Today we take a dip in the Mediterranean as we go to the country of Aphrodite, pristine beaches and administrative division nightmares. It’s Cyprus!!!
Cyprus first took part in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1981. They will make their thirty-fourth appearance in the contest this year. Their best result to date is fifth place, which they have achieved three times: in 1982 with “Mono I Agapi” by Anna Vissi, in 1997 with “Mana Mou” by Hara and Andreas Constantinnou and in 2004 with “Stronger Every Minute” by Lisa Andreas. Last year, Minus One came 21st in the final with “Alter Ego”.
The Cypriot broadcaster, Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation (CyBC), internally selected both the artist and song. Hovig was chosen as the Cypriot entrant for Kyiv.
Hovig Demirijan, known better as Hovig, was born on January 3rd 1989 in Nicosia and is of Armenian descent. He originally studied Marketing in university but eventually dropped out to study Jazz at the European University of Nicosia. In 2009, he took part in the second series of the The X Factor Greece and finished seventh overall. He tried to represent Cyprus on two occasions. In 2010, he placed third in the national selection with “Goodbye” and in 2015, he came fourth with “Stone in a River”. Hovig’s entry for the contest, “Gravity” was written and composed by Thomas G:son, who has written 13 Eurovision entries for various countries, including the 2012 winner “Euphoria”.
Cyprus have really stepped up their game the last few years. This has shades of “Human” by Rag’n’Bone Man and is contemporary and intriguing with its syncopated beats and deep electro beats in the chorus. The production sounds polished, no doubt thanks to the Swedish involvment and if the performance is anything like what we saw in the music video, Cyprus should be going straight to the final once more
What Could Have Been
The X Factor Greece has launched the careers of many Cypriot artists, some of whom went on to participate in Eurovision, such as Ivi Adamou (Cyprus 2012), Eleftheria Eleftheriou (Greece 2012) and Loukas Giorkas (Greece 2011). Another artist that could do well in Eurovision is Nikolas Metaxas (or just plain old Metaxas). He finished second in the first series of the show and was just pipped to the post in the Cypriot national final in 2008. His sister, Christina, represented Cyprus the following year with “Firefly”, a song which he wrote. With something like his haunting track “Selene”, Cyprus could claim their ever elusive first victory in the contest.
Καλοτυχία Κύπρος! Iyi şanslar Kıbrıs!
Will Hovig defy gravity or be pulled back down to Earth? Leave your comments below. Stay tuned tomorrow for another Eurovision preview!
(Sources: eurovision.tv, CyBC, YouTube)