After the unprecedented cancellation of the Eurovision Song Contest this year, SBS is proud to announce that art-pop singer-songwriter Montaigne will still get her shot at Eurovision glory, when the Eurovision Song Contest returns in May 2021.
Montaigne was chosen to represent the country after winning Eurovision – Australia Decides with her performance of Don’t Break Me in February 2020. She’s thrilled that Australia’s decision will be honoured in 2021.
“I’m so happy to receive this good news during such times. 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!” - Montaigne
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.
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. So while we won't hear Don't Break Me being performed next year at Eurovision, SBS Commissioning Editor and Australian Head of Delegation, Josh Martin has said that “Montaigne is not wasting a moment of this period of isolation with many new ideas already on the table!”
If you are a songwriter and were hoping to submit your own song for Eurovision – Australia Decides next year the Creative Director of Eurovision – Australia Decides and Director of Blink TV Paul Clarke has a message for you. "To our music community we say - write the perfect Eurovision song! We have every intention of bringing the show back to the Gold Coast in 2022 bigger and better than ever."
SBS is currently exploring alternative Eurovision programming for 2020 to help unite and entertain audiences during these challenging times and will provide more information soon.
In the meantime we will be ready to cheer on Montaigne at Eurovision 2021 and it's time to get started writing those music hits for Eurovision – Australia Decides 2022.
Stay tuned to the SBS Eurovision website for updates: sbs.com.au/Eurovision
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