Back in September Greece opened the submission window for its Eurovision 2022 internal selection. Record labels were invited to submit packages that included artists, up to three songs, and an overall concept involving staging and promotional activities.

And today Greek broadcaster ERT has revealed the lucky five who have advanced to the final round. The announcement came on Studio 4 with Nancy Zampetoglou and Thanasis Anagnostopoulos. An expert jury will now meet with the five candidates to hear more about their proposals. As you can read and hear below, the artists cover a wide range of genres and come from home and abroad.

Amanda Tenfjord 

She may not be the biggest name, but Amanda has buckets of talent that is said to be catching the eyes and ears of Greece’s decision-makers. The 24-year-old Greek singer — real name Amanda Georgiadis — lives in Norway and was, until recently, training to be a doctor.

Her web site explains a bit more: “While studying medicine, she continued to write music and enter music contests, and it was for fun that she decided to sign up for a showcase festival in Trondheim, where she caught the eye of a record label and, just like that, she was signed.”

Her debut EP First Impression showcases the beauty of her voice and her modern singer-songwriter appeal. It’s a vibe that translates nicely across borders. She manages to mix modern pop, folk, electronic and ambient in magical ways — all wrapped up in Nordic cool. 

 

Good Job Nicky

Good Job Nicky — real name Nikola Varthakouri — is riding a wave of momentum. The 26-year-old, who is repped by Cobalt Music, released his debut single “Blue” back in January. It shows off his melodic voice and distinct sound, which is at once soulful and bluesy with a flair of alternative pop. We particularly appreciate the quirky video presentation, which conveys his bohemian edge and artistic spirit. The youngest child of celebrated musician Giannis Parios and talk show host Sofia Aliberti, showbiz runs in his veins. 

Greek media have descibred him as “one of the most famous fashion icons of his generation” — and major brands seem to agree. He currently features in the SUPERDRY Autumn / Winter 2021 campaign.

 

Ilias Kozas

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 all on his own.

Greek culture and lifestyle website Mikrofwno previously reported that the charismatic singer had submitted three songs to Greek broadcaster ERT as part of the internal selection process. Their sources said all of his options were “worthy” of representing Greece, suggesting he himself had some very tough choices to make.

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.

 

Joanna Drigo

Here’s how Joanna’s team describe her on Spotify.

“Joanna Drigo is one of the most promising, young upcoming singers and songwriters in Greece, who has started her career in music with the release of her debut album Kapies ores geniounte ta onira (There’s a time that dreams are born), released by EMI.”

“The first step was taken after being chosen to take part in the live performances of Filippos Pliatsikas, one of the founding members of the legendary band, named Pyx Lax. Joanna’s collaboration with Filippos brought upon the recording of her first album, with two songs ‘Vicky’ and ‘Allergia stis desmefseis’, setting her as one of the most interesting English and Greek-speaking artists in Greece.”

“Joanna later released a second album Zugos stin kardia and some other singles over the years, distinguishing for her numerous, engaging live performances. In 2021 her paths crossed with Spring T(h)ree, a group of ambitious and visionary music producers with long years of experience in music production, song-writing and artists’ promotion. The result of their collaboration is a fresh and original sound, with their first single ‘Foolish games’, while other singles are yet to come.”

LOU IS

Lou — full name Louiza Sofianopoulou — has been performing publicly for more than 15 years. She’s collaborated with artists including Eleni Vitali, Manolis Famellos, Giannis Kotsiras and Dimitra Galani.

Speaking to OGAE Greece, she described her proposed Eurovision song like this:

“[It] surprised me at first because it does not have the introversion of the previous ones. It has my own lyrics and music, it is a disco style dance with fresh pop orchestration and an optimistic message. It tells a story, a transition from the past to something new and better. There is nostalgia and love for what I experienced but a strong and clear mood to move forward! Our whole proposal revolves around this festive passage and opening to the future, the joy and the life full of substance.”

