Good evening everyone and welcome to The Blogging DJ. Today I will be continuing my series of looking in-depth at every entry competing in the Eurovision Song Contest 2019. In this post we are focusing on Cyprus, who came so close to winning last year. Can Tamta and “Replay” go one place better?

Selection Process

As has been the case since the 2016 edition of the contest, the Cypriot broadcaster CyBC internally selected their entry. Tamta was announced as the artist on the 21st of December 2018, one of the first countries to do so. “Replay” was subsequently released on the 5th of March. It has also been announced that Cyprus will perform in the first half of semi-final one.

Music Video

The Blogging DJ’s Review

In 2018, Eleni and “Fuego” became the most successful Cypriot song ever at Eurovision. So why change a great formula? CyBC clearly agrees as they have again chosen an upbeat female entry, with strong dance beats and the same song writer. But the comparisons end there; “Fuego” is a lot more ethnic in quality, whereas you can expect to hear this in any club around the world. It is definitely well produced, though the tempo doesn’t feel as fast as it should, sapping some of the energy from the song. It also doesn’t feel overly catchy apart from the word “Replay”, which for a dance song isn’t great. However, I didn’t rate last year’s song highly until the live shows, so this may change. 7

Live Performance Video

Tamta has yet to perform “Replay” live. If a video of this does become available, then this will be placed here.

Odds

According to Oddschecker, you can get odds from 12/1 up to 18/1 on Cyprus winning the Eurovision Song Contest 2019. This means that betters and bookmakers see this song as being a definite qualifier for the Grand Final, as well as challenging at the top of the leaderboard on Saturday night. But we have yet to see the live performance so these odds may change.

Record at Eurovision

Cyprus have taken part in Eurovision on thirty-five occasions since making their debut in 1981, participating in the Grand Final on all but six of those years. Their best finish came last year, when Eleni Foureira came so close to taking the contest back to Cyprus with an explosive live performance of “Fuego”.

What are your thoughts on the Cypriot entry? Can they “Replay” last year’s result or even go one better? You can let me know your thoughts in the comments section below and stay tuned for more Eurovision preview posts in the coming weeks, including my thoughts on the Danish entry, to be released tomorrow. Have a great day guys!

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