Why is Australia in Eurovision 2021?

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Australia is competing in tonight’s first semi-final of Eurovision 2021 with Montaigne performing Technicolour. Australia only recently joined the international song competition as the first non-European Broadcasting Union (EBU) to do so. Why is Australia in Eurovision 2021? Express.co.uk has everything you need to know.

Why is Australia in Eurovision 2021?

Australia was invited to join Eurovision by the EBU ahead of the contests 60th anniversary.

At first, Australia was intended to just be a guest country to celebrate the 60th Contest but has returned every year since.

In 2016, the EBU Reference Group, the governing body of the Eurovision Song Contest, voted unanimously in favour of Australia’s participation.

Speaking in 2015 about Australia’s participation, Dr Frank Dieter Freiling, Chairman of the Reference Group said: “Europe and Australia have a lot in common in regards to cultural values and when a broadcaster is so committed to bringing great acts to the contest, the only right thing to do is to be inclusive.

“This is also a way for many Australians to re-connect with their European roots, and celebrate our shared cultural values and understanding through music.”

 

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In 2019, Australia secured participation rights until 2023 which means they have two more years to complete before their position is reconsidered.

After the good news was announced SBS Commissioning Editor Josh Martin said: “SBS has been the home of the Eurovision Song Contest in Australia for 35 years and we’re thrilled at this invitation to become a more permanent member of the Eurovision Song Contest family.

“We will continue to showcase Australia’s amazing talent and diversity to hundreds of millions of people across Europe and the world. It highlights the power of music to bring people together – even from polar opposite sides of the globe. Thank you, Europe!”

If Australia were to ever win the Eurovision song contest, the competition would be co-hosted by Australian broadcaster SBS and another European public broadcaster in Europe.

So far, Australia has achieved four top-10 finishes in the competition and fans are hoping this year their entry, Montaigne, will go just as far, if not win.

The best result they have achieved was in 2016 when Dami Im finished in second place with her song Sound of Silence.

Guy Sebastian finished fifth place in 2015, and both Isaiah Firebrace and Kate Miller-Heidke finishing ninth in 2017 and 2019.

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Who is representing Australia in Eurovision 2021?

Jessica Alyssa Cerro, also known by her stage name Montaigne is representing Australia in Eurovision 2021 with the song, Technicolour.

Montaigne, 25 is an Australian art-pop singer, songwriter and musician from Sydney, New South Wales.

In December 2019, Montaigne competed in Eurovision – Australia Decides in a bid to represent Australia in Eurovision.

As the winner of the competition, Montaigne was originally supposed to compete in the 2020 contest with the single Don’t Break Me but sadly, the event was cancelled.

Unfortunately, Montaigne will not be present at the Eurovision 2021 Song Contest in Rotterdam.

Instead, Australia will compete virtually as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, the only country to do so.

The performance submitted to the Eurovision Song Contest was recorded in March 2021.

Eurovision semi-final 2 airs Thursday, May 20 on BBC Four at 8pm

The Eurovision Final airs Saturday, May 22 on BBC one at 8pm

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