In recent weeks Cypriot broadcaster CyBC has tantalised us all with hints about their Eurovision 2019 act, song and team.
In between dinner photos and a music video from J.Lo, some of you song contest sleuths figured out that the songwriting team consists of Alex Papaconstantinou, Teddy Sky, Albin Nedler, Kristofer Fogelmark and Viktor Svensson. A-list all the way!
Well today it appears that we have a song title, as CyBC shared the following image to their official Facebook page.
Now some of you might see the word RED and think passion which might lead you to think of “Fuego” — their floor-stomping dance number that climbed all the way to second place in Lisbon.
Well we’re seeing it slightly differently. The “D” is actually a play symbol, suggesting that the song title for Eurovision 2019 is “Replay”.
In our mind, “replay” suggests something urgent and repeatable, something that makes you want to hit play again and again. And naturally that leads us to think of dance, which Alex P and the Cypriot team have proved they are very capable of producing.
So, in short, Cyprus’ Eurovision 2019 song is likely a dance number called “Replay”.
The hype is real
With Bulgaria sitting Eurovision 2019 out, Cyprus has happily taken the reins as the new hype machine at Eurovision.
Their recent clues have revealed a celebrated team bursting with ambition.
One recent clue was a clip of Swedish singer Darin’s 2017 performance of his single “Tvillingen” on Swedish Idol. CYBC wrote “It’s all about that staging… #meetTeamcy” Sharp fans noted that the “Twillingen” performance was choreographed by the Swedish choreographer and production designer Sacha Jean-Baptiste. And we can see a resemblance — the split-screen overlays during the instrumental break remind us of the split-screen effects in Nika Kocharov and the Young Georgian Lolitaz’s performance of “Midnight Gold”.
Sacha Jean-Baptiste is known for her work on Melodifestivalen and other Swedish television shows, various national finals and of course her work staging numerous Eurovision entries.
While Sacha is often the go-to guru for countries wishing to make an impact with their staging, she has also forged long-term relationships with various delegations. Sacha has done the staging multiple times for Australia, Bulgaria, Georgia and Armenia.
Oh, and let’s not forget Cyprus. SJB brought caged-animal stylings to Minus One’s “Alter Ego” performance in 2016, and in Lisbon she was behind the unforgettable staging for Eleni Fouriera’s “Fuego”.
Are you excited about the song title? Do you think it will fit the widely-rumoured artist Tamta? Or do you think it signals someone else? Let us know down below!