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Tamta

Tamta Goduadze (Georgian: თამთა გოდუაძე; Greek: Τάμτα Γκοντουάτζε, romanized: Támta Gkontouátze; born 10 January 1981), known as simply Tamta, is a Georgian-Greek singer. She first achieved popularity in Greece in 2004 for her participation in Super Idol Greece, in which she placed second. She went on to release several charting albums and singles in Greece (and Cyprus). Tamta became a mentor on X Factor Georgia in 2014, and The X Factor Greece in 2016.

She represented Cyprus in the Eurovision Song Contest 2019 with the song "Replay", finishing in 13th place with 109 points.

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Early life

Tamta Goduadze was born and raised in Georgia, where she started singing at the age of five.[1] When Goduadze was 14, she married her 16-year-old boyfriend and soon gave birth to their daughter Annie.[2] While raising her daughter, she graduated from high school and attended Tbilisi State University.[3] She and her husband divorced after six years of marriage, and Goduadze later left Georgia with their daughter and immigrated to Greece. Goduadze's mother and younger brother had previously immigrated to Greece, where her mother found work as a housekeeper. In Greece, Goduadze settled in Athens, but did not have a residence permit; she made money by assisting her mother as a housekeeper.[4]

Career
2003–2006: Super Idol and beginnings

In 2003, while she was working as a housekeeper in Athens, one of the families Goduadze worked for recommended her to audition for Super Idol, in order to receive a residence permit.[4] She entered the talent show, and subsequently became a finalist. Goduadze went on to place as the show's runner-up, behind winner Stavros Konstantinou. Following her appearance on Super Idol, Goduadze was signed to Greek record label Minos EMI to begin a music career. Her first single "Eisai To Allo Mou Miso" featuring Stavros Konstantinou was released in 2004 and later Goduadze began live appearances with Antonis Remos and Giorgos Dalaras.

In early 2006, released her debut studio album Tamta by MINOS EMI. The same year, Goduadze began live appearances with Thanos Petrelis, Katerina Stanisi and Apostolia Zoi in Apollonas. Also, she received the award "Best New Artist" in Mad Video Music Awards.
2007–2009: Agapise me, soundtracks, and advertising campaign

In January 2007, Hellenic Radio and Television (ERT), announced Goduadze's participation in the Greek national final for the Eurovision Song Contest 2007, competing with the song "With Love". Despite only placing third in the competition, "With Love" still went on to become a widely successful song in Greece, peaking at number-two on the Greek singles. Her second studio album Agapise me was later released on May 16, 2007. The same year, Goduadze performed the soundtrack of the TV series Latremenoi Mou Geitones, "Ela Sto Rhythmo", the soundtrack of LACTA's advertising campaign, "Mia Stigmi Esu Ki Ego" and became ambassador of companies SKECHERS & AVON Cosmetics.

In June 2008, Goduadze stated in an interview that she would like to represent Cyprus in the Eurovision Song Contest 2009.[5] Rumours also stated that the Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation (CyBC) had been in contact with her since May of that year. In response, Greek media outlets also demanded that ERT choose Goduadze to represent Greece in the Eurovision Song Contest 2009, following suspicions of favouritism from Eastern Bloc countries in the Eurovision Song Contest 2008 where Kalomira finished in third place.[6] The rumours ultimately did not materialise and ERT chose Sakis Rouvas for the 2009 Contest.

In early 2009, Goduadze released the single "Koita me" to radios as the first single from her upcoming album.
2010–2013: Tharros i alitheia and Rent

In March 2010, released her third studio album "Tharros I Alitheia". Also, Goduadze released a single with the same name featuring Sakis Rouvas. The same year, released two more singles, "Egoista" featuring Isaias Matiaba and "Fotia". For one season (2010-2011), Goduadze played in the Greek version of the musical Rent. In 2011, Goduadze released two singles: "Zise To Apisteuto" and "Tonight" featuring Claydee & Playmen. The same year, she made live appearances in Thessaloniki with Sakis Rouvas and Eleni Foureira.
In 2012, she released two singles: "Niose Tin Kardia" and "Konta Sou". In 2013, released singles "S' Agapao" and "Pare Me". Also, during the 2013-2014 season, Goduadze made live appearances in Teatro Music Hall Athens with Paola, Pantelis Pantelidis and Stan.
2014–present: The X Factor, Cabaret, Tamta X Attrativo, and Eurovision

