Now, with momentum firmly on their side, Christina, Maria, Konstantinos, Vladimiros, Alekos and Ilias have taken the time to chat with wiwibloggs about their Eurovision 2016 participation.
Your song “Utopian Land” is one of the few self-written songs this year. What’s the message behind it and was it difficult to write?
We write our own music, which is a combination of modern and traditional sounds, and the last 10 years. Our inspiration comes from real life, from our daily life and experiences. When our producer asked us to write a song we did the same thing. Focusing on our experiences and on issues that concern us — that’s how we wrote “Utopian Land”. We believe that all together and individually, we can achieve something great and this is the message we want to convey.
What does representing your country in such a big contest mean to you? What are your expectations and goals?
We feel honoured to be representing Greece at the biggest music contest of the world. We are very excited and we are working hard for the best result on stage. Of course our first goal is to pass from the first semi final to the final! We honestly believe that we will achieve it!
Do you believe that if a Greek National Final had taken place this year you could have won with “Utopian Land”?
We strongly believe in our song and our song’s message. We believe that the diversity in our music and the combination of modern and traditional elements will surprise the audience and they will vote for it. So, yes. If we had a Greek National Final we believe that our song would make the difference.
The studio version of “Utopian Land” received mixed reviews, but you’ve certainly won people over with the live performance. How do you deal with bad comments?
We respect everyone’s opinion. We know that not everyone can like our song and we respect that. Besides, it is often the case for a song to be low on wagering before the Eurovision Song Contest and before the performance on stage and then everything reverses. We are not afraid of the negative comments.
Whose idea was the new group name? And what does “Argo” stand for?
We began our collaboration as a band 10 years ago as “Europond” and we are still working together now under the new name of our band “Argo”. We chose our new name Argo because in this way we see the journey we are about to make. Like Argonauts, our journey starts with the final destination of Stockholm in order to win the “Golden Fleece”, which in this case is nothing but a professional presentation of our song in the 61st Eurovision Song Contest.
Do you have a message for your fans at wiwibloggs? Any advice on how they could find their “Utopian Land”?
Thank you for your support. See you all in Stockholm and enjoy your Eurovision 2016! And don’t forget that if we all come together great things are possible to happen!
So what do you think? Will Argo achieve their goal and win the ticket to the final? Let us know below…