Eurovision 2021: How Australia really scored
It's not pretty for Montaigne and Australia.
It was a case of out of mind, out of sight for Australia at this year’s Eurovision Song Contest.
Australia scored just 2 points in the televoting for Semi Final 1 -the lowest in its Final.
Russia and Ukraine gave Australia a solitary point each. That compares to Ukraine (164), Malta (151) and Lithuania (137) in televoting in the same semi final.
Thanks to a full 12 points from Ukraine’s jury Montaigne didn’t finish last in her semi. Australia’s total 28 points was just ahead of North Macedonia (23) and Ireland (20).
Of course as we know United Kingdom, which automatically qualified for the Final due to backing the event, drew 0 points from both the juries and televoting. Ouch.
Spain, Germany and Netherlands also suffered the ignominy of 0 televoting points.
Montaigne’s fate was seemingly sealed with the decision to not attend in Europe. It was just impossible to compete with Rotterdam staging. After being unable to attend in both 2020 and 2021 you have to feel for this young singer, doubtless destined for good things ahead.