In 2014, Tamta released singles "Gennithika Gia Sena" featuring Xenia Ghali and "Den Eimai Oti Nomizeis". The season 2014-2015, she was a judge and mentor in X Factor Georgia. In 2015, Tamta released the single "Unloved" which was intended for the Greek participation in Eurovision Song Contest 2015. In 2016, Tamta released the single "To Kati Parapano". From April 2016 to April 2017, she was a judge and mentor in The X Factor Greece.

Also, in 2017, released singles "Protimo", "Ilious Kai Thalasses" and "More Than A Summer Love" (English version of Ilious Kai Thalasses). The season 2017-2018, Tamta played the role of Sally Bowles in greek version of musical "Cabaret". In early 2018, Tamta did live appearances in BOX Athens with Melisses, DJ Young, Konnie Metaxa & Animando. Later that year, she released singles "Arxes Kalokairiou" with an English version "Tag You In My Sky" and the soundtrack of movie "The Bachelor", "Na Me Pareis Makria". In late 2018, Tamta released her first clothing collection with Atrattivo.

In December 2018, it was revealed that Tamta would represent Cyprus in the Eurovision Song Contest 2019 with the song "Replay".[7] Tamta had previously been offered the chance to represent Cyprus in the Eurovision Song Contest 2018 with the song "Fuego", but declined the offer due to scheduling issues.[8] Greek singer Eleni Foureira went on to represent the country instead, placing second in the competition, Cyprus' best result of all-time. Both songs were written by Greek-Swedish songwriter Alex P.[9] The music video was released on March 5, 2019.
Discography

Studio albums

Title Details
Tamta
  • Released: 2006
  • Label: EMI
Agapise Me
  • Released: 16 May 2007
  • Label: EMI
Tharros I Alitheia
  • Released: 2010
  • Label: EMI

Compilation albums

Title Details
Best of Tamta
  • Released: 2017
  • Label: EMI
  • Format: Digital download, CD

Singles
As lead artist

Title Year Peak chart positions Album
GRE
[2]
SWE
[3]
"T' Allo Mou Miso"
(with Stavros Konstantinou)
2004 Non-album single
"Ftais (Faraway)" 2006 Tamta
"Den Telionei Etsi I Agapi"
"Einai Krima"
(with Grigoris Petrakos)
"With Love" 2007 2 Agapise Me
"Agapise Me"
"Relax, Take It Easy / Agapise Me (MAD Version)"
"Agapo (Wanna Play)"
(featuring Akis Deiximos)
"Mia Stigmi Esi Ki Ego"
"Ela Sto Rhythmo" 2008
"Koita Me" 2009 15 Tharros I Alitheia
"Tharros I Alitheia"
(featuring Sakis Rouvas)
"Egoista"
(featuring Isaias Matiaba)
2010
"Fotia"
"Zise To Apistefto (Oblivion)" 2011 6 Best of Tamta
"Niose Tin Kardia" 2012
"Koda Sou" Non-album single
"Pare Me" 2013 8 Best of Tamta
"Gennithika Gia Sena"
(featuring Xenia Ghali)
2014 5[4]
"Always Broken"
(featuring Xenia Ghali)
"Gennithika Gia Sena (Unplugged)"
(featuring Xenia Ghali)
Non-album singles
"Den Ime O,ti Nomizis" 2015
"Unloved" 27 Best of Tamta
"To Kati Parapano" 2016
"Protimo" 2017
"Ilious Ke Thalasses" 5
"More Than A Summer Love"
"Pes mou an tolmas" 2018 Non-album singles
"Arhes Kalokairiou"
"Tag You In My Sky"
"Na Me Pareis Makria" 59
"Replay" 2019 2 72
[5]
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released.


