It’s almost been a month since ERT announced that the band “Argo” will represent Greece at Eurovision 2016. Some eurofans erupted with joy, while others gasped in horror. Neither camp really knew what the song and act would look like. Balkan, ethnic, Pontian or hip-hop? Well it seems that we will all find out together on 10 March.
ERT will present “Utopian Land” at a special ceremony at ERT’s headquarters, where Argo, the band formerly known as Europond, will finally speak to the public. In addition, the official video clip will also be uploaded online.
WHAT WE KNOW SO FAR
According to Newsit, the song is really exciting and has a distinctive ethnic sound. The lyrics are in Greek and Pontian, while the chorus will be sung in English: “We are the rise of the rising sun, dance with us and have some fun. We are the rise of the rising sun, fight with us for a utopian land”. Yes, there is a crisis on, but Greece can emerge stronger!
That’s SO Koza Mostra 2013. And we love it!
The Greek entry will focus on the financial difficulties and the refugee crisis, and suggest we can overcome any and all challenges if we fight for their fictive “Utopian Land”. Christina Lachana, Maria Venetikidou, Vladimiros Sofianides, Kostas Topouzis, Elias Kesides and Alekos Papadopoulos, aka the band “Argo”, will do their best to inspire Europeans.
Long time coming
ERT’s journey to Argo has been anything but smooth sailing.
First of all, ERT decided to break ties with MAD TV, the private broadcaster who organised national final Eurosong for the past three years. After that, the new broadcaster decided that ERT2, a channel dedicated to music and arts, would take over Eurovision. A bit later, ERT began approaching artists, including Mariza Rizou, Irene Skylakaki and Eleonora Zouganeli but they all said no.
— With reporting by George Vasileiadis