Greek lifestyle magazine Mikrofwno reported on Thursday that Ilias Kozas, frontman of Greek ska-folk band Koza Mostra, has submitted three songs of his own to Greek broadcaster ERT’s internal selection process for Eurovision 2022.
Koza Mostra teamed up with late Greek folk singer Agathonas Iakovidis in 2013 to represent their country with the kilted earworm Alcohol Is Free, which earned them 6th place overall and 4th place in the televote, despite little backing from a financially-stricken host broadcaster.
In his own words, Kozas has submitted three “strong” songs that can “worthily represent” his nation and “raise it high in the final ranking”.
He aspires to “rouse European fans on the stage of Eurovision” as well as “surprise” them, stating that some of the songs, two of which composed by him and one in collaboration with Swedish songwriters and producers, are slightly different to his usual sound.
According to Greek fan site Eurovision Fun on Wednesday, ERT will convene a meeting to start the selection process next week. A shortlist of three or four songs will be selected internally, and then executives meet with these artists for negotiation.
Well-known Greek acts Good Job Nicky and Amanda Georgiadis, as well as fellow Eurovision alumnus Kalomira, who came 3rd for Greece in 2008 with My Secret Combination, have been reported as having submitted songs to ERT.
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