In the first-ever Australian televised national selection Eurovision - Australia Decides, broadcast from the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre, Kate Miller-Heidke was chosen to represent her country in Tel Aviv.
Kate's first reaction: “I’m totally overwhelmed! This has been a peak experience already, and I’m dying with excitement at what’s to come. Thanks to everyone who voted, and to all the other artists who provided such a brilliant, eclectic and stiff competition. I’ve had a ball, and I’m so grateful and thrilled that I get to represent Australia at Eurovision in 2019.”
Kate will perform her song Zero Gravity in the second half of the first Semi-Final on the 14th of May.
After winning over the Australian public with 87 points and a jury of industry experts with 48 points, an impressive 135 points overall, Kate was crowned the winner of Eurovision - Australia Decides.
Electric Fields took out second place with their song 2000 and Whatever being awarded 114 points overall, while Sheppard came in third place with On My Way on 87 points.
Kate Miller-Heidke is an award-winning singer-songwriter who traverses the worlds of contemporary pop, folk and opera. She has released four studio albums in Australia, achieving multi-platinum status and appearing in the top 10 album and singles charts numerous times.
Her most recent album O Vertigo! debuted at number four on the Australian album charts, broke Australian crowdfunding records and was nominated for an ARIA award. Her previous albums include Nightflight, which reached number two on the ARIA chart, and Curiouser, which reached double platinum sales in Australia and spawned the multi-platinum hits Last Day On Earth and Caught In The Crowd. She has performed with the New York Metropolitan Opera and the English National Opera, written an opera for children called The Rabbits, and co-wrote the music and lyrics for the recent hit stage production Muriel’s Wedding: The Musical.
During the Jury Preview Show on Friday 8 February, a Jury of industry experts has voted. During the Live TV Final on Saturday 9 February, the Australian public was able to cast its vote for their favourite acts. The public vote made up half of the overall vote . The finalist with the most points overall has been chosen to represent Australia at the 64th Eurovision Song Contest in May.
Myf Warhust and Joel Creasy, known to the Australian audience as their commentators for the Eurovision Song Contest, will host the live show.
The ten finalists performed in the following order:
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