Eurovision 2020

🇦🇺 Montaigne and Didirri join Eurovision – Australia Decides lineup

SBS have revealed the next two names taking part in Eurovision – Australia Decides in February. This time, they’ve announced two young prospects who will take the stage: Montaigne and Didirri.

Montaigne: Aussie indie music

On the SBS website, Montaigne is described as one of the big names in Australian indie music. She’s just 24 years old, but has already received the ARIA Award for Best Breakthrough Artist. Her latest album, “COMPLEX”, received raving reviews soon after its launch in August. Montaigne has released several singles from that album, including “Ready“.

Montaigne will show a new side of herself during the national final on the Gold Coast. So far, she has kept her dramatic and extreme side to herself, but an opportunity to go to the Eurovision Song Contest is her chance to let it all out. She says:

I manage to do it without a massive international music event as impetus, but on the big stage in Europe in front of millions would be everything the drama queen egomaniac inside me could want, and more. It’s licence to let her out!

Montaigne to SBS

Didirri: New kid on the block

When speaking to SBS, Didirri admitted he’s new to the entire Eurovision circus. He’s not familiar with what it is, but is happy to be part of it now. Didirri isn’t a musician for fireworks. Like Montaigne, he’s well respected within the indie music community of Australia.

His career also stretches to Europe. Recently, Didirri has been performing at several festivals throughout Europe, such as Primavera Sound in Barcelona and the Latitude Festival in Suffolk. There, he impressed with his stripped back anthems. Simplicity is key for Didirri, something he showed in his latest single “Blue Mood Rising” as well.

About his upcoming adventure in Eurovision – Australia Decides, Didirri has said:

I have always been interested in writers. Although the world of Eurovision is new to me, from the outside it seems to respect a well-written song above all else. People seem to be free to express their art in whatever way they want

Didirri to SBS

Six acts now confirmed

SBS have so far confirmed six acts for their national final in February. More acts will certainly follow later, but Australia can already be very excited for a show which will include some excellent performers.

The announcements started a while ago with a bang. Immediately, SBS gave us two big names on their music scene: Vanessa Amorosi and Casey Donovan. This was in similar fashion to last year’s announcement when they chose to announce Sheppard and Kate Miller-Heidke as the first names.

Soon after we heard about Amorosi and Donova, SBS revealed the next two names. This time, they went with some extravagant quality, selecting Mitch Tambo and iOTA.

More acts are expected soon, so stay tune to find out more about Eurovision – Australia Decides! In the meantime, let us know who you’re most excited for so far!

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Nick van Lith

I'm one of the founding members of ESCXTRA.com. Seven years after the start, I'm proud that I am now the Deputy Editor-in-Chief of this wonderful website. When I'm not doing Eurovision stuff, you should be able to find me teaching German to kids...

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