Montaigne will represent Australia at the Eurovision Song Contest 2021.
Australian national broadcaster SBS has confirmed in a press release that Montaigne, who was chosen for the canceled Eurovision Song Contest 2020, will perform for her country at next year’s Eurovision Song Contest.
“I’m so happy to receive this good news during such times,” Montaigne said. “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 won the chance to sing for Australia after winning Eurovision 2020: Australia Decides, besting nine other contestants. However, her song “Don’t Break Me” will be ineligible to participate in 2021.
Josh Martin, SBS Commissioning Editor and the Head of Delegation for Australia at the Eurovision Song Contest, said “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!”
A number of other participating countries have confirmed the return of their 2020 artists to 2021, including, most recently, Romania, Israel, and Austria.
SBS has also said that they are currently looking into alternative programming to fill the time slots left empty by the Eurovision Song Contest’s cancellation.
Australia in the Eurovision Song Contest
Australia debuted in the Eurovision Song Contest in 2015 as part of celebrations marking 60 years of the Eurovision Song Contest. The broadcaster SBS has broadcast Eurovision in Australia since 1983. Australia’s best result to date came in 2016 Australia when Dami Im, with the song “Sound of Silence,” finished in 2nd place in the final scoring 511 points, just 23 points away from victory.