Cyprus - Michele Acott

Twenty eight-year-old Hovig Demirjian (better known as Hovig) was born in Cyprus but is of Armenian origin and will be representing Cyprus in Eurovision 2017.

In 2009, Hovig participated in X Factor Greece and finished seventh.

After X Factor, he developed a solo music career and released a number a Greek-language songs and toured internationally.

His first single “Den mou milas alithina" was released in 2009.

Hovig has previously competed to represent Cyrus at Eurovision. He placed third in 2010 and fourth with the following song, “Stone in a River”, in 2015.

As you can see, Hovig has a great voice and certainly looks the part. I’ve been listening to his songs while I’ve been writing this article and I quite like his voice. I hope he does well this year.

Hovig will be collaborating with Swedish song writer Thomas G:son to produce a song for the contest. Thomas G:son wrote the Eurovision song “Alter Ego” for Minus One last year and co-wrote Loreen’s “Euphoria” in 2012.

 Since then he’s been a Eurovision regular, often collaborating with entries for Cyprus, Georgia and Spain.

In 2015, he co-wrote Edurne’s song “Amanecer”. While it was a favourite with Spanish fans, the song disappointingly placed only 21st. He had better luck that same year with Georgia’s Nina Sublatti. His revamped version of her oximated song “Warrior” placed 11th in the grand final.

As yet, no song has been announced, but it is expected to be announced late February – I have high hopes!