SBS Australia’s Eurovision: Australia Decides has unearthed the country’s second national final winner. Australia has decided to give their douze points to Montaigne. In May she will head a convoy bound for Rotterdam’s Ahoy Arena to compete in the Eurovision Song Contest for 2020 with her song ‘Don’t Break Me’.
“This is wild! I started out just grateful to be a part of Eurovision but this is fricken insane! Thank you to everyone who gave me their vote, I’m so excited to go to Rotterdam and give it a red hot go!” – Montaigne
A total of 10 finalists took to the stage inside the intimate Gold Coast Exhibition and Convention Centre, each diverse in style and presentation. The winner was decided by a mix of jury votes (collated at a non-televised performance the previous night) and public votes (compiled via SMS).
When DNA met with the finalists before the show, they had this to say:
The 2020 contenders included: Aussie icon Vanessa Amorosi, powerhouse entertainer Casey Donovan, rising First Nations artist Mitch Tambo, glam rock star iOTA, alternative artist Didirri, The Voice winner Diana Rouvas, Australia’s Got Talent winner Jack Vidgen, 20-year-old emerging singer-songwriter Jordan-Ravi and Taiwanese-Australian multi-media artist Jaguar Jonze, and of course art pop auteur Montaigne.
1. Montaigne – Don’t Break Me (107)
2. Casey Donovan – Proud (100)
3. Vanessa Amorosi – Lessons of Love (82)
4. Didirri – Raw Stuff (63)
5. Mitch Tambo – Together (57)
6. Jaguar Jonze – Rabbit Hole (46)
7. Diana Rouvas – Can We Make Heaven (42)
8. Jack Vidgen – I Am King I Am Queen (34)
9. iOTA – Life (32)
10. Jordan-Ravi – Pushing Stars (23)
Montaigne will thus represent the Australia in the 65th Eurovision Song Contest. Congratulations!