Tamta has finished her first day of rehearsals for the Eurovision Song Contest 2019 today in Athens.
Cyprus’ entrant for the Eurovision Song Contest 2019 has had her first day of rehearsals for her performance of “Replay”. The singer is currently in Athens, Greece working with the creative director Sacha Jean-Baptiste, who also worked on Cyprus’ performance at Eurovision 2018. Sacha posted on Instagram this evening showing the two together after a day of intense rehearsals.
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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.
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.