The Montaigne postcard for this year’s Eurovision Song Contest has been filmed on location at the Sparta Stadion.
Preparations for the 2021 Eurovision Song Contest are well underway, with the filming of many of the 40 postcards now complete or in process. This year’s artists will film their postcards in their own countries, however the clips will also feature unique locations from across the Netherlands. It has previously been revealed that each postcard will feature a a small house that will represent the story and personality of each artist.
The small house will in Montaigne postcard was placed in The Sparta Stadion, a football stadium in Rotterdam. The location of the football stadium was chosen for Montaigne due to the singers love of the sport. Montaigne will be added to the house via greenscreen.
“Montaigne is a singer, but also crazy about football. So we wanted to express this sporty element in her postcard. With a Rotterdam stadium as a background, and then you will soon arrive at Het Kasteel. Of that beautiful club Sparta, with its long history and the unique atmosphere that that building radiates. We start with a drone shot, and we end with that. “ – Jayne Mansfield
The postcards are short clips that are played to the audience watching at home, while the crew prepares the stage for the next act. The recordings for the remaining postcards is expected to take place over the next two months.
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: Songfestival / Jess Gleeson | Source: AD
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.