Australian artist Montaigne has revealed that a song written by legendary songwriter Diane Warren is currently being considered for her entry for the Eurovision Song Contest 2021 in Rotterdam.
Diane Warren is credited as writing successfully charting songs for the likes of Cher, Celine Dion, Whitney Houston, LeAnn Rimes, Starship, Aerosmith and Toni Braxton.
This would not be the first time that the American songwriter would be credited on a Eurovision entry. Back in 2009, she was recruited by Andrew Lloyd Webber to help in composing the entry for the United Kingdom. In a bid to turn around the country’s poor recent showing at the contest, the pair wrote the entry “It’s My Time” performed by Jade Ewen in Moscow, which eventually reached an impressive 5th place.
Upon revealing this information, Montaigne said:
I had a call with a lady called Diane Warren…. she’s one of the greatest songwriters that time has ever seen… she kind of sent me a song to consider for Eurovision. She was ‘I have this song for you, give it a shot, maybe it’s good for Eurovision’ and it is a hit! The song is immediately recognisable as a hit.
It’s not super my….. like I don’t think it’s a lyric I would ever write and I don’t know if it’s a style that identify with. She said ‘have it, give the production a shot, it might feel good if you make the production your own’.
But the thing is, I have this other song I wrote that I fucking love, I think it’s so fun, it’s like right up my alley, this style I’ve been trying to achieve for all of this year, basically. So I just have to work on both of them and see which I prefer for Eurovision… and work on other songs as well!
Montaigne has been internally selected to represent Australia in 2021 by SBS, she had previously won Eurovision – Australia Decides in 2020 with the song “Don’t Break Me” however this entry never made it to the contest due to the 2020 contest being cancelled because of the Coronavirus pandemic.
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.