‘I Want Peace,” Says Armenia’s Eurovision Rep. Iveta Mukuchyan

Iveta Mukuchyan displays the Artsakh flag during a Eurovision press conference
Iveta Mukuchyan displays the Artsakh flag during a Eurovision press conference

Iveta Mukuchyan displays the Artsakh flag during a Eurovision press conference

STOCKHOLM—Armenia’s representative to the Eurovision Song Contest, Iveta Mukuchyan, who was holding a flag of Artsakh after securing a spot in Saturday’s finale, said all she wanted was “peace on the borders,” after being asked about the flag.

A slight controversy erupted last week, when a “Eurovision Code of Conduct” was published by the stadium hosting the event, by which certain flags were banned from being displayed. The flag of the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic was among other flags, such as the Palestinian Territory, that was banned.

This created quite an uproar on social media, forcing the venue to rethink its “code” and allowing the said flags to the ceremony.


Muckuchyan during the press conference

“What Armenia wants is just peace,” Mukuchyan told reporters at the Winners’ press conference on Tuesday when a reporter asked about her Artsakh flag.

“My heart, my thoughts, my feelings and my emotions are with my Motherland. I just want peace on the borders. Armenia wants just peace. That’s why I wrote this song. I just want to spread loves,” Mukuchyan continued.

“I put up the flag because I want people to concentrate on that. I just want peace in this world,” she added.

Speaking about the contest, Mukuchyan said: “You always dream of this situation, and then suddenly it’s reality! Everyone told me that I would make it but when you sit there you cannot believe that it is actually happening. But the whole thing was just too short – only three minutes! That was what I thought.”

“I never take anything for granted, and that’s why I feel like this right now. When I get old, I wanna remember everything of this situation, I am really thankful for everyone who made this happen,” added the singer.

On May 10, 18 countries competed for 10 places in the Grand Final.

Contestants from both Armenia and Azerbaijan qualified for the Eurovision final on Saturday together with Russia, the Netherlands, Hungary, Croatia, Austria, the Czech Republic, Cyprus and Malta.

Professional juries in each of the participating countries, as well as in Sweden, France and Spain, voted during yesterday’s dress rehearsal. They accounted for 50% of the overall total.

On May 11, the remaining 50% of the votes were decided by the public televote in the same 21 countries. These votes were added to those of the juries to determine the ten countries that qualified for the Grand Final on Saturday the 14th of May.

Mukuchyan will perform during the second half of the Grand Finale on Saturday.


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  1. Raffi said:

    It was curious how during the contest, the cameraman was showing different contestents from different countries as Azerbaijanis, here again it seems Azerbaijan’s money is in action,

  2. Archer Hjort said:

    Spreading the love in Australia … Iveta has many fans here! She must come and visit us!

  3. Jessica said:

    I love her. Much respect to Iveta for representing the Artsakh flag and calling out for peace. Good luck dear!! let’s clinch that #1 Spot!

  4. Avodamam said:

    It came off as very contradictory for her to say she “just wants peace” after waving a such controversial flag in a clear sign of provocation. If anything, she is achieving the opposite of peace, she’s fanning the flames of conflict.

  5. Marina said:

    Great job Ivet!! Beautiful song and amazing performance!!! Respect from New Yorkers!!

  6. adrine said:

    don’t know this lady, however, she is absolutely correct about Artshakh. There is no such place as Azerbajian.
    There is no place such as Turkey.
    All that land is occupied Armenia. Why don’t my fellow Armenians research who we really are.
    According to the Table of Nations, we are Japeth. We were the first on this beautiful planet, we call Earth.
    We are an ancient civilization and that is why we are systematically still being slaughtered today by
    Muslims, fake jews, etc. We are the real Jews, the chosen ones. A real jew is nothing like the fake jews who
    live everywhere and hi-jack us by killing us and rewriting history. We were originally called Aramazd.
    It is an honor to be a part of this bloodline. When Christ walked our earth, we accepted him and became
    a Christian nation. Is anyone really surprised at the ferocity of our enemies trying to wipe us off the face of the
    earth? They will NEVER be able to do this again to us if Armenians gain knowledge of who we all are and
    give glory to our God and we will be spared.