Montaigne has teased details about her plans for her upcoming live Eurovision 2021 performance.
The singer has already performed her song “Technicolour” live at this Mardi Gras, however, Montaigne in our latest vlog has told fans to expect something different in her actual Eurovision performance.
“fun and cute and silly and snarky, that kind of thing, or something like that. Something a bit more ironic, But not ironic in a cynical way, ironic in a self-aware way.” – Montaigne
Montaigne also revealed many of the visuals of “Technicolour” were inspired by the Manga “Sailor Moon” and the video game “Final Fantasy 10”, summing the visuals she wanted as “Cyberpunk with magic”.
Montaigne’s choreography is being created by Marko Panzic who was due to working on the staging of Montaigne’s 2020 Eurovision song “Don’t Break Me”. Miriam Sedic and Josie McManis will work on all of the outfits to be used in the performance. While Michelea Simone along with Ricki Crisillio will work on Hair and makeup. Dancers will also be part of the live performance of “Technicolour”.
Like all this year’s acts Montaigne will need to film a backup performance as part of the many contingency measures the EBU has put in place to ensure she can still be part of the show in May even if she is unable to travel. Montaigne has said the backup live on tape performance of “Technicolour” will be done by next week on Friday. The singer did state that as the studio that will be used is less technologically advanced than the full Eurovision stage in Rotterdam, the backup staging will also be different to what is planned for the Eurovision stage.
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. The song “Technicolour” was selected internally by SBS, the first year since 2018 that the Australian public has had no say in either the singer or song for Eurovision.
Image Source: 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.