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"Alcohol is free" is the Greek preference for Eurovision 2013

19 February 2013 / 15:02:29  GRReporter
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The KOZA MOSTRA band with the accompaniment of the master of Greek rebetiko Agatonas Iakovidis won the votes of the audience and the jury. They will represent Greece at the contest in Malmö, Sweden with the song "Alcohol is free". The fast rhythm of the ska-punk sound won over Ageliki Iliadi’s pop-folk song, Timai Apergi’s jazz swing and the dance song by Alex Leon and Giorgina.

Two acoustic guitars, a bass guitar, drums, an accordion, a trumpet and Agatonas’ baklamadaki (a miniature bouzouki) will be the instruments with the help of which the Greek performance will try to grab the hearts of Europeans. The stylistic choices of the young people from KOZA MOSTRA drew the interest of the Greek audience as well.

Greek boys in kilts will amaze Europe while jumping around their "grandfather" on stage and praising free alcohol in their song.Although they are not known to have been connected with Scotland, they chose to appear on stage and in promotions in kilts. There were funny comments in the public domain on how Greek boys in kilts would amaze Europe while jumping around their "grandfather" on stage and praising free alcohol in their song.

The finals for selecting the Greek song gathered together in Athens some of the strongest performers who had won the contest in previous years. Among them were Dima Bilan from Russia, Ruslana from the Ukraine, Alexander Ribak from Norway and Maria Serifovich from Serbia. As a sign of commitment to the problems of the Greek economy and social difficulties, Ribak said, "Believe in yourself, my Greek friends! It does not matter that you have no money. The Greeks have a heart and they are sexy! This is very important, believe me". The foreign performers visited the Acropolis Museum, where Minister of Tourism Olga Kefalogianni took them around.

From the Greek side, singer Demy, Vegas band, the participant in last year's Eurovision Eleftheria Eleftheriou, Kostas Martakis, Melisses band and singer Eleni Fureyra supported the show. The Mediterranean country will present its song in the second semi-final in Malmö on 16 May 2013. The final, which KOZA MOSTRA and Agatonas Iakovidis hope to reach, is two days later. Eleftheria Eleftheriou wished her colleagues good luck from her Twitter profile.

There were some users of social networks, who were not so enthusiastic. Eurovision fans from abroad showed strong sympathy for Timai Apergi who fell out of the contest. "If Greece select one last kiss, I think would win eurovision 2013," says a user.

Another one states, "It could be worse than Eleftheriou’s performance". However, it seems in recent years that Eurovision is becoming much more difficult to predict. KOZA MOSTRA and Agatonas might be a surprise for all and win enough points to get into the top five.


Tags: MusicDanceEurovision 2013GreeceKOZA MOSTRAThe Alcohol is free
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