On the weekend the European Broadcasting Union ruled that 2020 songs selected for Eurovision 2020 would not be eligible to perform at its 2021 event.
But it’s up to each nation if they wish to send the same performer with a different song.
“We have been overwhelmed with the love that the Eurovision Song Contest family has shared since the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 event.
“The EBU is very aware of how much the Eurovision Song Contest will be missed this year. The Contest’s values of universality and inclusivity, and our proud tradition of celebrating diversity through music, are needed now more than ever.
“As such, the EBU and its Members are currently exploring alternative programming, but not a competition, to help unite and entertain audiences around Europe during these challenging times.
“It is our intention with this programming, and on our online platforms in the coming months, to honour the songs and artists which have been chosen for the Eurovision Song Contest 2020.”
Montaigne, who was due to perform “Don’t Break Me” has expressed her wish to compete in 2021.
On Twitter she wrote, “hello everyone wondering about my participation in #Eurovision next year. I would really like to do it. really really. a lot. but that’s up to SBS. so pls direct your queries about that to them, what happens isn’t in my hands. alas. ?”
However at the last Australia Decides event Dami Im indicated her desire to return to Eurovision.
This creates a dilemma for SBS and Blink TV. Dami Im is hugely popular with the Eurovision fanbase -both in Australia and Europe- and could have a real shot at glory if she has a strong song. But is it fair to Montaigne?
Or do they simply put them back into a new Australia Decides battle?
SBS is yet to comment, no doubt waiting to see how the EBU honours the 2020 songs.