Eurovision 2019: Kate Miller-Heidke to represent Australia

Carla Harmon
February 10, 2019

This year was the first in which the public had been able to vote on who Australia sends to the song contest.

The 37-year-old singer-songwriter beat out nine other musical acts for the coveted spot, and she reacted in shock and excitement when the announcement was made on Saturday night.

Electric Fields took out second place with their song 2000 And Whatever, while Sheppard came in third place with On My Way. Miller-Heidke said she wrote "Zero Gravity" as she was recovering from post-natal depression.

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She came out on top with a total of 135 points, 87 points from the public and 48 points from the jury of industry experts.

"This could seriously be the year that Australia wins Eurovision!" said SBS Commissioning Editor Josh Martin.

Australia is a relatively recent entrant to the Eurovision Song Contest.

Dressed like one of those retro cakes that has a doll stuck in its middle, Miller-Heidke performed her new operatic pop song "Zero Gravity", which was just released late last month.

But activists for the Palestinian-led global Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement have been calling on musicians and broadcasters to refuse to participate in this year's song contest as part of a broader campaign against Israel's occupation of Palestine.

"It's a win for out of the box brilliance, which Eurovision devours", he said.

The show flaunted Australian talent before the contenders even took to the stage. Australian Idol alum Casey Donovan started the show with her take on Guy Sebastian's Tonight Again, which Sebastian took to a #5 place at Eurovision in 2015. "All of us here at SBS are so thrilled that the whole country has embraced this truly diverse and inclusive show and I know that Eurovision fans will adore Kate as much as we do when we get to Tel Aviv in May!"

Jessica Mauboy performed at the event in 2014 as an interval act.

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