“It was a very, very strong act”

Could Montaigne have had a chance with Don’t Break Me at the Eurovision Song Contest this year?

“It was a very, very strong act that Australia would have presented this year,” outgoing executive supervisor Jon Ola Sand has told ABC.

“I saw the act as it [was intended to be staged] and that was a strong one, for sure.”

Tomorrow night’s Eurovision: Big Night In on SBS will unveil to Australians just how the performance was to be staged.

The show will announced which song Australians have voted for as the 2020 winner (tip: we love to vote Sweden).

Three are also special guests. Alfie Arcuri will sing an acoustic version of Cyprus’s 2020 song Running. Jessica Mauboy will perform her 2018 song, We Got Love, joined by Isaiah Firebrace, Kate Miller-Heidke, Courtney Act, Electric Fields, Jaguar Jonze and Ella Hooper.

There will also be contributions from last year’s winner Duncan Laurence, 2016 entrant Dami Im and some of the 2020 Eurovision acts.

“No one could foresee this situation … it’s very sad that we cannot stage the Eurovision Song Contest for the first time since 1956. It’s a pity, but that’s how it is,” said Ola Sand.

“Especially in these times, we need big events that unite us.

“So we will indeed celebrate the whole week and we will together honour the songs and honour the artists and look forward to next year.”

Meanwhile international sites are speculating Iceland and Italy would have battled it out for top honours, based on Spotify popularity. But of course, that fails to incorporate the stage presentations, so take that with a grain of salt…

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