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Luc
Luc
4 days ago

Forgot to mention in my previous comment that I loved Amanda’s work too, and that I’d love to see her represent Greece in the contest, she’d be a great contestant too.
But I think she’d better do so in the future (and by “the future,” I mean in the short term, not a long time either lol), Stefania was a similar act – background-wise, and my concern is that that would hurt her chances, it’d be sad if she underperformed because of that, as not enough time has passed since her taking part.

Last edited 4 days ago by Luc
Yannis
Yannis
8 days ago

Plus I find so petty that other singers with questionable vocal abilities who are not in the five shortlisted singers (aka Nikos Ganos) are giving interviews and being petty by saying that ERT have already decided on Good Job Nicky! Just be humble and if you don’t like it do not send songs, submit songs to Rik

Yannis
Yannis
8 days ago

It is very likely Good Job Nicky will represent Greece. He is one of a kind singers and as soon as he started releasing songs people though that the guy is too small for Greece and he has potentials of a international singer songwriter. I feel that he is probably going to be the best entry that Greece have said since Helena Paparizou

Rob
Rob
9 days ago

Can we listen to the songs? I can’t find their eurovision entries.. anyway, i loved alcohol is free in 2013 so i would be happy if Koza returns but i would love to meet new artists in eurovision so i prefer good job niky or amanda tenfjord. Good job niky gives me arcade and gjons tears vibes… he could be a eurovision winner! About amanda tenfjord she could do great with the juries but i dont know about the public votes.. if i listen to the official songs maybe i will change my mind but for now it is clear… Read more »

Nils
Nils
9 days ago

amanda tenfjord’s ‘troubled water’ is quite nice.

voix
voix
9 days ago
Reply to  Nils

its just meh

sam
sam
9 days ago

good job nicky has winner vibes…. just amazing

Sot
Sot
9 days ago

What a way to come back at wiwibloggs! This was a great decision admittedly, kinda sad for Evangelia but Elias Kozas is coming back yall, in loving memory of Agathonas… 🙁

Nikko
Nikko
9 days ago

Greece, you only have one job – good job nikkie

Bart
Bart
10 days ago

I really hope after last year it was English a really Greek song would be nice , but of all artists Good Job Nicky is most interesting voice and style! As a note here I have discovered a Greek song that sounds so Eurovision:
Antonis Remos – Ego Gennithika Xana , what do you think if this song was the Greece entry? ??

Last edited 10 days ago by Bart
Sonam
Sonam
9 days ago
Reply to  Bart

It could, but in 2010

vess
10 days ago

yay go Greece!

of all of five artists, I reeeeally like good job Nicky. I hope he gets the golden ticket because his style is very intriguing!

Greco
Greco
10 days ago

Good Job Nicky all the way guys!!! His voice has elements of James Arthur, Duncan Laurence, I am playing January 8th on repeat such a dreamy romantic song.. Greece please send him and wish you best of luck!!!

Fabio
Fabio
7 days ago
Reply to  Greco

The song sucks, I cound’t stand it for more than 1.5 minutes, lol

vetrina
vetrina
10 days ago

good job nicky all the way!

Yannis
Yannis
10 days ago

Good job nicky is a fantastic among talent and son of one of the biggest male singers songwriters

Pablo in Germany
Pablo in Germany
10 days ago

Good Job Nicky would be amazing and if the song he submitted is anything like January 8th (I read something about a cinematic ballad), I really hope for something out of the box for eurovision! Gooo Nikola

Yannis
Yannis
8 days ago

The first time I heard January 8th I was mesmerized and I though that this was an international artist! This guy is something else! Obviously he got the genes of his father Yannis Parios who have amazing voice and sentimental vocals

Pablo in Germany
Pablo in Germany
8 days ago
Reply to  Yannis

Same here!! When I first heard it, feeling mesmerized totally sums it up, I got addicted to the song! Agree 100%
Yes, surely the genes are kind to him, but it’s just incredible how he is actually so versatile musically, always authentic and super creative in all his moves!

I really wish to see him in Torino!

ESCFanGA
ESCFanGA
10 days ago

Judging from the comments it’s seems everyone wants either Amanda or Good Job Nicky to go to Eurovision and aren’t keen on the other three.

