Earlier today, it was revealed that the Australian delegation would not be able to travel to Rotterdam to compete in the Eurovision Song Contest 2021. As a result, Montaigne – who is due to represent Australia – will be using the “live-on-tape” performance of her song ‘Technicolour’.
Speaking to Eurovision.tv, Montaigne explained the situation and its impact on her:
I’m feeling okay about it. Thrilled I still get to compete but bummed that I don’t get to take advantage of that gigantic Eurovision stage.– Montaigne on her inability to take part in Rotterdam
Australia’s restrictions surrounding the spread of coronavirus are responsible for the delegation’s inability to travel. According to the government website, a travel ban has been enacted on March 21st, and a “do not travel” order issued worldwide – except for New Zealand.
As a result, Montaigne’s presence in Eurovision 2021 will be seen through her “live-on-tape” performance, which was recorded last month. Montaigne spoke about her live-on-tape experience in a recent vlog, which you can watch below.
Australia will be performing in fifth position in the first semi-final between Sweden and North Macedonia. Montaigne’s song “Technicolour” is hoping for a place in the final – you can see our opinions of the song here.
What do you make of this news? Are you sad that Montaigne cannot perform in Rotterdam? Where does ‘Technicolour’ fall in your rankings? As always, tell us in the comments below or on our social media channels. Don’t forget to follow ‘THAT Eurovision Site’ over at Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.