CYPRUS – Each it seems that a delegation causes hysteria on the web. Following the surprise surge of Azerbaijan in the betting odds, and yesterday’s political statement of oTO from Georgia, today it was the turn of Cyprus to cause frenetic reactions.
to be honest tamta screwed up tamtas sound https://t.co/flv4cqs6Yb
— M. 🇮🇹 🇮🇸 🇦🇿 (@Maatkara_) May 9, 2019
Following this morning’s rehearsal everyone realised that the official video was extremely delayed. We were kinda suspicious of what’s going on until the official EBU video was given to the public. The video cmntaint 30 seconds of the camera work as we will see it on May 14th.
— Andria🕊 (@AndriaGeorgeou) May 9, 2019
It was clear that Tamta’s vocals were extremely bad and the backing vocalists were singing in another tone.
Twitter reacted immediately (some of the English samples given below) with most Eurofans praying that it was early in the morning for her to sing properly or that she is saving her voice for the semi final.
Replay is a bop but that rehearsal clip was a disaster. Come on Tamta, you can do so much better.
— spoink (@lemar_chal) May 9, 2019
The truth though is that the stage presentation was not much appreciated as well. Even the famous nordic music portal Scandipop mocked the Cypriot rehearsal (having in mind that behind the song and the stage presentation are Swedish members).
Today I learned that the Spanish word for fireworks is 'fuegos artificiales'. This was in a tweet critiquing Tamta's 'Replay' rehearsal.
— scandipop (@scandipop) May 9, 2019
Earlier this afternoon CyBC called EBU for an extra emergency rehearsal which was granted. In a statement through the social media, Cypriot broadcasting corporation explained:
A technical sound issue arose whereby the balance between the microphones that was set during the in-ear rehearsal was not adhered to. The delegation submitted a request for a new in-ear and sound check which was granted and took place today at noon. The issues that arose were there and then corrected.
I think Tamta sounds fine but truth be told…I think she’s saving her vocals for next week
— DarkGaga #TeamYvie #TeamBrookeLynn ♥️❌ (@H5rre61) May 9, 2019
It is not the first time EBU slows emergency rehearsals especially when there is big problem with a delegation. Have also in mind that aside good rankings in the semi final odds, Cyprus predictions for the trophy fall every day.
Some even question whether she can make it to the final…. although we count it (at the moment)