Our Eurovision Song Contest hopeful for 2021, Montaigne, won’t travel to the Netherlands for the competition next month and will beam in from home instead.
This year’s Eurovision Song Contest is going ahead in Rotterdam from May 19-23. After the country won in 2019, last year’s competition didn’t go ahead due to COVID-19.
In March, Eurovision bosses announced plans to fly all contestants to Rotterdam to perform live and in-person. Many of the 2020 performers, including Australia’s Montaigne, will compete again.
However Aussie broadcaster SBS has now confirmed Australia won’t travel overseas due to logistics and will perform at home.
“After a comprehensive assessment, SBS has decided not to send an Australian delegation and artist to Rotterdam,” Head of Delegation Josh Martin said.
“We came to this difficult decision after considering the challenges of the ongoing pandemic, including the many factors involved in travelling to and from the event from Australia.”
Montaigne says ‘not even a pandemic can stop Eurovision’
Montaigne performed her 2021 Eurovision song Technicolour live for the first time at the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras parade last month.
The singer said she was disappointed by the decision but still excited to represent Australia.
“I’m sad that for two years in a row I have been unable to participate in the live spectacle of Eurovision,” she said.
“My partner and I had been discussing what video games we would bunker down with in a hotel room in Rotterdam between rehearsals for the final event. We were excited about it.
“Despite that disappointment, it is still an immense privilege to be able to participate and compete in Eurovision two years in a row.
“I have been able to submit two songs that I’m proud of and that have meant significant things to people.
“I’m still absolutely stoked that I can present Technicolour this year, in whatever form my final performance may come in.
“It’s such a beautiful festivity and not even a pandemic can put it to bed. Eurovision will live forever.”
Myf Warhurst and Joel Creasey returning as Australia’s hosts
SBS’ Josh Martin congratulated Eurovision organisers for their work on continuing the contest amid the pandemic. He said Montaigne will still do Australia proud at the 2021 contest.
“Her uplifting and powerful anthem Technicolour is set to surprise and delight Europe, and show everyone we’re in it to win it,” he said.
“We are thrilled to be back and look forward to showing Europe our very best.”
Regular hosts Myf Warhurst and Joel Creasey will again lead SBS’s Eurovision coverage next month, but will commentate from Australia.
SBS will broadcast the 2021 Eurovision Song Contest from May 19 to 23.
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