Following the first rehearsals of the acts competing in the first semi-final of Eurovision 2021, Australia’s Montaigne joined the press centre remotely from her bedroom. In the small Meet & Greet with the press, the “Technicolour” songstress shared her thoughts about not being able to come to Rotterdam for the contest.
Back in April, Australian broadcaster SBS decided that it was impossible for the delegation to fly into the Netherlands and join Eurovision in person. With that, Australia is the only country to take part this year with the pre-recorded live-on-tape performance.
SBS hasn’t specifically given the exact reason why they chose not to make the trip to Rotterdam, but Montaigne explained that they didn’t want to run the risk of bringing Covid-19 back to Australia.
Since March last year, Australia’s international border has been closed and Australian citizens are generally unable to leave the country. This is done as a way of minimising the spread of the Covid-19 virus.
Montaigne at Eurovision 2021 Press Conference Meet & Greet
Joining the press remotely, Montaigne spoke about her inability to travel to the contest. Although she expressed her thankfulness to be able to still join the contest from a distance, she acknowledged that it had been a hard decision for her:
“I’m really proud of everything we’ve done. We’ve had like zero time and we’ve still come up with things that I think are really cool and creative. I am really proud of that. It’s just been a bit like… It’s been a rough two years to do Eurovision. Any expectation I had for it was always crushed by circumstances, which is, like, annoying. But again, very grateful to be here. I’m really proud to be here, really proud of my team who’ve worked so hard to support me and make my vision as they can, come true.”
Montaigne did not shy away from showing her emotions during the press conference. Conference host Koos van Plateringen noted that it touched her very much, to which Montaigne replied that she thought it was “just a shame” that she can’t attend the show in person.
Montaigne blows off steam on social media
On her social media, including TikTok and Twitter, Montaigne shared her raw emotions right after the press conference.
In an open TikTok video, she talked about how having to miss out on the contest physically hit her harder than she had expected, saying:
“I know I’ve been saying this whole time: ‘I don’t care about not going to Eurovision. It’s fine, I’m okay! I’ve accepted it. I’ve acepted the situation.’. Wrong! It just hit me like a wall… I just want to be there so badly.”
“I am still just like really grateful that I get to be part of it at all and stuff… but I really want to go to Eurovision.”
Later, on Twitter, Montaigne added that she did not intend to shove the blame on SBS, who tried their best to get her to Rotterdam. She tweeted:
“fam i wanna state that i’m sad as hell that i don’t get to be in rotterdam for eurovision but this fact co-exists with the other fact that it just wouldn’t have been safe for me to go. sbs is an innocent party por favor it is no one’s fault but the idiot virus”
The “Technicolour” singer went on to say that she does not intend to return to Eurovision in person for 2022, instead wanting to focus on new things for the time being:
“also…i do not need to do eurovision again next year, i think i need to do other things for a little bit…”
also…i do not need to do eurovision again next year, i think i need to do other things for a little bit…
— Montaigne (@actualmontaigne) May 10, 2021
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