SBS reveals two more artists for Eurovision – Australia Decides 2020
SBS and production partner Blink TV today revealed two more artists to join the Eurovision – Australia Decides line-up in February 2020.
Hosted on the Gold Coast and broadcast live and exclusively on SBS, art pop auteur Montaigne and alternative artist 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.
Montaigne said: “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. And of course to represent my country! 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.”
At only 24, the Sydney-based artist has become a major name in Aussie indie music. The past few years have seen her recognised 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.
Didirri 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. I’m a fan of ABBA, they wrote unfiltered, iconic anthems. My sister and I used to sing their stuff together in the bathroom. Who knows how they have influenced me, I’m quite a mix bag of ideas. 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.”
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.
SBS Commissioning Editor for Entertainment Josh Martin said: “Montaigne and Didirri are two of the most intriguing artists in Australia at the moment and they bring with them a strong Triple J fan base highlighting yet again how inclusive and exciting Eurovision – Australia Decides is. This is the only show in Australia that can bring together such an amazing group of artists performing original music – and with four more artists still to be announced, this is going to be an incredibly difficult decision for Australia to make!”
Creative Director of Eurovision – Australia Decides Paul Clarke said: “I’ve been watching the careers of Didirri and Montaigne for a long time. They’ve been two of the most exciting Australian songwriters and performers to emerge in recent years, and we’re delighted to have them perform in Eurovision – Australia Decides. They bring a different energy and audience to the event, and you can feel the brilliant diversity of talent who are gathering. We can promise a terrific show in February – it will be next level! We’re also planning some excellent surprise guests for the Opening Night and Matinee shows, so it’s worth seeing them live on the Gold Coast.”
In association with the Queensland Government via Tourism and Events Queensland, the City of Gold Coast, Screen Queensland, APRA AMCOS and Moroccanoil, Eurovision – Australia Decides will be presented at the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre on Friday 7 and Saturday 8 February and tickets for the Opening Night Show, Matinee Show and Live TV Final are now on sale.
Hosted by SBS Eurovisionaries comedian Joel Creasey and music buff Myf Warhurst Eurovision – Australia Decides will showcase the best of Australian music and bring the nation closer to the Eurovision action. Audiences are encouraged to vote for their favourite acts and the winner will be revealed during the Live TV Final broadcast exclusively on SBS on Saturday 8 February.
Two more artists revealed for Eurovision – Australia Decides 2020
Today SBS announced two more artists who will participate in Eurovision – Australia Decides Gold Coast 2020.
Emerging First Nations artist Mitch Tambo and multi award winning singer-songwriter and actor iOTA will join previously announced artists Casey Donovan and Vanessa Amorosi, with six more artists still to be announced.
Mitch Tambo said, “I’m thrilled to be part of Eurovision – Australia Decides in 2020 and to possibly have the chance to perform on the world’s biggest stage. Eurovision songs often mix elements of traditional and contemporary sounds, which is exactly what I set out to do in my own music. Most importantly, it brings different cultures together all under the banner of music, which is beautiful thing!”
iOTA said: “I’m not your typical music competition kind of guy, but I am attracted to the Eurovision Song Contest for the colour and movement… music and performance… light and shade… creativity and self-expression… singing and working an audience.”
Creative Director of Eurovision – Australia Decides 2020 Paul Clarke said:
“How brilliant to include the Doof Warrior in our Eurovision story? It’s as if iOTA has a special license for mischief and danger when performing in our most iconic films. We have a brilliant song and stage moment in mind with him, which I can promise will deliver plenty of drama, along with more than a touch of mischief and danger.
Mitch Tambo has 500watt charisma in person, it’s like meeting Robbie Williams. But most importantly, when he sings it’s with great passion and inclusive spirit. I think Europe will be fascinated by him.”
Blink and SBS also welcome Morrocanoil as a new partner.
David Cohen, Global CEO said, “Morrocanoil is pleased to announce it will be partnering with Eurovision – Australia Decides 2020, and excited to share our premium brand and values across Australia through this successful event. As a professional haircare brand that focuses on supporting the creative community of hairstylists, we believe this show is the perfect partner and platform to support creative artistry.” Morrocanoil joins existing partners Tourism & Events Queensland, the City of Gold Coast, Screen Queensland and APRA AMCOS.
Eurovision – Australia Decides will be presented at the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre on Friday 7 and Saturday 8 February and tickets for the Opening Night Show, Matinee Show and Live TV Final are now on sale.
Hosted by SBS Eurovisionaries comedian Joel Creasey and music buff Myf Warhurst, Eurovision – Australia Decides 2020 will showcase the best of Australian music and bring the nation closer to the Eurovision action. Audiences are encouraged to vote for their favourite acts and the winner will be revealed during the Live TV Final, broadcast live and exclusively on SBS on Saturday 8 February.
Be a part of history and see it live at the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre.
To purchase tickets: https://premier.ticketek.com.au/shows/show.aspx?sh=EUROVISI20