Tamta

EUROVISION 2019: What Next – Tamta

What next for this year’s Eurovision finalists?

Cyprus: Tamta

by Christopher Smith

Cyprus first entered Eurovision in 1981 with “Monika” by Island and have only ever come second once in the top three since then, “Fuego” by Eleni Foureira, and that was last year! So in 2019, many Cyprian’s were hoping that this year they would go one better. Their offering was 38 year old Russian born singer Tamta Goduadze, who first came to notice when she came second in Super Idol in Greece in 2004. Tamta tempted with “Replay” and would ultimately finish thirteenth with 109 points, 77 coming from the jury vote.

Tamta released her self-titled debut album in 2006 which included the singles “Faraway”, “Den Telionei Etsi I Agapi” and “Einai Krima” (with Grigoris Petrakos). The following year she represented Greece in the Eurovision Song Contest with the song “With Love” which came third that year and hit No.2 on the Greek singles chart. It was the lead single from Tamta’s second studio album “Agapise me” which would peak at No.4 on the Greek album chart and featured the singles “Relax, Take It Easy, Agapise Me” and “Agapo (Wanna Play)”.

Tamta hit the singles chart again in 2009 with “Koita Me” that came from her third album “Tharros/Alitheia”. In 2011 she released a “Best Of” compilation that included three top ten hits, “Oblivion”, “Pare Me” and “Gennithika Gia Sena”. She returned to the top ten in 2017 with “Ilious Ke Thalasses”. In 2015 Tamta again entered Eurovision representing Greece with the song “Unloved” losing out to Maria Elena Kyriakou who came nineteenth with “One Last Breath”.

Tamta was back in 2019 for a third attemptm this time for Cyprus with “Replay”, a song written by Alex Papaconstantinou, Geraldo Sandell, Viktor Svensson, Albin Nedler and Kristoffer Fogelmark. Following this year’s contest, “Replay” has reached No.2 on the Greek singles chart, equalling “With Love”‘s 2007 chart high there. The song has also made the top ten in Belgium and charted in Sweden and Estonia. Tamta will be performing at Athens pride on 8th June and it is rumoured that she will soon enter the studio to record more new music soon after!

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Written by Christopher Smith

So perhaps you’ve read an article or two that I’ve written and wondered “just who is this character?”! Well I thought maybe it would be time to introduce myself and what I’m all about. Well it’s all about the music! Having been born in the late 1970’s I was heavily influenced by my parent’s love of ‘popular’ music and rock and roll of the 1950’s and 60’s. My Mother always said she should of married Elvis and my father was, and is still, in love with Sandie Shaw! But while my Dad’s tastes stopped in about 1967, my Mum carried on loving music throughout the 70’s, 80’s and beyond. My first memory was playing on the floor whilst my Mother was ironing one day with the radio on, and hearing ABBA’s “Super Trouper” dancing my nappy off to it! Maybe that’s where it all went wrong…?! Having been subjected to all and sundry in my infant years, I finally found my feet in the mid-1980’s and began ‘partying’ to the likes of Culture Club, Stevie Wonder(!), Elkie Brooks and Bananarama to name but a few! The year 1987 would have a profound effect on my listening tastes and from thereon in my life would be dominated with buying and listening to music. Any number of outstanding songs were released and listened to that year, most notably “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now”, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” and “La Isla Bonita”. That Summer my mind was completely taken over with music and sounds I’d never heard before and I was totally taken in by it all. My father would say “whaaar rubbish you got on naaaaao?” (I’m from Norfolk!) but I was hooked. And it continued so for the rest of the decade and the next. At the beginning of 1988 I ‘met’ my true love and the singer I’ve worshipped more than any other artist or group. You may know of her. She’s from Australia…! Aside from pop music, my tastes are many and varied and continues to grow and expand as I ‘mature’ in age. I’ve always been heavily interested in films and in particular the mechanics of film making and of course film music, so scores and subsequently orchestral music takes up a lot of my tastes and collection. 90’s dance and club tunes also takes up much of the space in my head and I’m surprised my brain has stopped shaking from the years of abuse it took being dragged to nightclubs, often three times a week in my 20’s! I find with each year that passes I regress back to my youth and of course the 1980’s. 80’s music dominates and the lust to see as many 80’s acts and singers play live now is insatiable. I’m still getting into the groove as much as every breath I take, but I’m never gonna give up listening to my heart and pumping up the volume, simply because I LOVE MUSIC…any kind of music!
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