Hovig has given out the first of a number of hints as to the title of his entry for the 62nd edition of the Eurovision Song Contest.
Hovig the Cypriot entry in the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 has given his first hint regarding the title of the song he will be performing in Kyiv. The past week has seen Hovig travel to Stockholm, Sweden to record his entry alongside Thomas G:son. This is the second year in a row that Cyprus has opted to have their Eurovision entry produced by the composer. Thomas G:son is most well-known for his winning Eurovision song “Euphoria”, he has also worked on Eurovision entries for Spain, Georgia and Cyprus over the past five years.
Hovig was internally selected to represent Cyprus in Kyiv, Ukraine. He is well-known in Cyprus and has tried to represent the nation in 2010 and 2015, most recently with ‘Stone in a River’. Hovig is of Armenian heritage but lives in Cyprus and has competed in the X Factor Greece where he finished 7th in the second series. Other former X Factor Greece participants to go on to compete in Eurovision are Ivi Adamou (Cyprus 2012), Eleftheria Eleftheriou (Greece 2012) as well as Loukas Giorkas (Greece 2011).
Hovig began promoting himself ahead of this years Eurovision Song Contest in December. Just before the New Year, Hovig traveled to Armenia to perform in the final of Depi Evratesil. At the final he performed his national final entry from 2015, “Stone in a River”.
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Cyprus debuted in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1981. Cyprus’ best result in the contest came in the form of three fifth place finishes. Their highest points finish came in 2004 when Lisa Andreas performed “Stronger Every Minute” in Istanbul, Turkey. She finished 5th in the final scoring 170 points, this included 12 points from Greece. Cyprus withdrew from the Eurovision Song Contest in 2014 due to financial difficulties but returned again in 2015 where they were represented by John Karagiannis.