Montaigne has spoken on an Instagram live about why she is unable to travel to the Eurovision Song Contest 2021 in Rotterdam.
Following the announcement that Australia will not be traveling to the Netherlands for Eurovision 2021, Montaigne has explained why SBS took the decision to stay in Australia. On an Instagram live with Eurovision she explained:
“SBS hired an independent risk assessor, to try and figure out if it would be safe or not for me and the delegation to go overseas from Australia. And ultimately they said it wasn’t. It was their job to find any kind of option that made sense for us to go and they couldn’t but at the same time I have seen a few people sort of coming off a bit mean to SBS obviously in their eyes it is SBS that is depriving me of the experience when the truth is, its a pandemic and Australia doesn’t have any Covid cases at the moment”
She went on to say that she and the delegation would not like to be the individuals who brought COVID-19 back to Australia. Montaigne added that there are
“so many situations that could have gone wrong involved in like the process going to Eurovision rehearsing and going to the hotel getting even food to you.”
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.
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.