The Wiwi Jury — our in-house team of music unprofessionals — is reviewing and rating the 39 competing songs in Eurovision 2021. Next we turn to Australia, where Montaigne has “Technicolour”. Did we like her musical rainbow? Read on to find out!
Montaigne – “Technicolour”
Antranig: As Montaigne once cleverly put it, there is no middle class in music. Fortunately for us, she has delivered an upper-class offering. I love her artistry, I love her refusal to do anything by the book and I love her personality, both on stage and off. “Technicolour” is absolutely brilliant, with some clever, uplifting lyrics and some tantalising beats. At first I thought the chorus was a bit below par, but upon second listen it is extremely catchy. This is an exceptional package and I’m so proud to have this wonderful artist representing my country.
Erdi: Montaigne has an amazing energy on the stage, and she is not afraid at all to show her personality there. The song is unique in its own way, has its own energy and quite new for the Eurovision stage. It has a very memorable chorus and I am sure eurofans will sing along with her — from home, of course.
Lauren: One thing I said time and time again about Montaigne’s entry last year is that, while a very good song, it is the least compelling track she’s ever released. However, I reckon that last year she had to leave her experimental bubble a bit and get a little poppier in order to win the national final. This year she is being herself, and she does so beautifully. I see why this isn’t that appreciated by most people, but I hope Montaigne can paint her way to the grand final.
Luis: Montaigne brings a piece of high-pitched pop fantasy and one of the most demanding songs of the year. “Technicolor” rollercoasters over a palette of electronic sounds, where the ups are a bit too slow. The build-up drags a little bit and that may be a problem when it comes to catching the viewers’ attention. Some might find this histrionic, but Montaigne’s artistry is no place for safe and pleasant music. “Technicolor” is perfect evidence for that, and her braveness is worth remarking.
William: Depending on the staging, the live vocal and the time of day, Montaigne’s “Technicolour” could be described as a hot mess, a beautiful mess or a total mess. But there’s excitement in the many paths this may take and potential reward in the very big risk of sending a hyperpop bop. The verses are tender and beautiful, but the chorus seems to come out of nowhere and at various points makes you worry that someone is being electrocuted. And then there’s that questionable key change, which seems to come straight out of Sonic the Hedgehog. To many, this will all feel disjointed and jarring, but to others, it will be a stroke of genius held together by glorious Montaigne. For now, I’ll side with the latter camp.
Montaigne – “Technicolour” rankings
In the Wiwi Jury we have 24 jurors but only have room for five reviews. The remaining scores are below:
We have removed the highest and lowest scores prior to calculating the average. This is to remove outliers and potential bias. We have removed a low of 3 and a high of 9.5.
Wiwi Jury verdict: 6.84/10
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