Earlier this week Montaigne released her Eurovision 2021 entry “Technicolour”. Now fans have gotten a first taste of what the performance may be like in Rotterdam. Montaigne gave a debut live performance of “Technicolour” at the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras on Saturday.
While the iconic Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras parade couldn’t take place on its usual location of Sydney’s Oxford Street, the parade still went ahead with a smaller audience at the Sydney Cricket Ground.
As well as the legendary parade featuring many different aspects of Sydney’s LGBTQ+ community, the event also included live music performances. UK pop star Rita Ora performed, as well as Australia Decides 2019 act Electric Fields. But the artist of most interest to Eurovision fan was Montaigne.
Montaigne performs “Technicolour” live
Montaigne performed on a stage in the middle of the cricket oval, shaped like a giant pink triangle. While acoustically it wasn’t the best setting to hear optimum vocals, Montaigne still gave a good performance to the appreciative crowd.
The singer was dressed in an eye-catching white lycra outfit, accessorised with silver chains and straps. She was also rocking bold pink hair, creating a look visible to even punters high up in the stands.
Montaigne was also joined by two dancers who were both wearing a white top and shorts, along with striking black PVC overcoats, ready to be discarded with the line “time to take off all your cloaks“.
While there was some choreography for Montaigne, the performance didn’t come across like a slickly designed popstravaganza — there was still plenty of space for Montaigne to be herself.
Montaigne chats with Courtney Act
Ahead of the Mardi Gras performance, Montaigne also met up with Australia’s drag superstar — and Australia Decides 2019 contestant — Courtney Act.
Montaigne spoke about the creative process, saying “I had a whole year to make something that felt like it bridged the gap between me and Eurovision — and I felt like it did.”
Courtney brought up the “visions of queerness” from the song’s rainbow title, and the pair also chatted about what it means to be bisexual. The two pop divas finished off their day by climbing Sydney Harbour Bridge, and Montaigne and Courtney couldn’t resist belting out a bit of the song at the summit.
What do you think? What kind of staging would suit “Technicolour” in Rotterdam? Should Courtney Act sing backing vocals for Montaigne? Tell us your thoughts below!