The Wiwi Jury — our in-house panel of music unprofessionals — continues to rate and review the 41 competing entries of Eurovision 2019. Next we head to Cyprus where Tamta has “Replay”. Did we have her on repeat? Read on to find out!
Tamta – “Replay”
Angus: “Replay” hits you like a sledgehammer to the face first thing in the morning. The impact is immediate, intense and lasting. It was hard enough to think straight after the first listen and now five-hundred or so in it sends me wild every single time. Tamta has star power, stagecraft and presence. The song crackles with energy, purpose and promise. Cyprus used to be middle of the pack: now the she-wolf is firmly out of the closet. My mind is stuck on replay!
Robyn: It does feel disappointing that Cyprus has closely stuck with the formula that took them to a firey second place in Lisbon. There’s enough going on here that “Replay” doesn’t feel like a rehash. Tamta brings her own character to the performance and the song itself delivers some Major Lazer style with those bold horns. But it’s not quite a winner. The 2019 roster is full of many quality entries that will make competition for the top five very crowded indeed. “Replay” is fun but it doesn’t quite measure up.
Barnabas: I’ve got to admit something, folks. I am really tired of the same, overused cheap Latin beat in every second uptempo song this year, as if Fuego wasn’t enough for people starving for bops riding on the remains of the “Despacito” bandwagon. And Cyprus using the same recipe as last year doesn’t elevate the value of this package either. We’ve got another girl with a good sex appeal who’s given an uptempo dance banger penned by Alex P, and whose singing abilities will be a mystery until the first rehearsals. Of course, this is not a “Fuego” ripoff, but seriously, Cyprus could have done much better. Get back to me next year.
Deban: The digital horns in the final production of “Replay” cradle the drum machine whilst giving it added thrust. Tamta’s self-awareness which manifests itself in lyrics like “You’re stuck on me, darling/Like a love song on repeat” is infectious. At first glance, “Replay” doesn’t appear to have a clear message. Upon closer inspection, you’ll find that it represents a self-assured woman that is fully aware of her potency. Whether you choose to intellectualise this entry or not, there is a strong appeal here: lyrically, musically, visually and sexually. Expect Cyprus to peak in the top five.
Lucy: I’m gonna be controversial: it’s not doing it for me at all. I don’t want to make that comparison, but it has too many elements from last year, and then with elements from Asanda’s “Legends” from You Decide last year… except both songs did it way better. I find this a bit underwhelming and uninteresting compared to other bangers we have this year. But without these bangers, there’d be less of a party, so I guess I can appreciate that at least.
Ron: Last year Cyprus brought us a real bop and this year we get a replay. I’m not sure which one is better, but who cares? Both songs are good and both have a great production and spectacular music videos. What I like the most in “Replay” is its fresh, rich and dynamic production which was done perfectly by big names such as Alex P, Viktor Svensson and Geraldo Sandell. This song is a banger and will make everyone dance in Tel Aviv. So yeah, it’s a bit similar to Eleni’s “Fuego”, but it’s still one the best songs in this year’s contest so well done Cyprus. I can’t wait to see how Sacha Jean-Baptiste will stage this one on stage.
In the Wiwi Jury we have 29 jurors but only have room for six reviews. The remaining scores are below:
We have removed the highest and lowest scores prior to calculating the average. This is to remove outliers and potential bias. We have removed a low of 2 and a high of 10.
Wiwi Jury verdict: 7.78/10
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