Montaigne has confirmed to Aussievision that she will be joining the live shows for Eurovision 2021 from the SBS Studios.
Australia’s Eurovision 2021 representative may not be travelling to Rotterdam, but she will still be live during the first Semi-Final on May 18. The singer has been unable to travel to Eurovision due to COVID-19 restrictions as a result her live on tape performance is being broadcast during the show.
Montaigne will join the show when the hosts talk to the artists in the Green Room. At 5am in Australia she will be joining the show live from the SBS Studios for the Greenroom interviews and the results. She told Aussievision that:
At heart I’m a morning person physiologically, but not lately! I’ve been getting up around 9:30am…. The earliest thing I have to do is the day of my performance, I’ll have to be at the SBS studios for 5:00am to do the Green Room crossover, and I’ll have to do my makeup before that so it’s going to be a bit of an early start. But whatever I’ll do it! Maybe I can adjust my body clock by then.
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: SBS | Jess Gleeson / Source: Aussievision
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.