Based on the current guidelines set out by the Australian Government, it is still unknown if Montaigne will be able to perform live in Rotterdam.
In the current scenario the EBU and Host broadcaster have planned, they assume that all delegations will be able to come to Rotterdam, but for some participants, this is quite a challenge due to locals laws preventing travel.
“Australia is difficult, for example, because it has fairly strict travel restrictions” -Sietse Bakker
As of now a “strong compassionate or compelling reason to leave Australia” is needed based on the current guidelines set out by the Australian Government. It is still unknown if the government will approve of the Australian delegation’s plans to travel to Rotterdam.
The Dutch Government has made sure that all artists can enter the Netherlands for Eurovision 2021. An exception from the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science has been made so that all 38 overseas participants can come to the Netherlands despite the current travel restrictions. This means only local restrictions in the singers own countries can stop them from travelling to Rotterdam at this time. So the EBU and Host broadcaster are expecting all acts in Rotterdam.
Many safety measures are in place such as the need for a negative corona test before anyone begins their travels to Rotterdam, to lower the risk of artists importing Covid into the Netherlands. Once in the Netherlands, the participants will be regularly tested and those who test positive will be quarantined.
Any artists who can’t make it to Rotterdam will use their backup tape performance, all of which are now filmed. This will be the case for Montaigne if she can’t travel to Rotterdam.
“if an artist has been singing with his backing vocals within a meter and a half and possibly others have been infected with it, then the entire delegation must be quarantined. That means that you will watch your backup performance from your hotel room. “ – Sietse Bakker
Once rehearsals begin, rehearsal performance may be used if a singer must be quarantined at the last minute. The use of backup tape performances and rehearsal performances will ensure that all of this year’s 39 acts will be able to take part in the Eurovision Song Contest 2021.
Montaigne will sing “Technicolour” in the first semi-final on May 18th.
Who is Montaigne?
Montaigne (Jessica Cerro) was born on August 14 1995 in Sydney was raised in Hills District in the northwest 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: Eurovision.tv / 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.