SBS, The Australian broadcast has confirmed a few minutes ago that “Australia Decides 2020” winner Montaigne will be back at Eurovision 2021.
Earlier this month The 24-year-old singer reacted openly about how hard she reacted for the 2020 event cancellation. saying she spent a couple of hours paralyzed and crying in bed.
I’m hiding from the news. Gimme a sec.
— Montaigne (@actualmontaigne) March 18, 2020
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Eurovision 2020 has been cancelled. I’ve had my cry. I spent a couple of hours paralysed in bed, despondently scrolling through the many lovely tweet mentions from people expressing love and support. I imagine I’ll probably have a lot more cries in the next little while, for me and for the wonderful team who were working with me to make our vision come to life. But the truth is that cancelling #Eurovision this year is the most responsible and ethical decision that the EBU could have made. A decision they *have* to make. It is best that we all practice the measures that will stop COVID-19’s ravaging effects from going on any longer than they could. The team at Eurovision are still working through plans, as is SBS, so we will have more info to share soon. Thank you to @paulclarketv and everyone at @blinktvco and @sbs for making the process of devising a campaign for a Eurovision performance so easy and fun, for really listening to me and understanding who I am and wanting to figure out how to combine that with Eurovision. Thanks to Marko Panzic and Sasha Mutch who were an integral part of the second phase of staging, I wish we could have presented our ideas. Thank you to @WonderlickEntertainment who have always been there for me in more ways than one. Thank you to @SonyMusicAustralia and especially to @ollylbr for helping me through every overwhelming public moment and supporting me through everything. Thank you to my family, friends, and partner who have cradled me in the twinkle of their eyes. A tip of the hat to Eurovision fans who are so passionate, I know this is just as much of a loss for you as it is for me. And a final tip of the hat to the other Eurovision contestants this year who were working their butts off to make their dream come true. I’m sorry it turned out like this. I’m gonna try figure out how to make the best of this situation creatively, see if there’s something I can present to you, the fans, that will feel satisfying, or will feel anything like closure, or at least coping. I’ve got a lot of fucking time on my hands so. Let’s get to work.
Happily for us, the Australian broadcaster has announced sooner than expected that we don’t need no more tears as they stood by Montaigne to be their representative for Eurovision 2021! she, of course, shared the message with her fans, saying “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!”
Very grateful to announce that I’ll still be representing Australia at Eurovision 2021 ^____^ thank you to @SBS & to you all for the support, it’s been super nice during wack as hell times. keep streaming Don’t Break Me so it gets its dues before it’s superseded by a new banger!! https://t.co/qy0BzHEXSQ
— Montaigne (@actualmontaigne) April 1, 2020
As for the rules of the next competition, the artists are no longer allowed to use heir 2020 entries and Montaigne is now on a mission to create her new song for Europe. Josh Martin the SBS Commissioning Editor and Australian Head of Delegation has said that “Montaigne is not wasting a moment of this period of isolation with many new ideas already on the table!”
Surprising response for this exciting news came from Dami Im, which represented Australia at Eurovision 2016 saying: “I was devastated like many of you when my favourite show in the world was cancelled this year and it was so unfair for Montaigne to miss out on this incredible opportunity of a lifetime..”
Dami herself was planned to go back to Eurovision 2021 as she shared during her performance on the grand final of “Australia Decided 2020”
I was devastated like many of you when my favourite show in the world was cancelled this year and it was so unfair for @actualmontaigne to miss out on this incredible opportunity of a lifetime.. pic.twitter.com/pnsSC3RnDf
— Dami Im (@damiandmusic) April 2, 2020
For the moment, 13 countries confirmed that they will keep the representatives of Eurovision 2020 for Eurovision 2021. The countries are:
- The Netherlands
While other 7 countries confirmed they will select new artists for Eurovision 2021:
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