Cyprus 2019 first rehearsal
Cyprus 2019 first rehearsal
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Tamta gets to replay Cyprus' Eurovision 2019 entry in first rehearsal

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Tamta has kicked off day one of Eurovision 2019 rehearsals at Expo Tel Aviv as she took to the Eurovision stage with 4 male backing dancers to perform her up-tempo pop anthem 'Replay' live. She sparkles on stage with black boots and a bejewelled shining corset. Tamta will take to the stage as the first participant in the first Semi-Final on Tuesday 14th May at Expo Tel Aviv in Israel.

Cyprus in the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest (© EBU)

Tamta will be trying to build on Cyprus’ recent Eurovision revival with another strong result after Eleni Foureira finished in second place last year, a best ever Eurovision result for Cyprus at the Eurovision Song Contest.

Tamta is a Georgia-born gem who became a Greek music superstar after moving to Athens at the age of 22 and taking second place in Greek Idol. Already considered one of the best singers and dancers in Greece, her performance of Replay is set to take that reputation to a global audience.

READ MORE: Tamta's participant profile.

What happens on stage?

Tamta dazzles at the beginning of her performance with her light blonde bob hair. She is wearing patent leather style full-length boots and heels with matching shiny black jacket. There are contemporary dance moves and some bump and grind for good measure as Tamta interacts well with her 4 male backing dancers dressed in black with wide rimmed black hats. We also have our first costume change of the year as Tamta's dancers rip off her jacket to reveal a fine shining all-in-one bejewelled white corset.

Between song performances, Tamta and her backing vocalists worked on their harmonies to correct in-ear sounds and microphone levels, a really important task that has to be done in the rehearsal setting because the sound and acoustics in the arena can make a difference to sound levels.

There is more than a hint of bringing the official music video to life on stage with clip-back repeats of Tamta's dance moves that work with the word 'replay' on repeat and some of the choreography hinted in the video comes to life on the Tel Aviv stage.

Do you think Cyprus will qualify for the Grand Final this year? Let us know in the comments!

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