Montaigne’s entry for Eurovision 2021 Technicolour has now been released in full.
Montaigne co-wrote the song alongside Sydney-based songwriter and producer, Dave Hammer (Lime Cordiale, Thundamentals).
It will be performed at tomorrow’s Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras.
Montaigne was selected for Eurovision 2020 but after the event was cancelled, SBS confirmed her return for 2021 -but all acts had to submit new songs.
At this stage all artists are expecting to attend Rotterdam in person in May under strict COVID restrictions.
…and for those wondering the lyric is not “time to take off your clothes” but “cloaks.”
Montaigne said: “I initially started writing the song after a catch-up call with my mum that was really emotional and had me crying on the floor thinking of that first line, ‘I want to be close to my mother.’ I picked up my guitar and started improvising around that, trying to get the feelings out of my system. I had to put the song down then because we were having people over for dinner.
“Later, I picked the idea up with songwriter and music producer, Dave Hammer, since we were working on trying to make a Eurovision song happen, and the song became about resilience and the courage that comes from being able to be vulnerable, being able to ask for help, and knowing that in solidarity and togetherness we are stronger as people.”
SBS Commissioning Editor and Australian Head of Delegation Josh Martin said: “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’.”
Creative Director of Eurovision: Australia Decides and Director of Blink TV Paul Clarke 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.”
Eurovision will be held in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, and broadcast on SBS from 19 to 23 May.