Last night the Wiwi Jury—our in-house panel of music unprofessionals—took a whole bunch of cash out of the ATM and headed to Athens to review Koza Mostra’s Eurovision song “Alcohol is Free”. Did the cheap booze turn us into happy drunks? Or did we end up with a nasty musical hangover? Read on to find out.

Vebooboo:  Um, isn’t this a carbon copy of Moldova’s Hora Din Moldova? Seriously…there may be a bunch of hairy Greek men on that stage, but Nelly Ciobanu and a wind machine must be hiding underneath the moustaches, pubic hair and hideous kilts. Although I’m slightly appalled by the nation’s lack of originality, I at least praise them for talking about free alcohol in a land where nobody pays taxes. For that alone, they deserve to advance to the Final. This is a fun song (um, just like Moldova’s in 2009) and will lighten the atmosphere a bit on Saturday so that serious vixens like Natalia Kelly don’t have an aneurism.

Score: 5/10

Greece, Men of Koza Mostra, 1HK Dick: Regardless of whether the alcohol is actually free, I imagine the bar will be the most popular place when the Greek entry comes on. You’d need to be pretty drunk to enjoy this song but Swedish alcohol prices may mean I smuggle in a bottle of Ouzo beforehand to survive the three minutes of torture. Worst Greek song for ages (including 2011)!

Score: 3/10 

Deban: Here’s a fact. So far, Greece has always advanced into the finals. Beyond that, it finishes in the Top 10. Some years have been undeserving like in 2010 Giorgios Alkaios’ Opa. Last year’s Aphrodisiac which was better than Greece’s efforts in preceding years finished in 17th position. Although I felt the placement was fair, it marked Greece’s lowest rank in recent history. In an age of under-age and binge drinking, this act is branding the wrong message. Voters aren’t playing allies any more, and with the help of the juries, music experts are taking quality control very seriously. Watch another bit of history unfold this year. My crystal ball tells me that you won’t see this entry in the final. If Alcohol Is Free, open a distillery. You’d achieve more sales that way.

Score: 2/10

Bogdan: I disliked “Alcohol Is Free” from the first listen. Living in the Balkans, I am fed up with this sort of sound that seems to appeal to everyone else and their drunk dad. Plus, the gimmicks (the kilts, the eye-grabbing English title that is repeated to vomit-inducing levels as a chorus, the traditional-looking old guy contrasting with the hipster band) put me off completely. I am sure it will do well, probably as well as the babushkas last year, but “Alcohol…” is definitely not my cup of tea.

Score: 3/10

Greece, Men of Koza Mostra, 2Alexander: Greece is sending a fun, satirical entry similar to Lithuania’s “Eastern European Funk” from 2010. I say “satirical” because Koza Mostra have stated that the song’s lyrics have a hidden political message, probably pertaining to Greece’s financial crisis. I just love clever, sneaky entries like that! Musically, the song is very up-beat and catchy–it’s perfect to listen to after having your fourth beer in a Greek tavern. The way the group crazily dances around also reminds me of Romania’s “Liubi, Liubi, I Love You” from 2007. Although this is quite different from the usual pop Greek sends, it’s a good entry in its own right and shouldn’t have a problem qualifying to the final.

Score: 7/10

Mr Häggkvist: Here we have the Greek “Zdob si Zdub”…  a crazy entry with a stupid title. I’m sorry but the whole mix of Folk & Rock is damn good, and I think that without Agathonas Iakovidis this would be so bad, the Folk touch is the best of this. Great tune!

Score: 7/10

Wiwi: During our recent live chat on Google Plus with Koza Mostra, the band explained why they wear kilts on stage and in their official music video. It’s all about bridging the divide in Europe by uniting the kilt, which comes from Scotland, one of the westernmost places in Europe, and Greek music, which was obviously born in the East. And while they pull that trick off, the song itself doesn’t ever take flight. It’s monotonous and lacks a worthy payoff, leaving it as bankrupt as Greece’s economy. Not even the song’s clever political message—which you can deduce from the lyrics—make me like this. Greece, a Eurovision stalwart, may fail to make the final for the first time in history.

