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Cyprus becomes the first country to reveal its representative for the Eurovision Song Contest as Hovig attempts to take the country’s first victory, 35 years after their debut.

There’s a good chance you’ll recognise this young man, Hovig is well known in Cyprus and has in fact tried to represent the nation previously on two occasions in 2010 and 2015, most recently with ‘Stone in a River’.

Though of Armenian origin, Hovig does live in Cyprus and has participated in the Greek X Factor and is therefore known across the region.

In Stockholm earlier this year Cyprus finished in 21st place with the song ‘Alter Ego’ performed by Minus One. The song was penned by Sweden’s Thomas G:Son, the man behind seventy-five Eurovision national final entries (forty-three of which were for Sweden) and the 2012 winning song ‘Euphoria’. In an interview with SAS earlier this year G:Son advised “the trick is not to think, or to try not to think about not thinking” when discussing his tips on how to write an international hit.

Although this was G:Son’s first time behind the Cypriot entry, the south European island has appeared in thirty-three contests and twenty-seven finals; their best results in 1982, 1997, and 2004 when the country finished fifth place. Cyprus first participated in 1981 with the group Island performing ‘Monika’.

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