… “I’m not letting the clown aesthetic go that easily!!!!”
That’s the promise from Eurovision – Australia Decides 2020 winner Montaigne ahead of Eurovision 2020: Big Night In! premiering Saturday 16 May at 7:30pm on SBS.
Set those wind machines to cyclonic (or just use a hairdryer set to high as it’s probably more practical under iso) as Eurovision 2020: Big Night In! promises one massive glittery celebration of the artists and songs that will unfortunately miss out on performing live on the Eurovision stage this year in Rotterdam, The Netherlands.
SBS invited Australian Eurovision fans to vote for their three favourite 2020 acts from all competing nations (excluding Australia as per the Eurovision rules) with the countdown of these results to occur over three big hours during Saturday night’s show. Voting has now closed and results are being tallied.
Hosted by the glamorous duo of Myf Warhurst and Joel Creasey, the must-see event will give the world a first glimpse at what Montaigne’s performance of her entry ‘Don’t Break Me’ would have looked like on the Dutch stage.
But before we gorge on all that glitter, let’s check in with the champion herself ahead of her performance on Saturday night.
“There’s been mountains of good news and valleys of bad news and a few personal challenges scattered in and amongst all the topography,” Montaigne muses when referencing the rollercoaster ride that has been her Eurovision 2020 journey.
“Pretty unpredictable, yeah!” she admits, but there’s strength in her philosophical outlook about the experience to date. “Overall, it’s big forward momentum and I am grateful for that,” adding that the experience has been “wild and harrowing and beautiful.”
The international reaction to ‘Don’t Break Me’ has heartened Montaigne and appeared to steel her resolve. “It seems to be striking in the way I hoped,” she offers. “That’s my favourite thing about releasing music, is releasing music that is cathartic or transformative or clarity-inducing for someone in the way my favourite artists’ music is for me.”
Montaigne singles out this year’s Swiss and Icelandic entries as two of her favourites from the 2020 crop. “I really love ‘Répondez-moi’ by Gjon’s Tears,” she says of the Swiss entrant, “and ‘Think About Things’ by (Iceland’s) Daði Freyr – a poignant and powerful song and a wholesome, peak Dad song.”
Check out Montaigne’s beautiful cover of Gjon’s Tears ‘Répondez-moi’ during the Eurovision Home Concerts:
During this period of isolation Montaigne has continued to stay productive. “I’ve been sinking more time into gardening, just ordered some vegetable, herb and flower seeds,” she offers.
“There’s been a lot of self-reflection too that’s been quite transformative, or has put me on the starting line of transformation, and it’s made me excited for and terrified about the future,” she reflects.
Now guaranteed the opportunity to represent Australia at the 2021 contest Montaigne is frank when considering what she’ll offer next year.
“All that I ask of myself is to be true to myself,” she says. “I hope that the song I write and the performance I give is just as that.”
Catch Montaigne’s performance of ‘Don’t Break Me’ on Eurovision 2020: Big Night In! on Saturday 16 May at 7:30pm on SBS.
Don your most outlandish party clothes and all the glitter you can handle for Eurovision 2020: Big Night In! airing on Saturday 16 May at 7:30pm on SBS.
Share your fabulous look and socially-distanced party pics using #SBSEurovision and #BigNightIn, for the chance to see your tweets and pics featured on screen during the show.
Remember to dress to impress, and while we have you, submit a you a short video of yourself, telling us who gets your "Douze Points". Here's Courtney Act to tell you how:
Post your video to Twitter or an Instagram public account, and use the hasgtags #SBSEurovision and #BigNight in.
Also tune in as we wrap up our week-long celebration of Eurovision on SBS on Sunday 17 May at 8.30pm with Eurovision: Europe Shine a Light from host country, The Netherlands.