The rumours have finally come to an end today, as the Greek broadcaster ERT confirmed via a press release that the band Argo will represent Greece at Eurovision 2016. Argo is the newly renamed hip-hop band Europond, who we discussed as the rumoured Greek representatives yesterday, following media reports.

It’s unclear why ERT have decided to change the band’s name. That aside, most of the details reported previously have stayed the same. The band usually consists of seven members, but to comply with Eurovision rules they will need to leave someone at home and compete as a six-piece band at Eurovision. That is so Mandinga. Full details of the song have not yet been released, with ERT’s statement simply saying that the track will be released “soon”.

Argo for Greece: Our reaction

The band appears to have posted a “teaser” photo earlier today on their Facebook page, with one of the band members winking at the camera in a record studio. Looks like they’re already hard at work with the song! It’s believed that they will be singing in Pontic Greek and that the track will touch on the various problems currently facing Greece and its people.

What do you think of the news that Argo will be representing Greece? Let us know in the comments section or on our Twitter page!

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George
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@mocosuburbian

TRUE.Pontic Greeks, are not famous for their beauty OR their inteligence.For what it’s worth.

Huh
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Huh

At least it ain’t a ballad being sung by copies of Celine Dion.

DenizNL
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DenizNL

I like the song you placed in the article, so I have got high hopes! It is indeed very happy and it is a wonderful language.

Ern
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Ern

Yes, I agree “Argo” is a good name for the band.

I’m very curious to hear the song. Hopefully it will be good. However, I do worry it will sound like the 2008 entry from FYR Macedonia, “Let Me Love You.”

I don’t think this group is bad. They aren’t any worse than Vegas or some other R&B groups coming form Greece. I just think they are a bit anti-establishment.

mocosuburbian
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mocosuburbian

yikes
that photo doesn’t do them any favors

Robyn Gallagher
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Robyn Gallagher

I’m glad they’ve changed their name. Europond sounds like a website for backpackers. Argo makes me think of the Ben Affleck film, but it won several Oscars, so that’s not a bad association.

HarpyDarper
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HarpyDarper

I’m intriged!
The name makes me think of the Ben Affleck movie- or the UK shop Argos….

R
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R

*sniggers*

oh greece, you trainwwreck.

MGR
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MGR

The final of the Eurovision Song Contest needs at least two corrections.
1) Reduce the number of finalists to 20. It will be more transparent.
2) Reduce the number of jurors from 5 to 4. They need to better understand themselves and be more responsible. There can be no place for such a scandalous ratings as it was last year in Polish jury, when one of the jurors set Il Volo on last place in final.

jr esc nl
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jr esc nl

But juries put them drastically down.

xoxoxo
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xoxoxo

Who See 3rd place by viewers, do you remember?

jr esc nl
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jr esc nl

And i agree that this year still sounds promising!

jr esc nl
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jr esc nl

@xoxoxo
Remember ‘who see” at esc 2013? It fits your description of being diferent and diverse, i even liked the song but it still didn’t qualify :/

xoxoxo
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xoxoxo

Btw last year was Greek song disappointment for everyone. Next female with bad boring average ballad. This year they will save their face.

xoxoxo
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xoxoxo

We have hip hop and reggaeton in Stockholm, you can be happy, that Stockholm will bring diversity, this will be the best Eurovision. Don’t forget gays, no one in the world wants 43 average-pop-divas songs :))) Argo will qualify for 100% thanks to their originality. We have rock, indie, hip hop, pop for 2016, every str8 people wants colourful edition and this year sounds so promising! Thanks god, thank you Greece!

Angel
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I’m afraid this is so so bad. I can’t BELIEVE that Greece is going to send this after the elegance of Maria Elena Kiriakou with “One Last Breath”… It’s nonsense. Absolutely disappointed.

2015
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2015

wait…. ”Mose Senora”, i heard this before… where….?

aaaaaah… spain 2008 OFCOURSE!

xoxoxo
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xoxoxo

Wow, we can have great Greek song finaly! Very good choice, this song is so promising. Well done, Greece!

Ern
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Ern

This band uses imagery of guns, and they refer to Pontos — a place now in Turkey where Greeks once lived.

They may be talented, but it’s fairly obvious why they never got popular in Greece. They are a politically charged band that cannot break into the mainstream of Greek music, because they are so blunt in their politics. Clearly, we know why the SYRIZA government chose them.

Regardless, let’s wait and hear the song and see how they can perform it live.

cheesecake
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cheesecake

Let’s give them a chance, guys. Always complaining about the amount of returning artists this year “because new people should get a chance to present their talent”.
They might surprise us 🙂

ct_greece
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ct_greece

@ Hugh

The singer shares the same last name with Tsaknis’ former wife. Could it be a coincidence? I don’t know…

Hugh
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Hugh

Whose cousin is in the band? Only explanation.

Hippo
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Hippo

Disgusting that a band that is completely unheard-of can end up at the biggest music event in Europe for the simple fact the guy put in charge of ert is into this sort of rubbish. They’re worse than PKN just without the backstory.

ct_greece
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ct_greece

@ Mar

At least she had an amazing voice and she knew how to sing on live TV. They have never played live anywhere and their “recordings” are utter trash.

dimitris esc
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dimitris esc

They internally selected a band that is active since 2001 but has no discography,their previous material is utter trash and no one has seen them performing live on a big stage or at least on a tv show.This looks like the ultimate disaster.Why would someone give such an advantage to a talenteless group that no one knows?The only glimmer of hope is that the official press release indicates that the song writers are not the band members so we could avoid their trash songs.

Hippo
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Hippo

Name’s improved, I hope their music does too. Not looking good.

Anis
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Anis

Sounds like a cheap Reggeton

Mar
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Mar

If Greece can go to the final with the blandest, most stereotypical ballad sang by a screeching woman a.k.a “One Last Breath” and without sharing a semi with Cyprus, then they’ll probably make the final with Argo too.

ct_greece
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ct_greece

@ Markus

No actually it is since Syriza came to power.

They troll it on purpose, like Portugal did in 2011.

I'll Be Back
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I'll Be Back

…Well I love that song. Lets hope the real one is just as good, if not, better.

jr esc nl
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jr esc nl

Could it be the first time that greece and azerbaijan won’t make it to the final? :O

dutchie
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dutchie

That song is shockingly bad. If their Eurovision entry is anything like this, it would be a disgrace if they make it to the final.

Rhino
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Rhino

What happened with Greece in Eurovision.. “Argo” really.. Sounds like some butter brand 😛

2015
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2015

Finally a final without Greece! I still got high hopes for Azerbaijan, they’re much better than Greece (not always hehehe).

Ñu
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Ñu

Seems that this will be the first time that Greece won’t pass through the final…

Marcus (day one)
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Marcus (day one)

Remember when Greece used to be good at Eurovision?

Since Turkey left its like Greece and Azerbaijan don’t care.

ct_greece
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ct_greece

This is a snippet from their Facebook page a few months ago…It’s so bad and amateurish it sounds like a bunch of schoolkids trying their hands at a demo…

https://www.facebook.com/OfficialEuropond/posts/1067636786603295

I knew the new leftist ERT would try to show its contempt for Eurovision, but this is beyond my worst expectations…

esc1234
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esc1234

different name, same merde.