NDR has denied that Iveta Mukuchyan was dropped from the German selection for Eurovision 2021 due to waving the Nagorno-Karabakh flag in 2016.
In the midst of the conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan, Iveta Mukuchyan posted on Instagram that she was rejected from the German selection due to waving the flag of Nagorno-Karabakh during the Eurovision Song Contest 2021. She said that:
I got a call that the press-department said unfortunately the decision came out as rejection, which most likely points to my political move from 2016 by raising awareness about the attack on Kharabagh.
In a statement to ESC Kompakt NDR has denied that the singer was rejected for waving the flag of Nagorno-Karabakh. Instead the broadcaster states that Iveta should not have been contacted in the first place about the German selection in 2021, stating:
For the selection process, digame and the NDR have agreed that Germany should not be represented at the ESC by artists who have already participated in the international competition for another country. Iveta Mukuchyan was mistakenly included in the first selection for 2021 and contacted by digame. With the sole reason that she had already participated in the ESC for Armenia, she was then canceled by digame for the further course of the selection. There was no other reason or a separate agreement with the NDR. Political statements played no role.
Image Source: Andres Putting (EBU) / Source: ESC Kompakt
Germany was one of seven countries to participate in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1956. The country has taken part in every contest since then, apart from in 1996 when they failed to make it through the qualifying round. To date Germany has won the contest twice, the first time being in 1982 when Nicole sang “Ein Bisschen Frieden” in Harrogate, which later became a global hit. Germany didn’t win again until 2010, when Lena sang “Satellite” in Oslo. She received 9 sets of 12 points, scoring 236 points overall.