Watch the Greek final tonight

Watch the Greek final tonight
Alex Leon. Photo: ERT
Athens, Greece -

Tonight it's the turn of Greece to select its entry for the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest. Four acts will compete, and you can watch the national final, Ellinikόs Telikόs Eurosong 2013 live in our WebTV Player, starting at 20:00 CET.

The final will be broadcast live from the Gazi Music Hall in Athens, and will be presented by Despina Vandi and Giorgos Kapoutzidis. The four songs in contention to represent Greece will be performed in the following order.

  1. One Last Kiss sung by Thomai Apergi (Music: Giorgos Gekas. Lyrics: Agis Nikolakopoulos)
  2. Angel sung by Alex Leon featuring Giorgina (Music: Alex Leon. Lyrics: Riskykid and Alex Leon)
  3. Alcohol Is Free sung by Koza Mostra & Agathonas Iakovidis ( Music: Ilias Kozas. Lyrics: Stathis Pachidis)
  4. Hilies Kai Mia Nychtes (A thousand and one nights) sung by Aggeliki Iliadi. ( Music:Kyriakos Papadopoulos. Lyricst: Ilias Philippou)

Viewers will be able to watch the show on terrestrial on ET1 for Greece and RIK (CyBC) for Cyprus, satellite on ERT World. You can also watch the show live on our WebTV Player or on ET1 Web Player or on MadTv's official Youtube channel from 20:00 CET. It will also be available on deferred transmission on ERT Eurovision (powered by MAD) it's in OTEplatform in "Eurobird".

The winner will be chosen by a 50/50 mix of televoting and a jury vote.

This year, the Greek Final, under the artistic direction of Fokas Evangelinos, promises lots of surprises as there will be past Eurovision winners who will present well known Eurovision songs in duetts with some young Greek artists. Demy, Vegas, Ivi Adamou (Cyprus 2012), Eleftheria Eleftheriou (Greece 2012), Kostas Martakis (Greek National Final 2008) and Melisses (Greek National Final 2010) join former Eurovision winners Dima Bilan, Ruslana, Alexander Rybak, Marija Serifovic, Vicky Leandros and Elena Paparizou. Leandros will not only perform her 1972 winning song, but also her highly successful entry from 1967 L'Amour Est Bleu.

Also making an appearance will be the Cypriot entrant in this year's Eurovision Song Contest, Despina Olympiou who will perform her song An Me Thimase.

Rehearsals commenced yesterday in the Gazi Music Hall, and are continuing throughout the day, prior to the live transmission. However it is not all work for the artits, today they will be given a tour of the Archaeology Museum, hosted by the Minister of tourism.

Eurovision.tv had the opportunity to chat to some of the contestants. Thomai Apergi told us "I am going to focus on my song and my effort. I'm trying not to pay attention to nothing else, so I'm not afraid of anyone and I believe that I am the strongest"

Alex and Ilias from Koza Mostra explained "our song talks about one of our nights when we went out and had some fun, but it also talks about in a metaphoric way about the crisis and everything going on in the last few years in Greece and in Europe. It 's about getting away from all those problems." They decided to sing in Greek as "we feel there is a need for Greek music and Greek lyrics, but the title in English captures the whole meaning of the song".

Agathanas lakovidis is one of the most well known singers and composers in the traditional rembetico style of music, who joins Koza Mostra to provide a mix for the song. This same idea of a mix appears visually with the outfits the group wear and their choice of wearing kilts.

With the rules only allowing a maximum of six performers on stage, the group Koza Moztra had to drop their colleague and bass player Dimitris from their on stage appearance, for purely technical decisions. He will however be accompanying the group everywhere else.

Aggeliki Iliadi sings her song in Greek, which "tells of a great love that finished suddenly, and as I think about all those beautiful moments and what I believed with him, I wish I could have him back so that i could live those one thousand and nights over and over again. It would be a great honour to represent my country and have this magical experience of Eurovision".

Aggeliki revealed that her favourite song of the other three in the competition is Angel sung by Alex Leon and Giorgina, which she considers a beautiful song that makes her mind travel.


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  • Posted on 18 February 2013 at 23:29
  • Posted on 18 February 2013 at 22:33
    ALCOHOL IS FREE WINS!!!!! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 18 February 2013 at 21:58
    Very good job Greece, I think all the songs are great, and all the singers will do their best, good job Greece, Hello from Thessaloniki. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 18 February 2013 at 20:16
    I'm so excited that Despina Vandi are presenting the national final tonight! One of my favourite Greek artist of all time... Opa opa opa opa!!! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 18 February 2013 at 19:55
    Hope Alcohol Is Free will be the winner song :) report to the moderator
  • Posted on 18 February 2013 at 19:08
    i think each of 4 songs are good in different ways but none of them is excellent enough for winning in malmo
    i like equally angel and alcohol is free and one last kiss
    giorgina has so good voice but i don't like the song's music, wish it had better music!
    greece u always are my favorite pls be careful and pick the best
    good luck report to the moderator
  • Posted on 18 February 2013 at 19:04
    I will be the odd one out because I really like Alcohol Is Free report to the moderator
  • Posted on 18 February 2013 at 18:33
    Thomai Apergi - One Last Kiss - not bad. I think he well be the second after Koza Mostra
    Alex Leon feat. Giorgina - Angel - a little bit boring, but the end of the song is more interesting
    Koza Mostra & Agathonas Iakovidis - Alcohol Is Free - very good song! reminds me style of Ukrainian Serduchka, Russian Buranovskie babushki and Moldavian Zdob si Zdub. Euro jury likes such songs. I think they will win the Greece final
    Aggeliki Iliadi - Hilies Kai Mia Nychtes - it reminds me some Egypt cinema with Cleopatra, Arab or Turkish dances ))

    My TOP for Greek final:
    1. Koza Mostra
    2. Thomai Apergi
    3. Aggeliki Iliadi
    4. Alex Leon and Giorgina

    ps. Koza Mostra, GOOD LUCK! ;) report to the moderator
  • Posted on 18 February 2013 at 18:00
    I really love "One last kiss" and "Alcohol is free". I wish "Angel" is not your favourite, because it is repulsive and the Alex Leon looks like a jerk, his hairs really disgusting and song is very boring... report to the moderator
  • Posted on 18 February 2013 at 17:20
    'Hilies Kai Mia Nychtes' by Aggeliki Iliadi is the best song, I think. But if Greece would decide to send 'Alcohol is free', I would laugh my ass off. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 18 February 2013 at 17:19
    Well... for our entry in Sweden 2013... I would like an... ANGEL.... to send me .... ONE LAST KISS.... god luck THOMAI!!!! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 18 February 2013 at 17:15
    Send me...one last kiss.... with an ANGEL!!!!! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 18 February 2013 at 16:52
    Hello from Bulgaria i like the song number for Hilies Kai Mia Nychtes .I think that this song is definately the best to represent GREEC:)LOVE IT Greetings from Bulgaria:) report to the moderator
  • Posted on 18 February 2013 at 16:16
    Yes! Greece can make the right choice. The best song for me is "Alcohol is free" is so nice and fun. The intro of the song is not so nice but then evolve so nice. This music is perfect for Eurovision. Good luck Greece!!!! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 18 February 2013 at 16:13
    If "Alcohol Is Free" ends up winning Ellinikόs Telikόs Eurosong 2013 tonight, then Greece will end up having their own Father Ted moment this year. So DON'T make that mistake tonight!

    However, I am looking forward to tonight's performance from Ivi Adamou! report to the moderator