Luc
Luc
10 days ago

I hope it’s GJN, he has the whole package and he’s the kind of act Greece hasn’t ever sent, and I think it’s time for them to try something new.

Ern
Ern
10 days ago

My money’s on Good Job Nicky getting the ticket to Eurovision 2022.

He has both talent and family connections going for him.

Who am I?
Who am I?
10 days ago

Greece is guaranteed to be in the top 10 in the upcoming eurovision song contest. Screenshot my comment.

Roodi
Roodi
10 days ago
Reply to  Who am I?

Sounds nationalistic

Nikos
Nikos
10 days ago

I really hope it’s Good Job Nicky because I think he has the whole package, including really good live vocals. He has some elements of Mikolas Josef with the fresh style and production with some rap thrown in. I think something like “January 8th” or “Clouds” would be good.

Obviously Mikolas is much more energetic and I’d say more charismatic, but I remember initially how criminally underrated he was, and was so happy when he got that awesome result!

Roodi
Roodi
10 days ago

These Musicans does not have one single hit in Greece why is ERT not chosing someone who is really popular in Greece like Josephine or Snik

Pineaple
Pineaple
10 days ago
Reply to  Roodi

Because neither of them can hold a tune while performing live and only appeal to one demographic of person. The artists in this line-up have more going for them than a “yaas kweeen” trashy pop song.

Roodi
Roodi
10 days ago
Reply to  Pineaple

Josephine can sing live she won J2us and Snik is a very popular rapper his music reminds me of Mahmood and yes he can rap live

notyourtoy
notyourtoy
9 days ago
Reply to  Roodi

Josephine maybe when she learns to sing well live (remember her in 2014 national final) and better shoot me than having Snik or any other trapper (ew) at the contest. Especially for the latter one, it will be the second time I wish Greece stays in the semifinal

Sabrina
Sabrina
10 days ago

As always, may the best song win (and may the right people decide which song is the best one). On paper, Good Job Nicky and Amanda sound like great choices. I’ll definitely check more of their music.

voix
voix
10 days ago

GJN is the favorite and rightfully so. He had a successful debut album with songs that have an international appeal (check January 8th, you wont regret it) and he is something Greece has never sent before. All the others treat eurovision as a way to start their career and apart from Ilias Kozas i dont know if they can sing live.

In short terms, Good Job Nicky for the win!

Last edited 10 days ago by voix
Bombalurina
Bombalurina
10 days ago

I’m surprised that Evangelia girl is not accepted to final five , everybody thought she would be the representer
Also i realised two names in this list was not in the list with 11 names before.
Anyway , I am #TeamAmanda from the first hope she wins

Pablo in Germany
Pablo in Germany
10 days ago
Reply to  Bombalurina

maybe Cyprus got Evangelia?

Bombalurina
Bombalurina
10 days ago

If i’m not wrong Cyrus said somebody from the island will be the representer , so that removes Evangelia’s chances.

BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
9 days ago
Reply to  Bombalurina

So Cyprus might be going in-house to select their eurovision entry For 2022. That is a nice change of pace, and I hope it goes well enough that they could still make the final. I’d hate to see Cyprus failing to qualify for the first time since 2013 with an in house entry. I’d like to see them send something other than another diva dance Bop, Nothing wrong with them, but it’s time to switch it up.

Bombalurina
Bombalurina
9 days ago
Reply to  BadWoolfGirl

exactly. You know what , that 2013 entry is one of the most special entries in Eurovision for me. Greek language with a very calm aura , those instruments,her soft voice,and composition.. i mean that song was so peaceful. I know people generally don’t like it. If we consider 2022 participation , i think it’s Ivi Adamou because she is from the house also they offered her in 2020 and 2021 but she couldn’t due to some reasons(prengancy , covid) But she wanted it , the channel wants her , and problems are over. She is one of the most… Read more »

Last edited 9 days ago by Bombalurina
Alo
Alo
10 days ago

I dk any of them so I’ll just hope they pick the best one.

Anyway I read that fokas from the dream team will do the staging for gjn and amanda which is not so promising in my opinion..

