Kate Miller-Heidke has secured Australia‘s spot in the Grand Final of the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest thanks to a soaring vocal performance and some equally lofty stage work.
Performing at the competition’s first semi-final in Tel Aviv, Miller-Heidke stunned voters with her operatic tune Zero Gravity.
Her latest rendition, which has been updated since Australia’s first televised decider, saw Miller-Heidke and two dancers sway metres above the stage.
The ambitious performance, along with her earlier showing for the Eurovision jury panel, was enough to secure Australia’s place in the big dance.
Other qualifiers from the first semi final include Greece, Belarus, Serbia, Cyprus, Estonia, Czech Republic, San Marino, and Slovenia.
Iceland also snuck through, thanks to Hatari and their leather-clad performance of Hatrið Mun Sigra. Is it as far away from Zero Gravity as you can get? Yes. Is it still suitably Eurovision? Also yes.
Miller-Heidke will have to do it again on Saturday May 18 to win the controversial competition, which critics say has been used to whitewash the international reputation of Israel and its treatment of neighbouring Palestine.
Australians will be able to view the Grand Final live on SBS from 5am, Sunday May 19.