After Montaigne was internally selected to represent Australia at Eurovision 2021, she’s been dropping hints about the musical alchemy she has brewing for Rotterdam. But recently, Montaigne has revealed the title of a potential entry — and talked about the unusual theme of the song.
Montaigne dropped the news in an appearance on the Dragon Friends live Twitch stream. While Dragon Friends is a Dungeons & Dragons themed channel, the conversation got around to Montaigne’s songwriting process and if she had written her song for Eurovision 2021. Montaigne told the streamers:
“I think I have my Eurovision song. My manager was like ‘Would you be open to other international writers writing you a hit song for you?’ And I was like ‘Hmm, I guess, ’cause you want that for me.'”
But Montaigne revealed she’d come up with something on her own, a song with an unusual back story and themes:
“But I am pretty sure I have a song. It’s called “JC Ultra” and it’s a reference to MKUltra, that f****d brainwashing program that the CIA tried to do back in the day, in the ’70s or the ’80s. It’s about a society of aliens that has a major music label as a front for a brainwashing program where they try to brainwash potential music celebrities to go out and spout pro-alien propaganda to try and help the aliens to integrate into human society better and covertly usurp human power.”
Project MKUltra was a CIA programme run in the 1950s and 1960s. It controversially included the — sometimes illegal — testing of psychedelic drugs such as LSD on American civilians. But it doesn’t sound like Montaigne is planning to take a deep dive there.
Will Montaigne take her alien adventure to Eurovision?
From Montaigne’s description, it sounds like the song’s quirky lyrical scenario may actually contain a bit of criticism of the music industry.
But will “JC Ultra” end up as Montaigne’s song for Rotterdam? It also sounds like her management is keen for Montaigne to again team up with existing songwriters to pen her Eurovision song. Montaigne’s Eurovision 2020 song “Don’t Break Me” was co-written with the DNA production house. DNA were also behind Australia’s Eurovision entries in 2016, 2017 and 2018.
In August, Montaigne told fans “i reckon i’ve written my eurovision song for next year it’s totally f****d, lets see what mgmt says”
While she hasn’t said what song this referred to, “JC Ultra” does seem to fit that description!
Montaigne’s journey to Eurovision
Montaigne originally won the Australian 2020 national final Eurovision: Australia Decides with her song “Don’t Break Me”. She was set to head to Rotterdam in May before Eurovision 2020 was sadly cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
However, in April, Montaigne received the good news that SBS had internally selected her to get the return ticket to Rotterdam in 2021.
Montaigne’s internal selection also means that Australia won’t be using its new national final Australia Decides. While some countries who have internally selected their 2020 acts will be using a national final to select the song for their act, there’s no word on how Montaigne’s song will be chosen.
Her recent remarks suggest that it may simply be a matter of one song getting selected internally.
What do you think? Should Montaigne take “JC Ultra” to Eurovision 2021? Or should she head in a different direction? Tell us your thoughts below!