Overnight, Brisbane singer song-writer Kate Miller-Heidke was selected to represent Australia at Eurovision 2019 after our first ever public vote, romping home with a combined total of 135 points from the audience and the jury.
She is understandably over the moon at her success, and earlier this morning, she released a video thanking everyone who supported her. “It was a fierce competition and I’m beyond thrilled that you chose me to represent Australia at Eurovision,” she said.
I can’t believe it. Thank you SO MUCH to everyone who voted. We did it! It was a fierce competition and I’m beyond thrilled that you chose me to represent Australia at Eurovision 2019. #eurovision2019 #ausdecides #eurovision pic.twitter.com/eH70dbRtcu
— Kate Miller-Heidke (@kmillerheidke) February 9, 2019
Kate Miller-Heidke rocked the judges with a rousing performance of her operatic pop song ‘Zero Gravity‘, which came complete with an elaborate headdress and a dancer in midair, the kind of production values they absolutely eat up at Eurovision.
She beat out Electric Fields and Sheppard to take out the number one spot, and you can read our recap of the night right here.
Miller-Heidke will now be headed to Israel, where she’ll represent Australia on May 14. An SBS representative told Pedestrian that it will broadcast the show as per normal, in spite of controversy around the location, saying:
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“SBS respects and supports the right for people to express their views. SBS has been proudly broadcasting Eurovision for 35 years and we will continue to do so in 2019 because of the spirit of the event in bringing people and cultures together in a celebration of diversity and inclusion through music.”