ESCountdown 2019: #24 – “Replay” by Tamta, Cypress
IT’S THAT TIME OF YEAR AGAIN! Welcome to my ESCountdown 2019, presented by eCinemaOne, The Kirkham Report, and Planet BiblioMusica! Between April 7 and May 10, I will countdown my picks of the entries in the Eurovision Song Contest 2019! There are 41 countries participating this year, and we’ll bring you each and every entry from them all!
Last year, when we first launched our ESC coverage, I did the songs in random order. This year, I’m changing things up a bit. Due to copyright issues with the way I did my TKR videos on YouTube, my ESC show last year never made it to public consumption. So this year, rather than just cover the songs, I’m bringing you all the info on each song this year ranked in order of my personal preference from bottom to top. I’ll give the reasons for my personal rankings, and some background info on the song, artist, songwriters, and such. Again, these are MY opinions, and I realize that the ESC fan community is a rabid one, and rarely everyone agrees with everyone else, so as they say, your mileage may vary.
In at #24 on my countdown this year is the official entry from Cypress, “Replay” by Tamta, written by Alex Papaconstantinou, Geraldo Sandell, Viktor Svensson, Albin Nedler, and Kristoffer Fogelmark. The song is performed in English, and will be performed in a spot most fans consider a death sentence – it’s FIRST on the first semi-final on May 14.
Tamta Goduadze, known as simply Tamta, is a Georgian-Greek singer who first achieved popularity in Greece and Cyprus in 2004 appearing on the Greek “Idol” franchise, Super Idol Greece, where she placed second. She went on to release several charting albums and singles in Greece and Cyprus. Tamta later became a mentor on both X Factor Georgia and X Factor Greece.
I really dig this song, waaaay better than I liked Cypress’ entry last year, “Fuego” by Elena Fouriera, which went on to be the runner up in 2018 (I’d say ‘inexplicably’ but…um…no…it had ZERO to do with the song, but it wasn’t inexplicable at all, heh heh…). The video is stunning, one of several videos produced for this year’s contest with a lot of bondage imagery. Here, it works well, as does Tamta’s stunning outfits, and I absolutely LOVE her voice. I wouldn’t be disappointed to see this do much better than I have it my list, that’s for sure.
Cypress made its EuroVision debut in 1981, and has appeared 35 times over the years, with occasional years off. Their best finish until last year had been fifth place, which they’ve done THREE times, in 1982, 1997, and 2004, but last year, as noted above, they finished the grand final as the runner-up.
Here’s the official music video…see what you think…
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