The Xtra Files 2019: We review Cyprus’ ‘Replay’ by Tamta

Welcome to The Xtra Files, our new series which will give you an insight into what the team at ESCXTRA think of your favourite entries into this year’s contest! Today, we review Cyprus.

Now that all the songs have been released, we are able to review each and every one of them. Our honest and brutal reviews will keep you entertained until the rehearsals start on 5 May! We will also each give a score out of 10 for every entry, and create an ESCXTRA leaderboard of the entries!

The series begins today, with reviews of the Cypriot entry, ‘Replay’ by Tamta, from Costa, Emanuel, Hlynur, Nathan W, Nick and Rodrigo. Let’s get started!


The Reviews


As a life-long supporter of Cyprus at the contest, I would be lying if I didn’t say I would rather they sent something entirely different to “Fuego”. However, as a life-long supporter of BOPS, I’d be lying if I said I haven’t been getting my life to this basic banger from the moment it dropped. As a studio cut, this is fun, crisp and insanely catchy. The deal-breaker here will be seeing if they come up with an original and boundary-pushing stage show, or give us more [yeah yeah] fire and call it a day. This won’t win the contest, but top 10 is on the table if they take some risks with the staging.


This song doesn’t enter my top five yet but neither did Eleni before the show and then ended up being my winner. Tamta has better songs but “Replay” does the job perfectly. People say it is too generic, but I won’t complain about it. I just think it is good for its genre, and songs like this are needed in the contest. Either you like them or not. If they stage this well, and they will, it will bring another good result to Cyprus. Not as good as last year but hey, you’re on the right way. If they keep doing this good job they can take Eurovision to the sunny island in a near future.


I was so excited to hear that Tamta would be taking part at Eurovision. Because long ago I was told she was my celeb look-a-like (I had less of a beard then) and through that got to know her music. And weirdly enough I used to listen to her songs on replay. I think Tamta will do great on stage in Tel Aviv because she is an incredible performer. I like the song and it is in my top 10 this year. People say it’s a copy of last year, but I do not really agree. Yes, you can hear they are both made by the same composer. You can see that the composer is true to himself, that is good right? However, I think Tamta will bring a different element to the performance than Eleni which will be interesting to see on stage.

Nathan W

I don’t subscribe to the fact this is Fuego 2.0, the same as Switzerland is not Despacito 2.0. At their construction, of course they’re similar because they’re in the same genre. However, at a musical level, Replay is sufficiently different to Fuego but almost as good. This is Cyprus really establishing themselves as a contender for a Eurovision crown whilst they continue to select strong, contemporary uptempo pop entries. Tamta has enough live performance experience to be able to nail this on stage in Tel Aviv and I cannot wait to see how it will look at Eurovision!


Those of you who are calling this Fuego 2.0: Be quiet. Pop songs with Latin influences do follow trends. It’s called a style or a genre. Cyprus have hired the same composer as last year and that shows. He delivers quality. Besides, you can’t fix something that ain’t broken. Cyprus have found a recipe that showcases them brilliantly in Eurovision. Keep up the good work! Tamta’s an established artist who knows what she’s doing and had a desire to compete for a while now, so she can bring us that party! Let Greece be credible so you can be incredible. Who’s up for Ayia Napa 2020? I sure am.


Thank you Cyprus for trying hard. Yes, Replay is somewhat similar to Fuego (genre, anyone?) but it’s sufficiently distinctive and has a fantastic character of its own. This hooked me from the first listen and I’ve had days where this is on replay for a fair few hours (see what I did there, genius with words!). I expect the staging to be first-class and Tamta to deliver like the established pro that she is, so we should see Cyprus doing really well in Tel Aviv. And, if nothing else, we have the banger of the year courtesy of Cyprus, and who has ever said that a slut-drop-enabling song was ever a bad thing…


Costa8.5Nathan P10Simon5
Dan8.5Nathan W10Tim9.5
Dominik6Nick9.5Tom O9.5
Emanuel9Oliver7Tom R10

Therefore, the average score for Cyprus is 8.26.


Cyprus flies into 1st place in our leaderboard with a score of 8.26.

  1. Cyprus – 8.26
  2. Norway – 6.96
  3. Slovenia – 6.63
  4. Ireland – 6.17
  5. France – 5.74
  6. Lithuania – 4.78
  7. Australia – 4.65

Tomorrow, it will be the turn of Montenegro to be reviewed.

Do you agree with our reviews of Cyprus? What are your thoughts on Replay?

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Luke Malam

I've watched Eurovision for as long as I can remember, but my interest really built in 2008, after I decided to watch the semifinals online, out of boredom, before the final...I was blown away by the quality of the show and have been hooked ever since! I'm a competitive trampolinist and I love baking. I've also just completed a master's degree in Research Methods in Psychology at University College London.
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