Likely Televote Appeal
Likely Jury Appeal
The trombone-led riff is distinctive and provides the ideal focal point to build a staging concept around
After much hype and build-up, Cyprus have finally released the full version of Tamta’s Replay in readiness for 200-mile trip to Tel Aviv in May.
As has already been highlighted in the comments, there are some structural similarities to Fuego – even the intros have the same chord progression! The early intel received was that Replay would boast a more instant pop tune and hook. I’m not sure about that and find myself preferring the flow and off-beat percussive elements of Fuego: it has more sass along with the appealing ethnic flourishes that attracted broad support in Lisbon.
Nevertheless, the trombone-led riff is distinctive and current, while providing the ideal focal point to build a staging concept around. The danger is that we compare Replay to Fuego too much knowing that Fuego only came alive on stage and that the very same wow-factor could be delivered by Tamta.
The 14/1 prior to the release was too low given how this sort of song is so dependent on staging. If Sacha Jean-Baptiste’s concept fails to deliver the same explosive impact, then Cyprus could be double the current 20/1 price after first rehearsals.
This is very much a wait and see exercise.