Wiwi: When viewers pick up the phone to vote for Koza Mostra they won’t be voting for the song. They’ll be voting for the party atmosphere and cheer that this group spits on you at every turn before smacking your ass and giving you a high five. The yellow-and-gray backdrop morphs constantly, the drums are amped up, and the Riverdance-style choreography encourages you to let out an epic, “WTF?” At the centre of all this chaos is the avuncular Agathonas Iakovidis who plucks his ukulele with spunk and pizzazz. I don’t care what anyone thinks of the song. This is going straight to the final.
Vebooboo: Just as the Greeks don’t pay their taxes, they clearly haven’t listened to SVT. During this first rehearsal they showed up in ratty-ass t-shirts and jeans, rather than the outfits they plan to wear on stage next Thursday. In light of this it’s slightly difficult to assess fully the staging of this act. But I am quite confident that this will be one of the more memorable acts of the second semi-final, a la Hora din Moldova in 2009. This isn’t my type of music but it does well every year.
Photo credit: Sander Hesterman (EBU)