Cyprus’ last ESC 2018 success has given a huge boost to people’s interest within the country and the broadcaster’s ambitions for the next contest, therefore it was not surprise that the county was one of the first to confirm participation in Tel Aviv. Following last year’s recipe the national broadcaster opted for an internal selection, choosing this year the Greek- georgian act Tamta to perform “Replay” in Tel Aviv. 

A few words about Tamta

Tamta Goduadze is a Greek pop singer of Georgian origin. She was born in Tbilisi in 1981, where she lived until the age of 22, when she finally moved to Athens, Greece. Her involvement in music started off with her participation in the Greek reality show Super Idol in 2004, where she placed 2nd. On that show’s occasion, she released her first song To allo mou miso, a duet with her co-competitor and winner of the show, Stavros Konstantinou.

In January 2007, Hellenic Radio and Television (ERT), announced Tamta’s participation in national final to select the Greek representative in the Eurovision Song Contest 2007. She placed third of the three participants with the ballad song With love, and Sarbel went to the Contest.

Her latest album, Agapise Me, was released on May 16, 2007 and the first single is “Agapise Me” (Love me). More recently, she released a CD single titled “Mia Stigmi Esi Ki Ego/Ela Sto Rhythmo”.The cd include a remix of RBD Wanna Play Tamta was make RBD famous in Greece from her singles Pame Parea Rebelde and Agapw Wanna Play.Later on 2008 the RBD’s album Rebel’s was bestselling cd of the month March.It includes the Greek version a duet with Tamta. In early 2009, Tamta released the ballad “Koita Me” to radios as the first single from her upcoming album, which was released in March 2010. Among other some of her songs that met great success in Greece are Den telionei etsi i agapiKita meFotiaNiose tin kardiaGennithika gia senaIlious kai thalasses and Tag you in my sky.

Here’s Tamta’s latest single Na me paris makria (Take me away), penned by the Greek boyband Melisses and official soundtrack of Bachelor 3 movie.

The entry “Replay”

Svensson Sky Papaconstantinou Wrethov

The Cypriot broadcaster has previously through teasers and quizzes revealed that the composer of the song will be once again the Greek Swedish songwriter and composer Alex Papaconstantinou. Alongside with Alex the CyBC revealed the whole creative team behind the Cypriot entry , which includes some of the most successful names of the music industry Teddy Sky, Viktor Svensson, Albin Nedler and Kristofer Fogelmark are on board and have tried alongside with Alex to contribute in making a winning entry for Cyprus. After the composer’s creative team the broadcaster went on with the  staging director of the song . The well known choreographer  Sacha Jean Baptise, will be responsible for the Cypriot entry’s staging for a 4th time.

Here are the lyrics of the song: 

You need my love on replay
Replay, replay, replay, yeah
You need my love on replay
Replay, replay, replay, yeah
 
You’re stuck on me darlin’
Like a love song on repeat
Yeah, you’ve got a problem, alright, yeah, yeah
And I know I’m the one to blame
Because I make you scream my name
And baby, I’m all in tonight, mmm
 
That’s when you call me, that’s when you call me
Say you’re feeling lonely
Early in the morning, early in the morning
Time is moving slowly
We keep it undercover
I know you miss the taste
My heart beats like an 8081
 
You need my love on replay
Replay, replay, replay, yeah
You need my love on replay
Replay, replay, replay, yeah
 
And I know I’m the one to blame
‘Cause I make you scream my name
Baby, I’m all in tonight, mmm yeah
That’s when you call me, that’s when you call me
 
That’s when you call me, that’s when you call me
Say you’re feeling lonely
Early in the morning, early in the morning
Time is moving slowly
We keep it undercover
I know you miss the taste
My heart beats like an 8081
 
You need my love on replay (You need my love)
Replay, replay, replay, yeah (Yeah, yeah)
You need my love on replay
Tamta will perform Replay in the first half of the 1st semi final, opening the show. Take a look at the offcial music video of her song:

THE EUROVISION STORY SO FAR

Cyprus debuted at the Eurovision Song Contest in 1981 with the group Island, achieving an honorable 6th placing in Dublin. Aphrodite’s island has been represented by some of the biggest names in the Greek and Cypriot music industry: Anna Vissi (1982), Michalis Hatzigiannis (1998), Evridiki (1992,1994,2007), Ivi Adamou (2012), Despina Olympiou (2013), etc.

The country achieved its best Eurovision result this year when it placed 2nd with Eleni Foureira’s Fuego. The Athens-based mega-star was selected internally to fly the Cypriot flag at the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest in Lisbon. Eleni made Cyprus proud with her magnificent and dazzling performance at the Altice Arena.