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  • Writer's pictureDale Roberts

Montaigne will sing 'Technicolour' for Australia at Eurovision 2021

The wait for Aussie Eurofans was over today when Montaigne's Eurovision entry got its first public airing and has now been released.

Montaigne joined the team at ABC youth station Triple J on Thursday to premiere her track 'Technicolour' to listeners.

The track has also been released officially today where you can access it via streaming services here:

Montaigne said of the song “I’m so excited to present 'Technicolour' to the world! I think it does it all — makes you want to cry, makes you want to dance, makes you want to take on a malignant corporate power — and I think that it is both forward-thinking and suitable for Eurovision.”

Montaigne will also perform the song this Saturday at the 2021 Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras on which will be streamed internationally on SBS On Demand.

Montaigne has been teasing fans with clues for a number of months now, with some guessing back in February that 'Technicolour' would be the song announced.

'Technicolour' is co-written with Dave Hammer, A Sydney based New Zealander also known as David Karam Haddad.

Dave has worked with Australian indie band Lime Cordiale on their ARIA Award winning album '14 Steps To A Better You'.

Montaigne was selected as Australia's entrant by SBS after missing out on competing at last year's cancelled event.

SBS Commissioning Editor and Australian Head of Delegation Josh Martin said of the entry: “We love this song! SBS has always celebrated the technicolour nature of Australia and the world, and Montaigne has written an anthem that encapsulates all that we stand for as a broadcaster and a country. Where better to premiere it, than one of the world’s most loved Pride events – the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras! The song is positive, purposeful – and let’s face it – fun! It will be right at home at the world’s largest, inclusive technicolour song contest where, to borrow a line from the chorus – ‘if we stand together, we can do whatever’.”

While Paul Clarke, Creative Director of Eurovision – Australia Decides and Director of Blink TV, said: “Technicolour begins by addressing the universal and personal challenges of the pandemic, then it empowers you to be a superhero and rise above. It’s all done with Montaigne’s cheeky sense of humour, at once vulnerable and kinda fierce. I’m expecting some deep and moving music this year at Eurovision, but we are flicking the switch to empowerment with Montaigne and turning the volume right up.”

She previously won 'Eurovision - Australia Decides' in 2020 with 'Don't Break Me' which has had almost 3 million streams on Spotify and just under 2 million views on YouTube.

Australia has competed at Eurovision five times, making the Top 10 four ocassions and have a 100% qualifying record for the Grand Final.

Montaigne is due to compete in semi-final 1 on May 18 (May 19th in Australia) but has some stiff competition.

These are the other nations taking part with details on their artists and songs below:

  • Azerbaijan - Efendi - Song TBC

  • Belarus - TBC

  • Belgium - Hooverphonic - 'The Wrong Place'

  • Croatia - Albina - 'Tick-Tock'

  • Cyprus - Elena - 'El Diablo'

  • Ireland - Lesley Roy - 'Maps'

  • Israel - Eden Alene - 'Set Me Free'

  • Lithuania - The Roop - 'Discoteque'

  • Malta - Destiny - Song TBC

  • North Macedonia - Vasil - 'Here I Stand' (still to be released)

  • Norway - TIX - 'Fallen Angel'

  • Romania - Roxen - 'Amnesia'

  • Russia - TBC

  • Slovenia - Ana Soklic - 'Amen'

  • Sweden - TBC

  • Ukraine - Go_A - 'Shum'

You can listen to all current Eurovision 2021 songs available on Spotify via the playlist below:


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