SBS has now confirmed a total of 6 acts that will compete in Australia Decides, the national final taking place on the Gold Coast on February 8th.
SBS have revealed the next two artists who will participate in ‘Eurovision – Australia Decides’ in February.
Art pop auteur Montaigne and emerging singer-songwriter Didirri will perform an original song for their chance to represent the country at the Eurovision Song Contest 2020 in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.
They join four previously announced artists, Aussie icon Vanessa Amorosi, powerhouse entertainer Casey Donovan, rising First Nations artist Mitch Tambo, award-winning singer-songwriter iOTA and four more artists yet to be revealed
“I’m excited to participate in Eurovision – Australia Decides for the opportunity to release the part of me that is dramatic and extreme. 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,” says Montaigne.
At only 24, the Sydney-based artist has become a major name in Aussie indie music. The past few years have seen her recognized for her work with multiple spots on the Triple J’s Hottest 100, an ARIA award for Best Breakthrough Artist and a nomination for Best Female Artist on her debut album ‘Glorious Heights’. Her sophomore album ‘COMPLEX’ was released in August to critical acclaim.
Montaigne went on to say she’d relish the chance to represent Australia on the world stage. “I didn’t quite get that far in football, so it would be cool to do it in music. It’s like the World Cup for pop.”
“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,” says Didirri.
Didirri’s debut EP ‘Measurements’ has collected over 30 million streams, and led to Didirri playing such renowned festivals as the UK’s The Great Escape and Latitude Festival, Australia’s Splendour In The Grass and Barcelona’s Primavera Sound. In a matter of months, he toured the US and UK twice and shared the stage with well-known acts Vance Joy, Hozier, Tash Sultana, The Temper Trap and more.
“Personal experience inspires most of my own writing – all I hope to do is to help people express some part of themselves. I’m also over the moon to be joining the line-up with my friend Montaigne who I respect very much.”
We’re now up to knowing six artists for the second edition of Australia Decides. Will one of these be the winner and represent Australia in Rotterdam? Or will there be a favorite emerging from the next four we have yet to learn?
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