Cookie Nation
Cookie Nation
9 days ago
Reply to  Alo

Definitely not. They are specialist in turning current sounding songs into dated shows. Last Dance sounded like Dual Lipa and they turned it into a 70’s show with no irony at all.

Alo
Alo
9 days ago
Reply to  Cookie Nation

It was so messy.. And Stefania looked so uncomfortable there.

Thanos
Thanos
10 days ago

Hmm I am Greek but I am not familiar with most of those names. Of course this means nothing. I think that it is possible that we can send an alternative entry this year, which could help us build on last year’s success. We will wait and see!

Aris
Aris
10 days ago

Good job Nicky the best !

Polegend Godgarina
Polegend Godgarina
10 days ago

good job nicky is extremely promising… if there’s one thing greece hasn’t provided in the recent years is a song that connected with the public beyond the contest night, and i think he could provide just that. he has a very international sound / style.

Lorenzo
Lorenzo
10 days ago

Good Job Nicky all the way. I’ve listened to his songs January 8th and Clouds and damn. He could be one of the most interesting choices Greece has sent in the past few years. Plus, he just sounds so talented and international. I just get so many good feelings from this guy!

Apollo
Apollo
10 days ago

Most excited about Amanda Tenfjord and Good Job Nicky.

However, I’m sure Greeks will probably vote for Ilias Kozas since he’ll likely have a VERY Greek song.

Giorgos
Giorgos
10 days ago
Reply to  Apollo

His song is not Greek. It’s English with a rock sound.

Apollo
Apollo
9 days ago
Reply to  Giorgos

Oh, interesting. That means we’ll have 2 rock songs in Greece’s selection this year.

Amesc
Amesc
10 days ago
Reply to  Apollo

Actually in his solo career he is performing in a very different style and it is rumored that he is having an english song. So it would be very interesting to see what he brings to us.

Mary gar
10 days ago

As a Greek I’m rooting for goodjobnicky! He has a great voice and style. Also it’s something different from my country and I can see it working! Good luck to everyone!

Branko86
Branko86
10 days ago

There’s nothing written about LOU IS???

Helena
Helena
10 days ago
Reply to  Branko86

No one knows her

Alexandros Selekos
Alexandros Selekos
10 days ago

I’m rooting for Amanda to represent my country. Rumor has it she has prepared a very classy ballad and I really love her style.

Joe
Joe
10 days ago

Lot of good choices here. Elias Kozas is the only one who doesn’t grab me and even then I’m willing to give him a chance if the song’s good. But the Dream Team connection could bode well for GJN.

Roodi
Roodi
10 days ago
Reply to  Joe

how is it to have a lot of downvotes

Joe
Joe
10 days ago
Reply to  Roodi

I’m surprised. There a lot of Elias Kozas fans here? I don’t hate him at all! He could even be great! I would just rather see someone new

Jessey
Jessey
10 days ago

Rooting for good job Nicky
But where is evangelia tho?
You telling my these 5 song are better than hers not buying that
Hope Cyprus picked her up along the way

Last edited 10 days ago by Jessey
Onar
Onar
10 days ago
Reply to  Jessey

These songs are meant to be just examples of their music and not the actual songs they submitted.

Jessey
Jessey
10 days ago
Reply to  Onar

Yeah I know but we all know evengelia would have an absolute banger

Onar
Onar
9 days ago
Reply to  Jessey

The commitee that evaluated the songs also took into account how well the songs could potentially do in Eurovision. Please tell me how many so-called “bangers” entered top 10 this year?

Luc
Luc
10 days ago

Amanda seems really promising my vote goes to her

Hyunwoo
Hyunwoo
10 days ago

Where is Evangelia?

BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
10 days ago
Reply to  Hyunwoo

She probably didn’t make the cut. It happens.

Ashton
Ashton
10 days ago

Rooting for Good Job Nicky here. Mad that Evangelia didn’t go through though

BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
10 days ago
Reply to  Ashton

Maybe it just wasn’t her time this year.

Pablo in Germany
Pablo in Germany
10 days ago
Reply to  BadWoolfGirl

or Cyprus might have gotten her?