Montaigne will sing “Technicolour” at the Eurovision Song Contest 2021 in Rotterdam.
“Technicolour” is the title of the Australian entry for Eurovision 2021, you can listen to a teaser of “Technicolour” here, and listen to the entire song on Friday here. Written and produced specifically for Eurovision, Technicolour is a new song “highlighting Montaigne’s vocal prowess, with upbeat pop stylings and a catchy anthemic feel”. Montaigne co-wrote the song alongside Sydney-based songwriter and producer, Dave Hammer (Lime Cordiale, Thundamentals).
I’m so excited to present Technicolour to the world! I think it does it all — makes you want to cry, makes you want to dance, makes you want to take on a malignant corporate power — and I think that it is both forward-thinking and suitable for Eurovision.
She will give her first live performance of the song this weekend. Montaigne give her first performance of “Technicolour” at the 2021 Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras on Saturday night which will be streamed internationally on SBS On Demand.
Montaigne’s entry for the Eurovision Song Contest 2021 was internally selected by the performer and the Australian broadcaster. This year is the first year since 2018 that the Australian public has had no say in either the singer or song for Eurovision.
Montaigne will perform in the first semi-final on May the 18th.
Who is Montaigne?
Montaigne (Jessica Cerro) was born on August 14 1995 in Sydney was raised in Hills District in the north west of the city. She describes her ethnic background as ” a mixture of Argentinian, Spanish, Filipino and French”. She spent two years working on her songwriting skills, during which she started using the stage name Montaigne, inspired by the 16th century essayist and novelist Michel de Montaigne.
She was also featured on the Hilltop Hoods’ song “1955”, which reached number 2 on the Australian Singles Chart in February 2016. In November of the same year, she won the “Breakthrough Artist -Release” Award at the ARIA Awards.
In 2018, she released “For Your Love” as the lead single for her second album “Complex”, which debuted at number 19 on the Australian Albums Chart. She released two more singles from the album: “Ready” and “Love Might Be Found (Volcano)”.
In 2020 she won Eurovision – Australia Decides with the song “Don’t Break Me”. The song was written and composed by Anthony Egizii and David Musumeci (collectively known as DNA) and Montaigne herself. DNA has written the Australian entries in 2016, 2017 and 2018. Montaigne was internally reselected to represent Australia in 2021 by SBS.
Image Source: SBS / Jess Gleeson | Source: Montaigne
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.