Greece: Argo

Greece Argo

 

 

I got some pickles and my friend has got the drinks
Vodka it is, then, and whatever else time brings
Grandma’s frying fish

Eurovision often brings to the stage politics, delightful cultural idiosyncrasies and certain element of weirdness. This entry has it all. How this song will be choreographed – with Argo’s six band members taking up the full quota of performers allowed on stage – is beyond me. Greek rap (such as those lyrics translated above) gives way to melodic Pontian lyra and sharp political verse, and if it’s not all too shouty, Greece might just have at least a middling chance.

We are the rise in the rising sun, fight with us for a Utopian Land

English translation courtesy of Eurovision.tv

 

Credit: Beetroot Design/Costas Pappas/Argo


 

 

All Kinds of Everything: interview with Argo


 Babushki4 vs. Lordi4

WINNER: BURANOVSKIYE BABUSHKI

The grannies from Russia touched our hearts and showed us that the scene of Eurovision is open to all social groups. Even elderly people. A real “party for everybody.” A group of grandmothers who sing with enthusiasm and joy is always a pretty picture, whether on stage or in life.

ABBA4 vs. Eurovision Song Contest 2014

TIEBREAK

They have written their own history in the competition, with a huge success that brought the contest to a much wider audience. They built their myth helped by the competition and at the same time the helped the Contest. We love the discography of ABBA. Conchita Wurst, 40 years later, emphatically transferred another message, much needed for the world today.

What does the Greek public think of Eurovision?

There are two “kinds” of audience. The one considers that the musical level of the competition as not very high and needing improvement. The other monitors everything fanatically and anxiously waits the show every year. But the point is that both watch the contest. In short, the Eurovision is something that many love to hate!

Do you have any rituals before going on stage?

We believe in hard work and excellent preparation. Only so we feel ready for each subsequent step. Shortly before we go on stage, our stress buster is to communicate with our loved ones for a sweet word. And then, we look at each other in the eyes, we show that we support each other – and we step on stage.

Who is your favourite Eurovision act of all time?

Apart from the Greek participant Helena Paparizou who won the contest in 2005 – with My Number One, which includes the Pontian lyre – one of our favorite entries is the song Nocturne by the Secret Garden. An exquisite composition, an entry that is not like the others!

How do you normally watch the Eurovision Song Contest?

The Eurovision Song Contest is perhaps the only “social” television event. We usually gather at a friend’s house and watch the show supporting different songs. Variety and democracy!


 

 

Hello Europe, it’s Camilla calling! Here are the points from the House of Apcar vote.

Greece: 6 points

According to my own personal preference, I have awarded points to all 43 acts entering this year’s contest using the EBU’s scoring system (12, 10 and 8-1 points).