CULTURE

Greece slated for second semifinal at Eurovision song contest in Sweden

Koza Mostra will be representing Greece at the 58th Eurovision song contest in Malmo, Sweden, which begins on Tuesday with the first round of the semifinal, continues on Thursday with the second round and ends on Saturday, May 18, with 26 countries competing for the European pop music award.

Greece’s entry is “Alcohol is Free,” a catchy crisis-aware tune with traditional brushstrokes penned by Stathis Pachidis and Ilias Kozas, which will be performed by the all-male Koza Mostra band with the participation of rebetiko veteran Agathonas Iakovidis.

State broadcaster NET will be showing the semifinals, which are split into two groups of 16 and 17 acts respectively, on Tuesday and Thursday at 10 p.m. local time. Greece is slated to appear on Day 2 of the semis, after Bulgaria and Iceland.

Eurovision organizers will be announcing the finalists on Friday, May 17, a day ahead of the big show on Saturday, which will also be broadcast by NET at 10 p.m. local Greek time.