Kate Miller-Heidke Set To Rep Australia At Eurovision

Danny Woods
February 10, 2019

Last year's United Kingdom entrant SuRie finished 24th out of 26 in the Eurovision song contest after a stage invader interrupted her performance by grabbing the mic and shouting slogans about the media.

It was the first time the public was allowed to vote for its contestant.

Kate Miller-Heidke performs Zero Gravity during the 2019 Eurovision - Australia Decides final at the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre.

"Well, it's a song about coming out of depression and it tries to capture that feeling of transcending a long period of feeling low", she told SBS.

Rice, who won BBC One's singing competition All Together Now's £50,000 prize a year ago, added that his track "might just be a ballad but that song's got a big message and I can't wait to perform it and show the rest of the world what this song's all about".

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Miller-Heidke said she will be thinking about the Eurovision message of inclusivity when she takes to the world stage.

It comes after Jess Mauboy failed to crack the top 10 at last year's Eurovision, with Israel's very eccentric singer, Netta, taking home the gold. Electric Fields delivered a stellar performance, and came so close, but it was Kate's night. This year's contest will be held in Tel Aviv in May.

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

Rice, who was voted into the finals of You Decide by judges Rylan Clark-Neal, Mollie King and Martin Humes, will automatically be put through to the finals of Eurovision as the United Kingdom are part of the big five - meaning that they are one of few countries that don't have to compete in the semi-finals.

"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. The Queensland Government supported the event through Tourism and Events Queensland and we wish Kate the performance of a lifetime in Tel Aviv". Dami Im, who charged to a #2 finish at the 2016 contest, capped the show off with a solo piano performance of Sound Of Silence moments before the final announcement.

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