Since Eurovision 2020 was cancelled, a number of broadcasters have confirmed they will be inviting back their 2020 artists next year. While there’s no word from Australia‘s broadcaster SBS, their 2020 star Montaigne has revealed she would like to return to Eurovision.
Responding to fans on Twitter, Montaigne shared her stance on a return to Eurovision 2021.
hello everyone wondering about my participation in #Eurovision next year. I would really like to do it. really really. a lot. but that’s up to SBS. so pls direct your queries about that to them, what happens isn’t in my hands. alas. ? pic.twitter.com/RQahX291KR
— Montaigne (@actualmontaigne) March 23, 2020
The blue-haired singer wrote “hello everyone wondering about my participation in #Eurovision next year. I would really like to do it. really really. a lot. but that’s up to SBS. so pls direct your queries about that to them, what happens isn’t in my hands. alas.”
Australia’s broadcaster SBS has not commented on their participation in Eurovision 2021 — or how their next act would be selected. While SBS is only an associate member of the EBU, the broadcaster has secured an invitation to compete in Eurovision until at least 2023.
In the past two years, SBS has used its brand new national final Eurovision: Australia Decides to select its act for Eurovision. But given the extraordinary circumstances of Eurovision 2020 being cancelled, fans of Montaigne are wondering if something different might happen for 2021.
It is possible that Montaigne might be internally selected by the broadcaster and then given a national final to select her song for Eurovision. This is similar to those used by Israel and Romania for Eurovision 2020.
Alternatively, Montaigne could be given an automatic place in the 2021 national final. This is what Estonia’s ERR has done, guaranteeing Uku Suviste a place in the Eesti Laul 2021 semi-finals.
Dami Im’s last dance
Australia’s Eurovision 2016 runner-up Dami Im caused a stir in February at the grand final of Australia Decides. There Dami revealed that she was looking to get involved with the 2021 national final. But before she gets stuck into plans for Eurovision, Dami has been keeping herself busy on the dance floor.
Dami has been a contestant on the current Australian series of Dancing With the Stars. She was the sixth act to be eliminated from the contest, narrowly missing out on making the semi-final after Sunday’s show.
Due to Covid-19 precautions, the series has been held without a live audience since last week. One of Dami’s fellow contestants even performed his dance routine from a separate location, having been in lockdown due to the illness of a family member.
But despite Dami’s Dancing journey coming to an end, she still demonstrated to Australia that she’s got the moves.
The Australian pre-party goes online
Australia’s Eurovision fan club ESCFAN – OGAE Australia may have had their live pre-party plans ended, but they’ve now taken the party spirit online.
On Saturday 4th April from 20:00 AEDT (11:00 CET), OGAE Australia will host their official Eurovision 2020 Preview party. It’s free for all OGAE members from any country.
They’re promising “the best Eurovision party music with OGAE Australia VJ Christopher Dean spinning the greatest Eurovision hits plus surprise guests and featuring all the songs of Eurovision 2020.”
If you’re an OGAE member and fancy a late-night — or mid-morning — virtual celebration, see the event registration page for more information.
What do you think? How should Australia choose its act for Eurovision 2021? Should Montaigne get another shot? Tell us your ideas below!