Cyprus are not messing around at Eurovision. After teasing us for weeks about their Eurovision 2019 act, CYBC have finally confirmed the name on everyone’s lips. Tamta will be flying the Cypriot flag in Tel Aviv.
The Georgian-Greek singer (full name Tamta Goduadze) has been rumoured to be under consideration to represent Greece in previous years. But much like with Eleni Foureira, Cyprus have stolen their thunder.
It’s hardly been Eurovision’s best kept secret, of course. Local news has been hinting Tamta was selected as early as November — when she topped our Cypriot wishlist.
And a drip feed of hints since then all but confirmed that Tamta was the chosen one to succeed Eleni. And with the team Tamta has behind her, there’s no doubt that Cyprus is in it to win it again.
Who is Tamta?
Tamta was born and raised in Georgia, but moved to Greece aged 21. There, she took part in Greek Idol, finishing in 2nd place. But she’s certainly not come off second best since then.
With 4 studio albums (including a Best Of) and multiple top ten hits, Tamta is easily one of the most successful and influential artists in the Greek pop music industry.
Her talents aren’t just as a pop star either. She’s been a judge on X Factor Georgia and X Factor Greece, and starred in musicals such as Rent and Cabaret. A multi-talent indeed.
Tamta to sing “Replay”, Sacha Jean-Baptiste involved
Also confirmed is that, as previously reported, the song is called “Replay”. It includes lyrics such as “You need my love on replay” and “Replay replay replay yeah”.
“Replay” has been written by Greek-Swedish hitmaker Alex P, the man behind Eleni Fouriera’s “Fuego” and Ivi Amadou’s “La La Love”. He will be assisted by Sweden-based songwriters Teddy Skye, Viktor Svensson, Kristoffer “Bonn” Fogelmark and Albin Nedler.
Also confirmed in CYBC’s press release is that Sacha Jean-Baptiste will be working on the song’s staging. After staging two Eurovision runner-ups in a row (with “Beautiful Mess” and “Fuego”), will this be third year lucky for SJB?
Given Tamta can own a stage like the performance above at the MAD Video Music Awards too, we’re sure that she’s going to bring a show in Tel Aviv.
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