While Montaigne’s Eurovision 2021 entry isn’t due to be released until tomorrow, she has already given fans a first listen. Montaigne presented her song today on the Australian radio station Triple J. And she also confirmed that she will be able to make it to Rotterdam in May.
“Technicolour” is an upbeat dance-pop song with fun and uplifting lyrics. The song includes a shout-along part where Montaigne asserts, “But I got power, yeah! Midnight is the hour, yeah! Time to take off your
lol omg i wanted to address this on the radio interview but we didn’t get to it — it’s CLOAKS, not clothes. like you’re a group of witches who’ve covertly rocked up to the tavern and someone’s tried to start some shit and you all drop your cloaks at the same time https://t.co/rMlBosbnDS
— Montaigne (@actualmontaigne) March 4, 2021
It builds to the song’s chorus, where Montaigne sings “Techni, technicolour, if we stand together, we can do whatever.” And amid the party spirit, the song also lets Montaigne show off her vocals, even with a speorg note moment.
The song has plenty of moments that suggest she’ll be bringing some bold staging to Rotterdam, full of neon colours and lasers. There’s also a key change in the song, but it doesn’t feel like a cliched cheesy “Eurovision key change”.
Montaigne has also uploaded a snippet of the song on her Instagram.
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Speaking about her song to SBS, Montaigne also said, “I’m so excited to present ‘Technicolour’ to the world! I think it does it all — makes you want to cry, makes you want to dance, makes you want to take on a malignant corporate power — and I think that it is both forward-thinking and suitable for Eurovision.”
Montaigne’s guide to writing the perfect Eurovision song
Montaigne also shared her guidelines for what she believed the perfect Eurovision song should have — and she says these are all elements that “Technicolour” has.
Montaigne says the perfect song should have high drama, “the more camp, the better”, a key change, lots of dynamic shifts and a surprising moment that leads to “shenanigans” on stage.
With the song written, it’s now up to Montaigne and her team to put together the complete package that will be seen on stage in Rotterdam. She said that all the ideas are there, that it’s now just a matter of realising them.
“Technicolour” was written by Montaigne and the Australian songwriter and producer Dave Hammer. He’s known for his work with Australian artists such as Lime Cordiale, Genesis Owusu, Thundamentals and Mia Rodriguez.
Montaigne is “99% sure” she will be in Rotterdam
While a bit of uncertainly remains in the face of the Covid-19 pandemic, Montaigne says she is “99% sure” that the Australian delegation will be able to travel to Rotterdam in May.
She outlined the health and safety guidelines that the EBU recently released, including regular testing. She said she’s have to get vaccinated before leaving and — like all Australians — would have to go into two weeks quarantine upon returning to Australia.
Montaigne’s Eurovision journey
Montaigne originally won her country’s national final Eurovision: Australia Decides in 2020. She was due to represent Australia at Eurovision 2020 with the song “Don’t Break Me”.
After Eurovision 2020 was cancelled, SBS gave Montaigne the return ticket to Rotterdam. Australia’s national final was cancelled for 2021 and Montaigne got to work creating her entry for Eurovision 2021.
Along the way, she shared the creative process with fans. In August. Montaigne revealed she’d written a “totally f****d” song and also teased another creation titled “JC Ultra”. Earlier this year Montaigne revealed she’d been offered a song from the Grammy-award winning songwriter Diane Warren.
But in the end, Montaigne settled on the perfect Eurovision entry herself.
On Saturday, Montaigne will give the first live performance of “Technicolour” at the 2021 Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade. The state of New South Wales currently allows outdoor performances with a maximum of 500 attendees, meaning the parade will be a fully seated, socially distanced affair at the Sydney Cricket Ground. The event will be live-streamed internationally on SBS On Demand.
Montaigne’s Eurovision 2021 song “Technicolour” will be officially released Friday, 5 March.
What do you think? Does “Technicolour” sound like a winner? What sort of staging should Montaigne use? Tell us your thoughts below!