FACTOID – In October 2015, Mukuchyan released the single “Simple like a Flower”, along with a music video. In the same month Public Television of Armenia announced that Mukuchyan will represent Armenia at Eurovision Song Contest 2016 in Stockholm, Sweden.
The song “LoveWave”, composed by Lilith Navasardyan and Levon Navasardyan with lyrics by Mukuchyan and Stephanie Crutchfield, was announced as the Armenian entry on 19 February 2016.
Mukuchyan premiered the song along with a music video on 2 March 2016. Mukuchyan also starred alongside Mkrtich Arzumanyan in the adventurous comedy Run Away Or Get Married, which was released in March 2016.
At Eurovision Mukuchyan performed “LoveWave” in position 7 during the first semi-final, where she qualified for the final on 14 May 2016 and performed last in position 26. She finished the contest in 7th place with 249 points.
During the first semi-final on 10 May, Mukuchyan was seen holding the flag of the disputed territory of Nagorno-Karabakh Republic, sparking backlash from the Azeri press.
The EBU and reference group released a statement the following day calling the incident a “serious breach” of its ban on political messages and stating that Armenia’s public broadcaster would face sanctions and that “any further breach of the rules of the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest could lead to disqualification from this year’s event or any successive editions.”
Mukuchyan responded stating: “My thoughts are with my Motherland. I want peace everywhere.” (source: wikipedia.org)