Score: 3.5/10

The Wiwi Jury Verdict: 4.36/10

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Stylianos
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Stylianos

It really makes me angry when I read opinions for something very complicated from people who know about it as much as a fisherman knows about space ships. Greece is a proud country with a lot of history… respect that. If you CAN make it better, then come and help. Do not try to destroy it, as it being done till now. Guess what, it will never happen. It’s a country which fight and if it wants it can have it all (Germany alone owns Greece more than 360 Billion euros.) Anyway… we are talking about a song contest in… Read more »

Lenia
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Lenia

Hey wiwiblogs, guess what? It is rebetiko. Search google. Only in Greece you find it. And Agathonas is a REAL artist. Oh, and btw did you see their performance last night…?

Persona
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Persona

WE MADE IT TO THE FINAL YEY! NOW, EAT THE GREEK DUST!
GREECE ON THE TOP 5!!

evi
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evi

good luck greece! you are the best european country!! good luck again!! <3
we love you!

Ioanna Apostolidou
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Comment on song ONLY. You dont know nothing about politics and why Greece is today in this situation. Every year we buy your submarines… your weapons, your cars your medicines. Since Greece enter to Euro, our factories were closed, our agriculture was ruined, our shipyard dont function as in the past. So, I dont want the euro. The european bankers knew that Greece was borrowed in a hight level.. They havent done NOTHING.I want my drachma baaaack and my freedom.

fira
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i love this song wow good luck Greece <3

api-api
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api-api

“…leaving it as bankrupt as Greece’s economy” ??? greece hasn’t bankrupted yet…

Trevor
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Trevor

Sounds like one of those ‘joke’ songs that Madness used to do so well in 1980’s Britain. Ideally sung when drunk, before the next Budget, in a taverna somewhere on an island.

fira
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i love this song very much.this song is nice and funny.good luck from Azerbaijan love you Greece :*

Dreamer1968
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Dreamer1968

By the way i will take the risk to give this results even not like all of them. 1. Romania 85% 2. Norway? 100% 3. Malta 80 % 4. San Marino 100% 5. Greece? 95% 6. Finland 90% 7. Switzerland 85% 8. Latvia 70 % 9. Israel 60 % 10. Azerbaijan? 100% 11.Bulgaria 80% 12. Georgia 60% 13.Iceland 65%.

katerina
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katerina

i do not like netherlands nor montenegro
san marino,georgia, denmark, norway,ireland are my best. Roman song is weard. greek song is very catchy . i hope desperetely to get in the final because i cannot weep over each and every slow song that will be qualified.

stefania
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stefania

i find alcohol very funny and stimulating among a lot of sad ballades. I cannot possibly accept birds to win, it is so suicidal ,especially for my ears

MoMo
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MoMo

Nil point.

That’s free too, by the way.

Next!

AnthyGreece
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Greece is the BEST ??? ?????? ??????.???????? ??? ??????…

ct
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ct

The same people who said that Loukas didn’t stand a chance in 2011 (when in fact it was Greece’s best entry by far in recent years and finished third in the tele-vote) or that Opa! was horrible in 2010 are trashing this. What do they know really?

Greece is doing the right thing once again, sending something different, upbeat and macho with a liberal sprinkling of its very own musical tradition thrown in. In a year of feminine, touchy-feely ballads and pop vixens, this will stand out from the rest.

Leon
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Leon

A quirky song that may just defy the odds – look at Russia’s grannies last year!

MF
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MF

@Alexander: I meant giving scores instead of giving points, which pretty much is same thing for me. I understand it’s not 1 to 12, but rather X out of 10, but that’s what I meant…

Alexander Green
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@MF I’m not sure what you mean about me giving points. My score for Greece is a 7/10, as you can see in my jury review above. (Sorry if I didn’t make clear that I’m part of the Wiwi Jury). The jury reviews for Romania aren’t posted yet, so I won’t spoil it.

