Cyprus were one of the first countries to announced their Eurovision artist for 2017. We take a closer look at Hovig. Here are ten things to better acquaint you with the singer.
1. Hovig’s full name is Hovig Demirjian and while he was born in the Cypriot capital of Nicosia, he is of Armenian descent.
2. He studied marketing and worked in business, but quickly gave up in order as he wished to pursue his true passion of being a singer. Hovig can play the guitar and piano and has a particular interest in jazz, having studied it.
3. His first major achievement was placing second in a musical competition in Larnaca, Cyprus’s third largest city.
4. Hovig is sometimes known by his nickname ‘The Music Messenger’.
5. Hovig released his first single in 2009 in the Greek language ‘Den mou milas alithina (Not Really Me Speaking)’
6. Hovig competed in the second series of the Greek version of the X-Factor in 2009. He advanced to the live shows in the Boys (16-24) category and was mentored by Nikos Mouratidis. He covered songs such as Bon Jovi’s ‘You Give Love a Bad Name’ and the Fray’s ‘How to Save A Life’. He finished in seventh place.
7. After his stint on the X-Factor, Hovig release two further Greek language songs ‘Ksana (Again)’ in 2010 and ‘Ekho ya mena (Me for Me)’ in 2013.
8. 2017 is not Hovig’s first attempt at representing Cyprus at Eurovision. In 2010 his song ‘Goodbye’ lost out to John LilyGreen and the Islanders and he finished in third place.
9. In 2015 Hovig returned to the Cypriot national final with ‘Set In Stone’, but again he was unfortunate and this time finished fourth. Instead John Karagiannis went forth to Eurovision with ‘One Thing I Should Have Done’.
10. Hovig has announced that he is working with songwriter Thomas G:Son for his Eurovision Song. G:Son is best known for writing Loreen’s 2012 winning song ‘Euphoria’.
Check out our Youtube playlist of Hovig songs.