Hovig, who represents Cyprus at the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest with the song Gravity, has been dreaming about taking part in the contest since he was a kid. Now that dream is about to come true, as he rehearsed his act on the Eurovision stage for the first time.
We couldn't help but notice Hovig's big smile as he arrived at the venue earlier today. "I am very positive about today and feel very exciting to be here. We have been practicing for such a long time," Hovig said to Eurovision.tv as he made his way to his dressing room.
A true Eurovision fan
Hovig has been a fan of Eurovision Song Contest for a long time and feels very honored to have been given the chance to represent Cyprus this year: "I have watched it since I was a little kid. When I got older it became a goal. Now I am happy and proud to be here and accomplish that goal," he said.
Before his first rehearsal, Hovig felt that he mostly wanted to have a lot of fun with his dancers and do his best. But at the same time he couldn’t hide his desire to finally perform the song on stage. "We have some surprises for the audience. But for now we will keep them as surprises."
The message of Gravity is subtly hidden in the choreography and visuals for the act. At the beginning of the act, a clear line appears on the stage floor: "My song is about inviting to your life the person who keeps you on the right path. That's also the purpose of the line on stage," Hovig said.
Later on during the act, Hovig gets pushed around by his dancers. In case you were wondering about the meaning of those moves — there isn't: "That's just because my dancers like to push me around," Hovig says and laughs.
Hovig has fully embraced his family, his team and the fans: ”They show me so much love. I think that is the best thing right now."
Hovig's next rehearsal is scheduled for Thursday, 4th of May. Cyprus will take part in the first Semi-Final on Tuesday, 9th of May.