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 clothes cloaks!”

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!

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Escjesc
Escjesc
1 month ago

I like it much more than their last years entry. Her voice gave a lots of energy to this song. This can grow especially with the live performance. With a right staging which Australia usually have it will easily qualify and make it to top 15

AllThingsNordic
AllThingsNordic
1 month ago

Come on Australia and Montaigne! After last year’s anthem, this one is a disappointment. I believe the 2020 song would have been top-5 but this one is not going to qualify, imo. It’s weird and the chorus is really meh… So sorry for Australia. Montaigne is a good artist. I can also understand artists’ struggles with the pandemic. So, hugs to all artists who push their boundaries during the pandemic!

MartyMcCu
MartyMcCu
1 month ago

I agree the verse is good, but the chorus isn’t. It appears to be a shouting match and I wonder how this will appear live. For me, this is disappointing as a song, unforgettable to be honest. Perhaps after a few listens it will grow on you, but as a result of this Australia may not qualify for the final this year. I hope her live performance will change this assumption.

Chris
Chris
1 month ago

This is a big mess! She has a beautiful voice though.

Heartbeater
Heartbeater
1 month ago

Technicolor is a bop I think it’s still going to struggle but this has a lot of staging opportunities

Ohi
Ohi
1 month ago

Now it’s dropped on Spotify I can say I like the verses I don’t know about the pre-chorus and the chorus is a bit grating on first listen. It might be better live who knows?

karworld
karworld
1 month ago

Ooooops!

Héctor
Héctor
1 month ago

Mmmm… I’m a bit dissapointed. I loved “Don’t Brake Me”but I’m not usre about this one. It has quality for sure and it fresh but the problem for me is the chorus. I like the verses and the prechorus but the chorus is a bit noisy.

gilpgilpgilp
gilpgilpgilp
1 month ago

I don’t see this qualifying in SF1. Maybe in SF2.

Sabrina
Sabrina
1 month ago

I’ll wait for an official release with better sound quality, so I can have a better idea of what’s going on in the background. But this sounds very very fresh.

Luke
1 month ago

How can i listen to this?

willchrisiam
willchrisiam
1 month ago

I love the verses, the bridge and the post chorus. Even the pre chorus is fun. Sounds like a Marina song, which is an amazing thing in my book. However I really dislike the instrumentation in the chorus. It feels weird and almost like they are mocking everyone going for the 80s inspired instrumentals. They definitely went overboard.

Ashton Schier
Ashton Schier
1 month ago
Reply to  willchrisiam

I understand your point but that’s the whole genre of hyperpop. Overboard, weird, very metallic, sometimes 80s inspired. It’s not overboard, and actually in the genre it’s in it is quite tame.

raylee
raylee
1 month ago

Guys come on this is not that bad. Don’t break her , don’t break her down down down down

Dawid
Dawid
1 month ago

Didn’t recognize her without a clown costume

Milla
Milla
1 month ago

Njaa :/

sam
sam
1 month ago

no one can surpass the excellency that is kate miller heidke…. but this will do i guess

Darren
Darren
1 month ago

Ohhh this sounds FRESH!!! My ears are loving this.
Could be my favorite Australian entry I think.
Well done guys!

Maurice
Maurice
1 month ago

Wow so fresh and different

Teddi
Teddi
1 month ago

I actually LOVE this! I love the vibes it’s giving meeee! Croatia, France, Australia so far for me!

Ravencrow Neversmiles
Ravencrow Neversmiles
1 month ago

I prefer this to last year’s song. The 80’s instrumental in the chorus is little in your face but I like the rest of it. Hope the staging is also improved from last year.

AM2PM
AM2PM
1 month ago

Something about this screams the Saturday night contest opener to me. Well played Montaigne.

Grft
Grft
1 month ago
Reply to  AM2PM

I think it’s a bit too weird to open the show lol but why not

Frisian esc
Frisian esc
1 month ago
Reply to  Grft

They opened with ‘i want your love’ in 2015 🙂

AM2PM
AM2PM
1 month ago
Reply to  Frisian esc

And the Saturday with “Here For You”….. complete with her headphones!

Ashton Schier
Ashton Schier
1 month ago

omg its amazing, such a different sound for eurovision. this is what I wanted from montaigne. I’m so proud.

Ashton Schier
Ashton Schier
1 month ago
Reply to  Ashton Schier

btw to those saying its ‘too loud’, never ever listen to Sophie or Charli XCX. You might collapse from fright and lack of taste

xohxoh
xohxoh
1 month ago

I’m not blown away, but i do enjoy it.

