Cyprus’ entrant for Eurovision 2019 on Tuesday night secured a place in the final, to be held on Saturday night in Israel.
Tamta gave a lively performance of the song Replay written by Greek-Swedish songwriter Alex Papaconstantinou, during which backers dancers even pulled off her outer outift.
Popstar, Tamta is Georgian and Greek having moved to Greece after her mother immigrated with her younger brother.
The popstar was married in Georgia at 14 to her 16-year-old boyfriend, with whom she had a daughter, Annie. Tamta and her husband divorced after six years of marriage, during which she raised her child and finished high school.
Tamta moved to Athens, where she worked as a housekeeper alongside her mother, and later entered a talent competition in Greece.
She was runner-up in 2003’s season of Super Idol. Tamta was subsequently signed to a record label in Greece and began her career.