Montaigne is off to Rotterdam 2020.
She has won Eurovision: Australia Decides with her song Don’t Break Me beating out fan faves Casey Donovan and Vanessa Amorosi.
She won the night topping the judges’ vote.
10 acts performed tonight on the Gold Coast in a showcase hosted by Joel Creasey & Myf Warhurst.
Montaigne said: “This is wild! I started out just grateful to be a part of Eurovision but this is fricken insane! Thank you to everyone who gave me their vote, I’m so excited to go to Rotterdam and give it a red hot go!”
SBS Commissioning Editor and Australian Head of Delegation Josh Martin said: “Australia has made their choice! And what an incredibly exciting and original choice it is. This is a game changer for our Eurovision journey. Montaigne is an incredibly talented artist, full of strength and integrity who will bring a new audience to Eurovision. It will be so exciting to see how she can evolve this performance for the much larger stage in Rotterdam in May. Fun times ahead!”
Creative Director of Eurovision: Australia Decides and Director of Blink TV Paul Clarke said: “Montaigne is a total original. Her song had the best contemporary pop sound, and it was a shot performance – the first ever at Eurovision. We are delighted that Casey Donovan won the public vote with a song from talented songwriter Justine Elkatchi in a very tight contest. It was a hugely successful night and thanks to everyone who took part, SBS and our Queensland partners. Congrats to Montaigne!”
SBS screened the event Live around the country for a second year. In attendance were outgoing Executive Supervisor Jon Ola Sand, 2016 winner Måns Zelmerlöw, former Aussie representatives Kate Miller-Heidke & Dami Im.
She will now represent Australia at the Eurovision Song Contest to be held in Rotterdam, The Netherlands in May, following in the footsteps of Kate Miller-Heidke, Jessica Mauboy, Isaiah Firebrace, Dami Im and Guy Sebastian.
The night ended with a shock announcement from Dami Im, “I realised how much I love Eurovision and I’ve decided to throw my hat into the ring for next year.”
Congratulations to Blink TV and SBS for another top night.