Australia will not be present in Rotterdam and uses their back-up tape in May

Montaigne will represent Australia at the 2021 Eurovision Song Contest Photo: Nick Wilson

The Australian delegation will not be physically present at the Eurovision Song Contest 2021 in Rotterdam. The song ‘Technicolour’ by Montaigne will be presented through their prerecorded back-up tape during the first semi final on the 18th of May.

Earlier this month, Executive Producer Sietse Bakker already announced things are “difficult for Australia, for example. Because of all the travel restrictions.”

In a first reaction, Montaigne says that “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. I have the preternatural ability to let go of opportunities that don’t come through. Like water off a duck’s back. I could go into my past that has birthed this resilience in me but wouldn’t that be long and boring, ha!”

European countries have a good chance to be in Rotterdam

“European countries have a good chance of travelling here – especially those within the EU,” says Sietse Bakker, expecting all other nations to be there in May. “Our national government has issued an exemption for artists and delegations, on the same basis that other top sport events – like Champions League football – can continue.”

Better safe than sorry, though. Because of all the uncertainties surrounding coronavirus measures, the EBU has asked all participating countries to record a back-up-tape. “Most countries have put a lot of thought and energy into this,” Bakker says with a smile on his face. “There are a lot of hidden gems in there. We hope to get everyone to Rotterdam, but it’s great to see that our back-up plan is in place. That way, we can guarantee three amazing shows in May.”