Who will represent Australia at the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest?

12 February, 2019, 20:13 | Author: Donna Miller
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Australia has voted for Kate Miller-Heidke to represent the country in the finals of the 2019 Eurovision song contest, with her operatic pop ballad Zero Gravity.

The public vote generated 87 points and a jury of industry experts with 48 points, an impressive 135 points overall.

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.

"It's an enormous honour and a responsibility - and I don't take it lightly".

Miller-Heidke is a former Sony Music artist, but she left the recording company several years ago to release her own material.

Israel was chosen to host Eurovision 2019 following their victory a year ago through singer Netta Barzilai.

"What an wonderful performance. My guess: top five in Europe", one fan said, delivering his verdict.

Miller-Heidke won both the popular vote and the received the best score from the judges, beating out the likes of Aussie band Sheppard, drag queen Courtney Act, and The Voice Australia 2016 victor Alfie Arcuri.

SBS commissioning editor Josh Martin said: "This could seriously be the year that Australia wins Eurovision!".

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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.

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Miller-Heidke took to social media to share her joy at winning a spot in the worldwide singing competition, which attracts a global audience of more than 200 million viewers.

Barzilai took to the stage in Lisbon, Portugal with her song Toy.

Paul Clarke, the creative director of Eurovision - Australia Decides, describedMiller-Heidke's victory as "a win for out-of-the-box brilliance, which Eurovision devours".

BDS Australia also staged protests outside and inside the Gold Coast event on Saturday night.

This year's contest will be held in Tel Aviv in May.

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

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