MF
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MF

@Alexander: I would have liked you giving the points you think those countries deserved and explain why, rather than incite people after the fact to not vote for those countries. Apart from political / neighbor voting, it’s a matter of tastes. I am convinced San Marino will qualify. I’m not convinced of Bulgaria, just for the simple fact that I don’t like the song. I think the guys are talented, but the entry is too ethnic to have large appeal. @ the rest…Comparing Zdob & Zdub’s songs with this Greek entry is a joke. Greece’s entry is for underage teenagers… Read more »

Alexander Green
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@henrique My logic is this: 1- There seems to be a group of countries that always qualifies to the final, and a group that usually doesn’t qualify. 2- Many of the countries that usually fail to qualify have great entries this year, such as San Marino, Montenegro, The Netherlands, Bulgaria, etc. 3- It would be a shame if a “good” entry from a successful country like Greece or Romania pushes out a “great” entry from a not-so-successful country like the ones I just mentioned. While I personally like the Greek and Romanian entries this year, I’d much rather have the… Read more »

henrique
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henrique

Sorry Alexander, but I can’t see it like that. I mean, what’s the use of having, say, fresh Austria in the final if their entry is so stale? I want to see fresh entries in the final, countries don’t matter to me.
Greece should have missed the final last year IMO, now I don’t mind seeing them there. That said, Aggeliki Illiadi should have won in Greece, lol.

Alexander Green
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@henrique I agree that this is better than Elefteria last year, and I also think that it will qualify to the final. I just wish we have some fresh countries in the final this year…

Jacob
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Jacob

I hate it but let’s face it; it will advance to the finals, but I can’t see it doing great in the final

henrique
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henrique

@dj Happy to see somebody making sense. Of course Greece is going to qualify and on its own merits. No doubt about it. Wiwi jurors don’t have a clue really, why, some of them even enjoyed elephteria!, what do they know?… Not that I’m too crazy about the song/act, but i like it and it will SO stand out above the rest …
Some people seem to have stuck with the same kind of boring, ESC-ish, dismal song and never seem to learn anything, ever.

dj
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dj

Ok so everyone says that this song won’t go well because of the juries. But lets remember a similar song, ”So Lucky” by Zdob Si Zdub. In almost EVERYONE’S top 43 it was LAST. But we didn;t only saw it qualifying but it also got a respectable 12th position which was very much for that song. And Moldova isnt so strong in televoting as Greece is. So in a year like this which is full of ballads, the greek song is a breath of fresh air. Seeing it’s draw, it is performed right after the sleepy Iceland and right before… Read more »

AlAlekoff
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AlAlekoff

As always, Greece goes with the traditional, disregarding any “specialists”, who think they know what music is about…and music is above all entertainment. It is a lock to be in the final and I will be shocked if it is not. It will also improve on last years’ cliche.

MXPBUDBXL
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MXPBUDBXL

I also think it goes to the final & might end up somewhere between 12th and 17th place. Eleythería’s position last year has got lots to do with “political voting” and the image of Greece in Europe. This feeling has changed over the past year as people who read newspapers have stopped considering that “no-one pays taxes in Greece” and have realised what tragedy Greeks are actually going through. There will be lots of points going there from the Mediterranean and Eastern Europe (+CYP of course) and although I don’t really like the song, after reading Vebooboo’s review I am… Read more »

Susan
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Susan

This is a fun song in a sea of dreary ballads, so I hope the voting public don’t feel inclined to be too picky about kilts and bits of English thrown in. Enjoy the crazy, I say!

Sokratis
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Sokratis

Lets not kid ourselves guys, this entry will soar into the final. Its definitely the worst entry Greece has seen since Mando in 2003 (2011 was great minus the rap) But what it lacks in quality song its going to make up with an energetic performance.

Joyces
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Joyces

This song is one of a few I really don’t like this year!

Alexander Green
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Despite me giving the Greek and Romanian pretty good scores, I wouldn’t mind if those countries don’t qualify to the final for once. Those countries ALWAYS qualify. Let’s have some fresh countries in the final that usually fail to qualify like San Marino, The Netherlands, Montenegro, Bulgaria, etc.