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Cyprus: Tamta – Replay

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…
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The trombone-led riff is distinctive and provides the ideal focal point to build a staging concept around

User Rating: 2.78 ( 41 votes)

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.

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13 comments

  1. My observation of “Replay”. It’s a bit too much “Fuego 2.0”. Obviously it is in it to win it again. With this year’s lineup that could work. But televoters/juries alike could also think: “Not very original”. However, the memory of the average televoter isn’t that good. For now absolutely TOP 5 material. Still, like last year the juries could be the small hickup in really ending one grid higher on the TOP 3 stage.

    I have to say though: It’s totally admirable to see such a small Eurovision-nation shine this much. Luxembourg? San Marino? Malta? Andorra? Monaco? There’s a chance for all of you.

  2. Replay be branded as Fuego 2.

    I actually think Replay is the better song. It feels a bit more modern than Fuego, I would be interested to know if those of you with a better knowledge of the current pop scene than me (i.e. everyone on here!) agree. Its modernity or otherwise will be a key factor in securing jury support. The juries were reluctant bedfellows with Fuego after all.

    As for the televote, a lot will hinge on the live staging, vocal and performance, but if this is good I can see voter appeal here.

    Replay is a good song and, in the context of this year’s poor quality contest, is likely to end up somewhere in the top 10. How far up I don’t know.

  3. Catriona Colville

    It seems to be missing all the attractive factors of Fuego, while still sounding scarily like it. I’d say your being a bit generous with your scores Gavin, but I’ll admit it’s hard for me to gauge how popular this song will be in May.

  4. Pretty obvious the song is designed for the stage not a video.They are thinking of the whole package here.They have a fantastic artist who can deliver so no problem there.The intro is really simple and nice.It lets people know she can sing and get a connection and lets her do the work early before the beat takes over.You can see where they are going to introduce the dancers after the intro as well.Very clever,and the part after the bridge is obvious explosions/lighting time.The problem with the song is its all a bit flat outside of the beat though.Tampta is going to have to lift it herself if she is to give it life.I dont think this is out of winning if everything stages right,but it feels like a 3rd or 4th maybe?.We can pick holes in it,but its probably the first song we have that people should actually enjoy watching with a few drinks in them on the sofa.Id say this is probably a 12s shot,so the market drift is a bit harsh.I think Armenia have a similar if lower profile artist,so im very interested to see what they come up with.

  5. Brilliant. Best of the bunch so far. Musically superior to Fuego imo but we await the staging.

  6. I think the market was a little slow on this one. What exactly were people expecting from Cyprus given last years template, the songwriter and singer? 30s + pre “leak” too high, movements to below 20 too low.
    I don’t believe it’s a particularly great entry or a potential winner. I don’t want to compare it too much to Fuego but what last year shows is how much these entries struggle to reach the very top. Fuego had a perfect running order slot, huge momentum and perfect staging and was still roundly beaten in the televote by Israel that were for all indicators losing ground before the final. And that’s before looking at the juries who may be harsher.
    I have it between 4-10 but can’t see it getting enough points to win.

  7. For me this, as with Fuego, is all about the sex appeal, charisma and drive of the singer.
    Tamta comes across very dull, wooden and about as sexual enticing as a limp bowl of cereal.
    The song doesn’t have the twists and ethno touches of Fuego and instead is a more mainstream run of the mill Swedish prototype.
    Even with great staging this is looking lower 8-15 placing. Drifting on betfair as soon as video released.

  8. Agree with most of the comments above, but as song after song disappoints which songs do look top 5 material? This song appears more appealing than most and looks a good bet for top 5 to me. Whether it can win will definitely depend on staging but nothing in Melodifestivalen looks like a killer track and if Russia disappoints theres a song at big prices to be had. This isnt the worst bet if its 20+

  9. I like this song. I feel it’s equal to Feugo in terms of it’s potential elevation on stage. I agree that this is a wait and see exercise. I think, to be honest, Cyprus’ win chances depend on others – Russia especially. But as Hippo has said, these songs struggle to win. Even Sweden’s ‘Popular’ only managed third in 2011’s infamously weak year. Perhaps 5th-2nd is likely assuming Tamta elevates it enough.

  10. Here’s an overlay of Fuego and Replay: https://instaud.io/3nGh

  11. Tamta is definitely a better vocalist than Eleni but song could definitely be called Fuego 2.0. Eleni was also lucky last that Greece did not qualify and had the whole Greek diaspora for her. This year the Greek song is good and will definitely cost televotes for Cyprus.

    And for those who don’t know Tamta is Georgian so she will also get some support from there.

  12. It sounds a bit skeleton-ish to me. As in: it needs more production to dress it up. Too bare, not enough flesh on the bone. It therefore sounds kind of harsh, not pretty. (a bit of a synesthetic observation, I know). But it will appeal to listerners who are used to the likes of Rihanna.

  13. I have just been watching a live performance from Tamta:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PnuUpICazpo

    To me she’s a clone of last year’s singer. And I mean that in a positive way. She truly owns the stage if you ask me, has a sincere facial expressions of joy, knows her choreography, and most importantly she’s vocally spot-on.

    What do you think Gavin?

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