Thisisntourlastdance
Thisisntourlastdance
1 month ago

The ONLY returnee SO FAR that has a stronger offering than last year, fight me

Darren
Darren
1 month ago

Ireland

nati
nati
1 month ago

I love both Go_A’s songs tho xD

Rotkiw
Rotkiw
1 month ago

Benny Cristo is better in my opinion. Also I prefer new Go_A song.

Grft
Grft
1 month ago

The more I listen to it, the more I love it. I think it’s really fun, really modern, and different from what we get to see on the ESC stage. I see a lot of potential in it!! I hope the live performance will be good though.

Stephanie
Stephanie
1 month ago

I liked her song of last year. Sorry my Aussie friends but this…let’s just say, it’s not my cup of tea.

crashgranada
crashgranada
1 month ago

Too much noise.

finnished
finnished
1 month ago

Am I the only one who is still irritated by the fact that Australia takes part in Eurovision?

Billy
Billy
1 month ago
Reply to  finnished

Yes.

Neil
Neil
1 month ago
Reply to  finnished

Get over it lol ?

unotimportant
unotimportant
1 month ago
Reply to  finnished

yeah, you’re the only one. The rest of us looove Australia at Eurovision

Stephanie
Stephanie
1 month ago
Reply to  finnished

AUSTRALIA IS PART OF THE EUROVISION FAMILY! AND I’M VERY HAPPY WITH IT!!!

ddd
ddd
1 month ago
Reply to  finnished

Nope, I’m not European and want my country nowhere near Eurovision

Serafina
Serafina
1 month ago
Reply to  finnished

They spend just as much money on the contest as the big five and still have to go through the semi finals because they’re Australia so there you go, there’s the punishment they get for not being Europe, now move on and get over it?

Ashton Schier
Ashton Schier
1 month ago
Reply to  finnished

its been 6 years omg, grow up

Matt
Matt
1 month ago

Instrumental is awful. Melody is good.

Ria van de Velde
Ria van de Velde
1 month ago

The song is not bad, but I liked “Don ‘t break me” from last year much more.

Polliu
Polliu
1 month ago

After listening to the whole song…
I LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!!

Bella
Bella
1 month ago

Young people, who listen the songs only one time-the night of semi, will like it and they will vote for it!
But for fans of ESC, it’s very eccentric and too much…
However, this song is different from the others, so it’s very memorable!

Preuss
Preuss
1 month ago

I mean, it’s a pretty good effort once again from Australia, and something completely different from what they’ve been sending. The chorus is very memorable. It has to be done well live, and it does have a lot of staging potential. Now, Australia usually does a great job at staging their entries, but after the hot mess in 2018 where I’m just gonna throw everyone under the bus, I’m terrified of what they might do. 2019 was amazing though and they’ll probably deliver this year. I can see it do quite well

Zelenovi
Zelenovi
1 month ago
Reply to  Preuss

The staging they had in mind for Montaigne (that was shown in Europe Shine a Light) was amazing. I have faith.

Kinga
Kinga
1 month ago

I have mixed feelings. Don”t break me was a good song, but i hated the performance soooo bad. This song is ok, but wierdly loud. I have to see the live performance to set it in my ranking.

Grft
Grft
1 month ago

Lol I love how this song seems to divide people, it shows it’s not forgettable 🙂 and it makes me realize hyperpop is not for everybody (because even though it’s a very soft approach to hyperpop people manage to find this irritating… wait until they find out about SOPHIE – rip)

Jinbeizaki
Jinbeizaki
1 month ago

From that 2:30 preview, I am more inclined to her last year’s song because it was much more to my taste. It’s not that bad and will most likely qualify but it’s just irritating to my ear.

Miss Uncongeniality
Miss Uncongeniality
1 month ago

Well when i read all the comments i thought this is going to be great, but then i downloaded the song from the link that Andi gave, and I have to say that maybe i have not drink many vodka yet today, but I don’t get the emotion about it… IT’S TOTALLY ANNOYING, it gave me headache, please, is this a creepy nightmare or what? As cheap as bad chinese copy of a Carolina Herrera bag

otis
otis
1 month ago

i am sooo into you. check my comments, THIS song is irritating and annoying. her voice. her lyrics. this is just headache!!!

