The 27-year-old Cypriot of Armenian heritage — who goes by the stage name Hovig — will perform a song written by the Swedish Eurovision maestro Thomas G:Son. This won’t be the first time G:Son has worked with Cyprus — he co-wrote Minus One’s 2016 entry “Alter Ego”. Hovig’s song for Kyiv will be released at a later date.
Hovig was a contestant on The X Factor Greece in 2009, the same year as Ivi Adamou. Over the series, he demonstrated himself as a versatile performer with strong rock vocals, able to deliver upbeat songs as well as emotional ballads, in both English and in Greek. He eventually placed seventh on the show.
Hovig has made two previous attempts at representing his country at Eurovision. In 2010, he made it to the national final with his upbeat dance number “Goodbye”, which placed third-equal.
In 2015, Hovig competed in the Cyprus national final The Eurovision Song Project, with his song “Stone in a River”. He eventually placed fourth, but given that runners-up Minus One had their chance at Eurovision the year after, perhaps it’s no surprise that CyBC are drawing on the talent pool of the 2015 national final.
Following yesterday’s leak of Hovig’s name, wiwibloggs readers weighed in on the news, with mixed opinions:
Mario = Legend: “He was my favourite on 2015. How only fourth? Would be great choice.”
mocosuburbian: “okay I appreciated ‘Stone in a River,’ but not thaaaaat much. i feel cyprus is going to regret this”
ROMANIA: “if this news is true will be good choice for Cyprus , this singer is not bad , so Cyprus can make ESC Final again”
ct_greece: “A very boring choice if true, in line with Cyprus’ limited ambitions of squeaking into the final and nothing more (and even that may be a little too ambitious for Hovig).”
Cyprus’ best result in the past decade was Ivi Adamou whose “La La Love” placed 16th in 2012. In other years, when Cyprus has qualified for the final, it has placed down the bottom end of the scoreboard.
What do you think? Is Hovig a good choice for Cyprus? Can he give Cyprus a good result? Share your thoughts below!