In 2013, he led Greece to a sixth-place finish with the party song “Alcohol is Free”. Now Koza Mostra lead singer Ilias Koza is looking to make a Eurovision comeback. He reportedly has three songs in the running to be Greece’s entry for Eurovision 2022.
Greek culture and lifestyle website Mikrofwno reports that the charismatic Koza Mostra singer has submitted three songs to Greek broadcaster ERT as part of their internal selection process.
The Greek singer-songwriter reportedly has three “strong” songs in the running, which are all said to be “worthy” of representing Greece at Eurovision.
Two of the songs were written by Ilias himself, while the third was co-written with some Swedish hitmakers. While Ilias may be best known as the frontman of Koza Mostra, his songs are submitted as solo works.
Mikrofwno‘s source claims that one of the songs “aspires to arouse European fans” and that the style may surprise some fans used to Ilias’ previous sound.
Greek broadcaster ERT is reported to be in the internal selection process of selecting their act for Eurovision 2022. As well as Ilias Koza, artists such as Good Job Nicky, Kalomira and Amanda Georgiadis are said to have also submitted potential Eurovision songs.
The Greek Eurovision fansite Eurovision Fun reports that next week ERT are due to meet to begin the selection process. The broadcaster will shortlist three or four songs, then meet with the artists to discuss their proposals.
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Ilias Kozas and Koza Mostra at Eurovision 2013
Ilias Kozas first performed at Eurovision 2013 as the frontman of the Greek rock band Koza Mostra. They performed the jaunty party tune “Alcohol is Free”, joined by the legendary Greek folk singer Agathonas Iakovidis.
The song was a hit and placed second in its semi-final, going on to finish sixth overall. “Alcohol Is Free” was especially popular with televoters. The song finished fourth in the grand final televote.
The sixth-place result of “Alcohol is Free” is Greece’s best finish since 2008, a record that remains to this day.
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