CyBC have confirmed that Tamta will represent Cyprus in the Eurovision Song Contest 2019 in Tel Aviv with the song “Replay”.
Tamta Goduadze was born on January 10 1981 in Tbilisi, Georgia. She moved to Greece with her family at the age of 22. In 2004, she took part in Super Idol, the Greek version of Pop Idol, where she finished in second place. She has since gone on to have a successful music career, releasing three studio albums and a Best Of album. She also appeared as a judge on the Greek and Georgian versions of X Factor.
This is not Tamta’s first involvement with the Eurovision Song Contest. In 2007, she finished third in the Greek national final with the song “With Love”. She has also approached ERT about representing them since 2010, but has been turned down. Tamta was also approached last year by CyBC regarding Eurovision participation according to Alpha News, but turned down the offer due to a busy schedule. Reports stated that this year, Tamta was approached by both ERT and CyBC about Eurovision participation.
Tamta’s entry for Eurovision, “Replay”, was written by Alex P. Alex P also wrote this year’s Cypriot entry, “Fuego” ,which went on to be Cyprus’ best result in the Eurovision Song Contest and went on to be a charting hit across Europe. The whole creative team behind the Cypriot entry for Tel Aviv is set to be formed of Alex P, Teddy Sky, Viktor Svensson, Albin Nedler and Kristofer Fogelmark. The song will be released at a later date.
For the fourth year in a row, the Cypriot performance at the Eurovision Song Contest will be directed by Sacha-Jean Baptiste. The Swedish choreographer has become well known for her impressive visuals and striking staging at the Eurovision Song Contest. At the 2018 contest she directed the performances of Cyprus, Australia and Bulgaria, she has also previously worked with the delegations of Armenia and Georgia.
Cyprus in the Eurovision Song Contest
Cyprus debuted in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1981. Their best result was in 2018, with Eleni Foureira and performance of the song “Fuego” won second place with 436 points. Before then, their best results in the contest came in the form of three fifth place finishes. In 2004, Lisa Andreas performed “Stronger Every Minute” in Istanbul, Turkey. She finished 5th in the final scoring 170 points, which included 12 points from Greece. They also placed fifth in 1997 with Hara & Andreas Constantinou and their song “Mana mou”, and in 1982 with Anna Vissi’s “Mono i agapi.” Cyprus withdrew from the Eurovision Song Contest in 2014 due to financial difficulties but returned again in 2015.