Miss Uncongeniality
Miss Uncongeniality
1 month ago
Reply to  otis

Totally agree with you Otis, is just irritating… thank God it was not the lack of vodka… i think i need therapy after that song

GojoSatoru
GojoSatoru
1 month ago

@Andi gave me a link to the WeTransfer page of Technicolour. In my opinion, this song is better than DBM, but Idk whether Technicolour is as dance-able as DBM. Australia is usually good at staging and creating performances, so this could be a dark horse. However, if Australia messes up like 2018 (even though Jessica Mauboy qualified) then I’ll question the chance of qualification for Montaigne.
Conclusion: the live version of this song will either make it or break it.

Bob
Bob
1 month ago

YESSS!!! I love it. Much more like her original unique style.

GojoSatoru
GojoSatoru
1 month ago

Did I miss something? Did the full song get released already or something? If not, why are people already having opinions about the song then?

Andi
Andi
1 month ago
Reply to  GojoSatoru
GojoSatoru
GojoSatoru
1 month ago
Reply to  Andi

Someone gave you a dislike while the only thing you said/did was giving the WeTransfer link. Toxicity is insane these days.

Andi
Andi
1 month ago
Reply to  GojoSatoru

Yep, crazy times make crazy people. 😀 I don’t blame them, and I’m used to that here anyway 😀

Reus
Reus
1 month ago
Reply to  GojoSatoru

The song aired on Australian radio, so people are basing their opinions either on a 2:30 video on Twitter, or if they listened to the full song live on air.

Bary
Bary
1 month ago

Amazing! Wasn’t a fan of Australia in previous years, although I must admit they have sent some quality entries, but this song will make me root for Australia for the first time. Absolutely love it!

waitaminuteholdon
waitaminuteholdon
1 month ago

Most of y’all tastes are so limited and it shows, how it shows on this day with Montaigne and Hooverphonic. So much for objectivity! 😉

Aaljan
Aaljan
1 month ago

It dropped on Australian radio, scroll down comments you will find a link to the whole song.

Grft
Grft
1 month ago

WOW. I love it so much, it’s really my kind of music. The verses especially, they feel really Marina and the diamonds-esque. Love the bridge as well. The pre-chorus is really Grimes indeed. I don’t know how to feel about the chorus though but it’s okay. Huge improvement compared to last year, I mean this is way more original and showcases Montaigne’s uniqueness. This will stand out and can probably score high (top10 in the final?) if the performance is on point 🙂 please no clownery this time

Andi
Andi
1 month ago
Reply to  Grft

Is that a troll comment? 😀

Grft
Grft
1 month ago
Reply to  Andi

Why would it be?

Jamie
Jamie
1 month ago

Meh, it’s okay. Not a winner for sure. Also the production seems cheap, like her voice is recorded in a tin can.

Fionn
Fionn
1 month ago

I already love it. I’m a huge fan of her other music so I’m really hoping the full song delivers

Polliu
Polliu
1 month ago

I need the full song to make a judgement. It’s definitely hyperpop. Bot everyone will like it for sure.

Polliu
Polliu
1 month ago
Reply to  Polliu

But not everyone

otis
otis
1 month ago

guys this song is annoying. come on. too much shout. too much voice. come on is really irritating for the ears!! too bad. i loved her last year was my favourite pfff i am sry but not good result is coming 🙁

otis
otis
1 month ago
Reply to  otis

and looks cheap production too

Grft
Grft
1 month ago
Reply to  otis

Please @ both of you, never listen to hyperpop songs you will probably explode lol

Carl
Carl
1 month ago
Reply to  otis

-8? Well looks like your views don’t correspond with the rest of the community. That’s a shame

otis
otis
1 month ago
Reply to  Carl

i guess that only fans and people who likes the songs react in this comment board. cause in every single article when someone writes not good reviews allways is -1500. jajajja

Jamie
Jamie
1 month ago
Reply to  Carl

This community consists of 90% gays, of course they are gonna protect a bop at all costs.

otis
otis
1 month ago
Reply to  Jamie

love you jaja

Frisian esc
Frisian esc
1 month ago

I love it! And that beat takes me to an american baseball game or golf court or something xD

Michaela Radová
Michaela Radová
1 month ago

early grimes vibes for sure! I love how much thoughts she put into it and can´t wait to see it with a live staging <3

AM2PM
AM2PM
1 month ago

In other news, Belgium’s song has been released

https://youtu.be/0EQyG1Yjlgw