Friday, 22 February, 2019

Kate Miller-Heidke will represent Australia at the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest

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Herman Weaver | 10 February, 2019, 18:43

"It's a standout song with mesmerising staging, Kate is a total original and Eurovision will love her".

Co-written with her husband Keir Nuttall, Kate Miller-Heidke's song Zero Gravity explores the singer's experience with post-natal depression, which she suffered after the birth of her son, Ernie, in 2016.

The 37-year-old singer-songwriter earned the spot by winning the first ever Australia Decides competition on Saturday evening, held at the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre, which saw 10 Australian acts perform for the public vote (conducted through text message) and before a panel of judges.

A celebrity panel and viewers at home make the decision on which song represents the United Kingdom at the sixty-fourth Eurovision Song Contest, which will be held in Tel Aviv, Israel, in May 2019.

"The song tries to capture the feeling when I was coming out of [the depression] and the world was getting its colour back", she said in an interview ahead of her performance.

Speaking on Saturday night, Miller-Heidke said she was "so grateful and thrilled" to represent Australia at Eurovision.

Three million Aussies watched Eurovision previous year. "We are delighted for Michael and are proud to take Bigger Than Us to the Eurovision Song Contest final in May". Electric Fields delivered a stellar performance, and came so close, but it was Kate's night.

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Fans said they feel the song could be a victor at Eurovision in May.

"Argh! Thank you so much for voting for me!"

"Kate will be a wonderful ambassador for Australia and Queensland at Eurovision - showcasing our local talent to a global audience of around 200 million people".

Ireland has won the most Eurovision finals, with seven wins.

The viewers of Australia Decides chose Kate out of 10 hopefuls to go to Tel Aviv, after her dramatic song Zero Gravity impressed the public.

Australia competing in Eurovision started with Guy Sebastian in 2015, followed by Dami Im, Isaiah and Jess Mauboy.

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