As featured artist

Title Year Album
"Tornero/Tromero (MAD Version)"
(Mihai Traistariu featuring Tamta)
2006 Tamta
"S' Opoion Aresei (...Dan Sonra)"
(Stereo Mike featuring Tamta)
2008 Tharros I Alitheia
"Tonight"
(Playmen & Claydee Lupa featuring Tamta)
2011 Best of Tamta
"S' Agapao"
(Midenistis featuring Tamta)
2013

Music videos
Year Title
2004 "T' Allo Mou Miso"
(featuring Stavros Konstantinou)
2006 "Ftais (Faraway)"
2006 "Den Teleionei Etsi I Agapi"
2006 "Einai Krima"
(featuring Grigoris Petrakos)
2007 "Agapise Me"
2007 "Agapo (Wanna Play)"
2007 "Mia Stigmi Esy Kai Ego"
2008 "Ela Sto Rythmo"
2009 "Koita Me"
2010 "Tharros I Alithia"
(featuring Sakis Rouvas)
2010 "Fotia"
2011 "Tonight"
(featuring Playmen)
2012 "Niose Tin Kardia"
2012 "Konta Sou"
2013 "Pare Me"
2013 "S' Agapao"
(featuring Midenistis)
2014 "Gennithika Gia Sena"
(featuring Xenia Ghali)
2015 "Den Ime O,ti Nomizis"
2015 "Unloved"
2017 "Ilious Kai Thalasses"
2018 "Pes Mou An Tolmas"
2018 "Arhes Kalokairiou"
2018 "Na Me Pareis Makria"
2019 "Replay"


References

Groot, Evert. "Tamta hits the play button on 'Replay' for Cyprus". European Broadcasting Union. Retrieved 5 March 2019.
IFPI Digital Singles Chart Greece
"Discography Tamta". swedishcharts.com. Retrieved 24 May 2019.
"IFPI Greece archive". Archived from the original on 2014-06-08. Retrieved 2014-06-08.
"Discography Tamta". swedishcharts.com. Retrieved 24 May 2019.


Filmography

Television
Year Title Role Notes
2003–2004 Super Idol Herself Season 1 - Contestant - 2nd place
2007 Greece in the Eurovision Song Contest 2007 Herself Contestant - 3rd place
2010 I Polykatoikia Singer Season 3 - Guest star
2011 MadWalk - The Fashion Music Project Herself Hostess with Vicky Kaya
2014–2015, 2018 X Factor Herself Georgian edition - Season 1-2,5 - Judge/Mentor
2016–2017 X Factor Herself Greek edition - Season 4-5 - Judge/Mentor
2018 Project Runway Herself Greek edition - Season 1 - Guest Judge
2019 Eurovision Song Contest 2019 Herself Contestant - 13th place
Theater
Year Title Role Notes
2010–2011 Rent Mimi Sfentona Theater
2018 Cabaret Sally Bowles Pallas Theater
Film
Year Title Role Notes
2006 Arthur and the Minimoys Princess Selenia (voice) Greek version of the movie


References

Floras, Stella (2007-03-25). "The Greek finalists speak to esctoday!". ESCToday. Retrieved 2008-08-08.
"Τάμτα: Αποκαλύπτει την ηλικία της, μιλά για τη σχέση που έχει με την κόρη της και το ιδιαίτερο στιλ της! [pics]" (in Greek). TLife. 25 December 2018.
Karnakis, Kostas (21 December 2018). "Eίναι επίσημο! Η Τάμτα στην Eurovision με την Κύπρο (BINTEO&ΦΩΤΟ)" (in Greek). Alpha News.
"Τάμτα: Η απαγωγή και ο γάμος" (in Greek). 23 October 2015.
"Tamta wants to represent Cyprus in 2009 Eurovision". Archived from the original on 2008-08-01. Oikotimes, June 2, 2008. Retrieved on June 3, 2008
"Media furious with Stockselius comments; Tamta to rescue". Oikotimes, May 26, 2008. Retrieved on June 3, 2008
Halpin, Chris (21 December 2018). "Hit "Replay"! Tamta will represent Cyprus at Eurovision 2019". Wiwibloggs.
Farren, Neil (1 February 2018). "Cyprus: Eleni Foureira Officially Confirmed for Eurovision 2018". Eurovoix.

Granger, Anthony (3 December 2018). "Cyprus: Alex P Confirmed as Composer of Eurovision 2019 Entry". Eurovoix.

External links

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