Cyprus has already announced their representative for the Eurovision Song Contest 2017; Hovig was selected internally and will be off to Kyiv, Ukraine in May.
The song has yet to be chosen; however, we do know that esteemed Eurovision Swedish composer Thomas G:son will be writing the song.
Hovig, full name Hovig Demirjian, previously entered the national selection for Cyprus in 2010 and 2015 where he placed joint third and fourth respectively. It’s not a surprise that Cyprus has chosen someone who has previously entered their national selections; as Minus One, who were their 2016 representative, were the runners-up in the 2015 national selection.
Hovig is a Cypriot performer of Armenian origin. He took part in the second series of The X Factor (Greek Version) and came seventh. Other acts from this series of The X Factor have gone on to perform on the Eurovision stage; sixth place Ivi Adamou represented Cyprus with “La La Love”, whilst 12th place Eleftheria Eleftheriou represented Greece with “Aphrodisiac”, both of whom competed in the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest where they placed 16th and 17th respectively.
Watch this special video of Hovig announcing his participation:
The song he will be singing will be released at a later date. Thomas G:son has written some of the best Eurovision songs, including Loreen’s “Euphoria”. Could Hovig be the winner of Eurovision 2017?
For the time being, look back at his entrant to the national selection for Cyprus 2015, titled “Stone In A River”. He came fourth in the selection process; he certainly has the voice for the contest, but as we know the song is just as important.
Watch Hovig’s music video to “Stone In A River” here:
The Eurovision Song Contest 2017 Semi-Finals will take place on 9 May 2017 and 11 May 2017, with the Grand Final expected to take place on 13 May 2017. The contest will take place in Kyiv after Ukrainian Entrant Jamala won the 2016 Contest with “1944”.
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