Iceland was crowned Australia’s favorite ESC 2020 entry while Montaigne showed to the audience how she would have performed her entry on Ahoy Rotterdam’s stage. 

The Australian broadcaster, SBS, brought the fans together through a special alternative Eurovision show,  Eurovision 2020: Big Night In! hosted by Myf Warhurst and Joel Creasey.

The Aussies had the chance to cast their votes choosing  their favourite 2020 acts, and it was time for the nation to watch the results unfold on their screens in a three hour show. Iceland’s Daði & Gagnamagnið were crowned winner of Eurovision 2020: Big Night In! with their synth-pop track Think About Things. Second came Russia with  Little Big with their song Uno, while Lithuania’s The Roop finished third with their indie-pop entry On Fire.

 SBS Commissioning Editor and Australian Head of Delegation Josh Martin said:

Move over Bjork, Australians have voted Daði og Gagnamagnið as our new favourite Icelandic artists with a beautiful song honouring a parent’s love for a newborn. SBS is proud to have given Eurovision fans some sort of closure to this year’s contest and, although we’ll never know who might have won the song contest this year, Montaigne’s performance tonight was incredible. I have no doubt she would have done Australia proud and finished high on the leader board!

The viewers had the chance to watch an exclusive studio performance of Don’t Break Me. The performance gave to Montaigne the opportunity to reveal the concept she’d had planned for the Rotterdam stage.

Montainge's moving performance

Montaigne said about the performance:

To bring a song to life on the Eurovision stage takes a lot of hard-working creative people, and though we don’t get the real stage, I’m grateful that we get to show off our baby — of which we are very proud — to the public. The core team at Blink TV and SBS did an amazing job of finding recruits who understood my niche interests (dungeons & dragons, fantasy, anime and animation) and could fuse that with the emotional content as well as a ‘popular’ aesthetic. Now it’s back to the drawing board. I’m excited to cook up something fresh and new for 2021!

The Show’s special guests

Eurovision 2020: Big Night In!  saw an impressive line up of  special guests performing throughout the night several ESC entries. Kate Miller-Heidke, Electric Fields, Courtney Act, Jack Vidgen, Jaguar Jonze, Isaiah, Ella Hooper and, of course, Jessica Mauboy featured the show performing Jessica’s entry “We Got Love”.

The composer of the Cypriot ESC 2020 entry, Alfie Arcuri gave an impressive acoustic performance of Running, which was due to be performed by Sandro in Rotterdam in this year’s edtion.

Additionally, the performance that stood out was that  of brand-new Eurovision act, Lars Erickssong (Will Ferrell) and Sigrit Ericksdottir (Rachel McAdams) with their music video for Volcano Man. SBS offered to the viewers an exclusive display of the clip from Netflix comedy Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of the Fire Saga, written by Will Ferrell.

The Australian broadcaster will conclude its special Eurovision week with airing the show “Eurovision: Europe Shine A Light” at 21:00 CET.

News/photo Source: SBS