Hovig has made two previous attempts at representing Cyprus 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. It was announced on 21 October 2016 that he got chosen to represent Cyprus in the 62nd edition of the Eurovision Song Contest held in Kiev.