Australia has decided to send Montaigne to the Netherlands in May, to represent us at Eurovision!
The 24-year-old Sydney based artist won the ‘Australia Decides’ competition at the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre last night, beating out nine other performers.
She’s received the most votes of a jury and the public tally, earning a total score of 107, seven points ahead of second-placed Casey Donovan.
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Vanessa Amorosi came in third with 82 points.
Montaigne took out the top spot with a very active performance of ‘Don’t Break Me’, dressed like a clown with a blue wig and red cheeks.
She’s now heading to the Netherlands in May, to take part in the final rounds of the international song contest.
“This is wild! I started out just grateful to be a part of Eurovision but this is fricken insane!
Thank you to everyone who gave me their vote, I’m so excited to go to Rotterdam and give it a red hot go,” Montaigne said.
Creative Director of Eurovision Paul Clarke says Montaigne is a total original.
“Her song had the best contemporary pop sound, and it was a shot performance – the first ever at Eurovision.
“We are delighted that Casey Donovan won the public vote with a song from talented songwriter Justine Elkatchi in a very tight contest.
“It was a hugely successful night and thanks to everyone who took part, SBS and our Queensland partners. Congrats to Montaigne!”
Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate says Eurovision is such a terrific performance for the Gold Coast.
“Wow, what a night! So many wonderful performances and so much talent being showcased right here on the Gold Coast.
“Our city’s exposure to this global audience is priceless and I can’t wait to see Montaigne perform against all of Europe,” Mayor Tate said.
Montaigne wins Australia Decides