Hovig, who is a Cypriot performer of Armenian origin, was selected internally by Cypriot broadcaster, CyBC, which also confirmed its participation in the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest.

Hovig is 27 years old and participated in X Factor Greece in 2009, the same year that Ivi Adamou, Cyprus’ representative in Eurovision 2012, took part.

Last year Minus One represented Cyprus in Stockholm with the song Alter Ego, which qualified for the final, and was also written by Thomas G:son. The composer has been responsible for several Eurovision Song Contest entries including Euphoria, Loreen’s winning song for Sweden in 2012. He has also composed entries for Georgia, Spain and Denmark as well as two Swedish entries for the Junior Eurovision Song Contest.

Hovig’s song for the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest will be released at a later date. He participated in the Cypriot national selection in both 2010 and 2015.