.
Argo, a 6 piece ensemble, is a combination of both self-taught and traditionally-trained musicians creating songs that combine contemporary lyrics with folk music and hip hop. Rumour has it that one of the members may be dropped to ensure that a place on stage can be taken up by a dancer.
“Utopian Land” will stand out in the first Semi Final as it incomparable to any of the songs it’s competing against. That’s a good sign for Greece and bodes well for them qualifying again into the Grand Final but it will be touch ‘n’ go.
Watch Argo's official video for 'Utopian Land':
Four Questions with Argo
What are the three most interesting aspects about your entry?
- We can only say that our songs message is very positive.
- It’s about people coming together for a better world.
- The use of traditional instrumentals, like the pontian lyre and the tabor, which we expect to make a difference to the rhythm.
What are the most impressive facts about Argo?
Behind the band image there is a well established friendship. It’s important for us to work collectively and operating as a core in order to create the kind of music that comes out of our hearts.
Do you have a (lucky) routine before going on stage?
Our loving routine is the communication with our families before every big event that is important for us. That really powers up our “ batteries”.
Why is the Eurovision Song Contest important to you?
We feel honored that our song was chosen to represent Greece in the 61st Eurovision Song Contest. This is the most important thing, and we will do our best to represent our country in the best possible way. It is also a unique opportunity for us to present our work in the biggest audience in Europe and we see it as a great challenge.