Earlier this year she won Australia‘s national final and was set to go to Eurovision 2020 with “Don’t Break Me”. Now Montaigne will get another shot at Eurovision, as broadcaster SBS has announced that the blue-haired singer has been internally selected for Eurovision 2021.
SBS confirmed the news this evening. Montaigne shared her excitement, saying, “I’m so happy to receive this good news during such times. At home, we’ve started this ritual of cracking open a fortune cookie daily and reading our fortunes to each other and I got one that read, ‘You will be sharing great news with all the people you love.’ I’m so glad it came true!”
Following the cancellation of Eurovision 2020, Montaigne had expressed her sadness at the end of the Rotterdam contest, but said she would like to return to Eurovision 2021. In a now-deleted tweet, Montaigne wrote, “I would really like to do it. really really. a lot. but that’s up to SBS.”
Farewell to ‘Eurovision – Australia Decides’ 2021
But Montaigne’s internal selection means we won’t be seeing a 2021 edition of Australia’s new national final Eurovision – Australia Decides.
However, Australia Decides creative director (and former Head of Delegation) Paul Clarke says this isn’t intended to be the end of the national final. He explained that SBS plans to bring the contest back in 2022, adding, “To our music community, we say – write the perfect Eurovision song! We have every intention of bringing the show back to the Gold Coast in 2022 bigger and better than ever.”
SBS Commissioning Editor and new Head of Delegation Josh Martin explained the reasons behind going internal for one year:
“Although SBS and fans alike will miss Eurovision – Australia Decides 2021, this will honour Australia’s decision and give Montaigne the chance to show the world what we already know – that she is an incredibly talented, exciting and original artist. Our focus will now shift to a new song for 2021 and Montaigne is not wasting a moment of this period of isolation with many new ideas already on the table!”
The cancellation of Eurovision – Australia Decides also means that Dami Im — who had vowed to be part of the 2021 contest — will have to wait another year before attempting a Eurovision comeback. Neither Dami — nor any other acts — had been confirmed for a potential 2021 edition of the national final.
— SBS Eurovision (@SBSEurovision) April 1, 2020
Eurovision 2021: Confirmed artists from ESC2020
At the time of publication, Montaigne is the 13th confirmed artist for Eurovision 2021. Like Ukraine, Australia is ditching its national final and will turn to internal selection for 2021.
- Australia – Montaigne (confirmed 2 April)
- Austria – Vincent Bueno (confirmed 26 March)
- Azerbaijan – Efendi (confirmed 20 March)
- Belgium – Hooverphonic (confirmed 20 March)
- Bulgaria – Victoria (confirmed 21 March)
- Georgia – Tornike Kipiani (confirmed 21 March)
- Greece – Stefania (confirmed 18 March)
- Israel – Eden Alene (confirmed 22 March)
- Netherlands – Jeangu Macrooy (confirmed 18 March)
- Romania – Roxen (confirmed 31 March)
- Spain – Blas Cantó (confirmed 18 March)
- Switzerland – Gjon’s Tears (confirmed 20 March)
- Ukraine – Go_A (confirmed 18 March)
SBS has also confirmed that they are “exploring alternative Eurovision programming” for 2020. The broadcaster says it aims to “help unite and entertain audiences during these challenging times”. SBS will announce their plans soon.
What do you think? Are you excited that Montaigne has been internally selected for Eurovision 2021? And are you sad that we won’t get a national final in 2021? Tell us your thoughts below!