The 2019 Cypriot Eurovision hopeful, Tamta, flew to Israel earlier this week in order to film her Eurovision postcard. She visited Tel Aviv and Eilat and was interviewed on KAN’s evening news bulletin last night where she shed more light on her upcoming Eurovision venture.
Tamta travelled to Israel this week to film her Eurovision postcard. She rehearsed in Tel Aviv and went on to Eilat to film her postcard.
This year’s Eurovision postcard concept and theme is Dancing Israel. We will see the 41 competing acts dancing with a troupe of dancers in different locations throughout Israel. The postcards will showcase the sights and sounds of the 2019 Eurovision host country.
Many of this year’s Eurovision acts have already visited Israel in order to film their respective Eurovision postcards: Miki (Spain), Bilal Hassani (France), Luca Haenni (Switzerland), Roko (Croatia), Elliot (Belgium), Joci Papai (Hungary), Oto Nemsadze (Georgia) etc.
You can check Tamta rehearsing for her Eurovision postcard in the tweet below:
📺 And one, two, three and 4!’
— KAN Eurovision Israel (@kaneurovision) March 11, 2019
The interview on KAN 11
KAN’s Shani Nachshony Zintchenko got a chance to meet up with Tamta in Tel Aviv and have a tête à tête with the Cypriot hopeful. In the interview Tamta speaks about her trip to Israel, Eurovision postcard and her forthcoming Eurovision venture.
Tamta tells Shani that she’s really excited to partake in Eurovision as the competition has been around her for many years. When asked about her expectations in the contest and if she feels pressure following Cyprus’ second placing in the contest last year, Tamta says shes happy to be part of Eurovision and wants to enjoy the experience and she feels no pressure!
She goes on to speak about her Eurovision entry Replay, saying that it is a is a pop song and she wants the people to enjoy it!
When asked about the comparison between Fuego and Replay and any possible similarities, Tamta responds that Replay as a melody and as a song has nothing to do with Fuego, but even if it had something to do Fuego she thinks it’s a great song and she’s fine with it!
The Georgian born artist mentions that she was born and raised in Georgia and moved to Greece when she was 21 years old. She says Greece and Cyprus are the same for her.
Tamta went to Eilat to film her postcard and got to experience several places in the city, one of them was Eilat’s Aquarium where she got to see the sharks!
To conclude Tamta tells Shani that she is very happy to be Israel and feels very much at home in the country, she’s looking forward to return in May!
Tamta is amongst the most sought after artists in Greece today having released released numerous albums and singles throughout her career.
The Georgian-born Greek artist attempted to partake at the Eurovision Song Contest in 2007 when she competed at the Greek national final with her entry With love. Then in 2015 she tried to go to Eurovision again but was not able to compete in the Greek national final as she missed the submission deadline reportedly with Alex P’s Unloved.
The Athens based star was selected via an internal selection in order to fly the Cypriot flag at the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest in Tel Aviv with her entry Replay.
Tamta’s Eurovision entry has been composed by none other than Alex Papaconstatinou, whilst Sacha Jean-Baptiste will be responsible for her staging in Tel Aviv.
Cyprus in Eurovision
Cyprus debuted at the Eurovision Song Contest in 1981 with the group Island, achieving an honorable 6th placing in Dublin.
Aphrodite’s island has been represented by some of the biggest names in the Greek and Cypriot music industry: Anna Vissi (1982), Michalis Hatzigiannis (1998), Evridiki (1992,1994,2007), Ivi Adamou (2012), Despina Olympiou (2013), etc.
The country achieved its best Eurovision result this year when it placed 2nd with Eleni Foureira’s Fuego. The Athens-based mega-star was selected internally to fly the Cypriot flag at the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest in Lisbon. Eleni made Cyprus proud with her magnificent and dazzling performance at the Altice Arena.
In 2019 Tamta will defend the Cypriot colours at the Eurovision Song Contest with he entry Replay. Cyprus is set to compete in the first half of the First Semi-final of the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest on 14 May in Tel Aviv, Israel.