Montaigne is still set to get her shot at Eurovision glory, when the song contest returns in May 2021.
SBS announced today that art-pop singer-songwriter will represent Australia at the competition next year, after this year’s event was cancelled due to coronavirus.
Montaigne was chosen to represent the country after winning Eurovision – Australia Decides on the Gold Coast in February with her performance of Don’t Break Me.
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Montaigne said she was so happy to receive the news that she will get to have her moment to shine at the Eurovision Song Contest.
“At home, we’ve started this ritual of cracking open a fortune cookie daily and reading our fortunes to each other and I got one that read, “You will be sharing great news with all the people you love.” I’m so glad it came true!” she said.
Australia joins Austria, Azerbaijan, Belgium, Bulgaria, Georgia, Greece, Israel, Netherlands, Romania, Spain, Switzerland and Ukraine in a growing list of countries who’ve given their 2020 artists a second chance.
SBS Commissioning Editor and Australian Head of Delegation Josh Martin said there will not be a Eurovision – Australia Decides 2021.
“Although SBS and fans alike will miss Eurovision – Australia Decides 2021, this will honour Australia’s decision and give Montaigne the chance to show the world what we already know – that she is an incredibly talented, exciting and original artist.” he said.
While Montaigne’s spot on the world’s biggest stage is confirmed for next year, Eurovision rules stipulate this year’s songs will not be eligible to compete in 2021.
“Our focus will now shift to a new song for 2021 and Montaigne is not wasting a moment of this period of isolation with many new ideas already on the table,” said Mr Martin.