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Greece: Argo – Utopian Land

Expectations for Greece were already low when Argo were presented, but this morning, Greece let everyone know just how low they can go. Argo will attempt to maintain Greece's 100% qualification record in semi-final 1. This is possibly the worst Eurovision song from Greece ever. Even 3 minutes of Agathon Iakovidis' twitching moustache would offer more entertainment value. It would probably be cheaper too! When I first listened to this song, I thought the first part wasn't bad, but the amateurish nonsense soon overpowers the ethno intro. Then it turns into an fusion of everything that is bad about Eurovision in some…
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It's a fusion of everything that is bad about Eurovision in some sort of Rambo Amadeus meets Gipsy.cz nightmare

User Rating: 2.35 ( 33 votes)

Expectations for Greece were already low when Argo were presented, but this morning, Greece let everyone know just how low they can go.

Argo will attempt to maintain Greece’s 100% qualification record in semi-final 1.

This is possibly the worst Eurovision song from Greece ever. Even 3 minutes of Agathon Iakovidis’ twitching moustache would offer more entertainment value. It would probably be cheaper too!

When I first listened to this song, I thought the first part wasn’t bad, but the amateurish nonsense soon overpowers the ethno intro. Then it turns into an fusion of everything that is bad about Eurovision in some sort of Rambo Amadeus meets Gipsy.cz nightmare.

With the rules changing for this year’s Contest, Greece can at least cling to the hope that their diaspora won’t be cancelled out by the international juries, that’s if it turns up at all. I think SVT will look to bury this mess in the semi-final and hope it doesn’t muddy what is expected to be a lower quality final than usual.

Will this be Greece’s first non-qualification?

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14 comments

  1. If there was any justice every Greek vote would go to Cyprus which would result in them qualifying and Greece being shown the door…sadly there is no justice in this world but come on…in an 18 song semi surely even Greece can’t qualify with this!

  2. No Greece don’t have a chance in qualifying here. They have, by and large I’d argue, deserved to qualify every time they have. This song is absolute rubbish. The lyrics are cheesy and repetitive, rap is never the smartest move but this is a terrible example of rap anyway. If Maria Elena Kyriakou could only get sixth with the cypriot jury last year then Argo will get about 2 points out of sympathy. This isn’t even going to be close, there isn’t much diaspora relatively in the countries in semi one anyway and even if there was it wouldn’t make much difference as this band is completely unknown and have a very regional sound. This will be dreadful live too, the budget for a show is not there and these performers have no experience. Greece should have just withdrawn rather than waste money trying to make a political point here.

    I feel for you Gav sitting through all the semi 1 rehearsals.

  3. This is a bold statement to make but with a first half draw I honestly think this dead in the water already. I see next to 0 support for this outside of Greek diaspra and that alone would at best get them a borderline result in televote which will be irrelevent because the jury will absolutely tank this entry. Turkey 2011 shows diaspra alone won’t get you through an 18/19 song semi.

  4. Year after year the strength of diaspora weakens because people feel less and less obliged to vote for the motherland as the interest for Eurovision fades away. Sending a band that they’ve most likely never heard of also doesn’t help.
    Last year, Greece came only 9th in the televoting in the semi (and 4th with the juries WTF?)
    Furthermore, for the first time ever, having Cyprus in the same semi is not a good thing for them, because it’s a far stronger entry. Having Bosnia with a similar but better song later in the semi is anther bad thing.
    The time has come for the ghost of Anna Bergendahl to claim her new victim.

  5. The thing is: people were throwing around the “there’s no way Greece will qualify with this!” comments both in 2011 and last year, and they both qualified comfortably. So clearly the Eurovision gods are trolling us and will see this qualify just to mess with everyone.

    But in all seriousness, I wouldn’t be the slightest bit surprised if they fail. I just personally feel it’s very dangerous to call Greece a certain non-qualifier when they’ve done it with weak songs before.

    • This is much worse than 2011. Greece last year where borderline on the televote in a 16 song semi, can you honestly see them much higher in an 18 song semi? I certainly can’t and bare in mind that this will get very little form the juries.

  6. am i right in thinking there’s only Azer to come? if so, i’m nailing my colours to Sweden’s mast.

    • Czech Republic (because Hope Never Dies) and Serbia

      • I’m trying to find a real snippet of Serbia (with music of course) but no luck. You heard something KeyserSoze tebra ?

        • No, they’re being weirdly secretive. Not a single person outside RTS has heard it. Honestly, my sister is an editor at Blic and they’re as clueless as we are. RTS literally kicked the journalists out of the studio while she was performing it.
          That a capella didn’t sound promising to me to be honest, as much as I like Sanja.

    • Bulgaria too and Malta’s song change (Though Neither are going to make much of an impact at the top of the odds.

  7. We all expect Greece to not qualify for the very first time since new format. Deservedly. This doesn’t even arrive at “low cost song” category…

  8. So disappointing – but it was always going to be an uphill battle to to make a ‘happy, upbeat song’ about the migrant crisis work, wasn’t it? Or am I missing something? And throw in rap which, by now, they must know is a bad idea, and it’s a disaster, surely?
    Shame, as Greece is usually a favourite at our place.

  9. Not a great song, but I wouldn’t bet on them staying out of the semi. They are Greece, even the lifeless Maria-Elena Kiriakou made it.

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