This morning it was announced that Australian broadcaster SBS And EBU confirmed that Australian delegation won’t travel to Rotterdam for the Eurovision Song Contest 2021.
Instead of live performance of semi final 1 and grand final if they qualify their ”live on tape” recording will be used instead for both performances.
Josh Martin (SBS Commissioning Editor and Australian Head of Delegation) explains how they came to this decision:
“Australia has embraced the Eurovision spirit for more than 35 years on SBS, and our affection and excitement for the contest has continued to grow since we first competed in Vienna in 2015. In 2021, Australia will once again compete in the world’s biggest song contest but this time our artist, Montaigne, will perform from home and not abroad.
After a comprehensive assessment, SBS has decided not to send an Australian delegation and artist to Rotterdam for the Eurovision Song Contest this year. We came to this difficult decision after considering the challenges of the ongoing pandemic, including the many factors involved in travelling to and from the event from Australia.
SBS and Montaigne are appreciative of the European Broadcasting Union’s ongoing support for Australia’s involvement in the event, and their commitment to ensuring Eurovision continues amid the challenges COVID-19 presents. Congratulations must also go to the Host Broadcaster for the outstanding work that is being done to create a successful Eurovision Song Contest this year. We are working with them to assist in creating a memorable and successful broadcast.
In true Australian spirit, Montaigne will still be fiercely competing in this year’s event with her uplifting and powerful anthem Technicolour, which is set to surprise and delight Europe, and show everyone we’re in it to win it. We are thrilled to be back and look forward to showing Europe our very best!”
Australia is set to participate at 1st half of semi final 1 at Eurovision Song Contest 2021.
Eurovision 2021 playlist is available on different digital platforms:
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