Australia spoke, and Kate Miller-Heidke will represent at this year’s Eurovision Song Contest.
For the first time, Australians were invited to choose the nation’s entry for the annual competition via a special televised program, Eurovision – Australia Decides, held Saturday on the Gold Coast and broadcast on the publicly-funded SBS network.
Miller-Heidke and her song “Zero Gravity” came out on top when the scores of the viewing public and jury were tallied, beating out numbers by Electric Fields and Sheppard.
The Brisbane singer, who fuses her classical training with a flair for theatrics and a sharp wit, ruled the public vote with 87 points and impressed the panel of industry experts with 48 points, for 135 total points, well ahead of Electric Fields with their song “2000 and Whatever” (114 points overall) and Sheppard’s “On My Way” (87 points).
“I’m totally overwhelmed,” Miller-Heidke said after the televote. “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.”
On “Zero Gravity”, co-written with her husband and collaborator Keir Nuttall, Miller-Heidke explores her experience with post-natal depression, which she experienced after the birth of her son Ernie, in 2016.
“The song tries to capture the feeling of coming back to life,” she explained. “I really wanted to write a song that seamlessly blends pop and opera in a non-cheesy way.
Miller-Heidke independently-released her fourth and most recent studio album, ‘O Vertigo! which deubted at No. 4 on the ARIA Albums Chart in 2014. Her previous two LPs, Curiouser (September 2009) and Nightflight (April 2012) both reached No. 2.
Initially invited in 2015, Australia’s first four entries were all chosen internally through the broadcaster. Last year’s representative, Jessica Mauboy, also waved the flag for Australia at the 2014 contest in Copenhagen, Denmark where she performed during the interval of the second semi final.
The 64th Eurovision Song Contest will take in Tel Aviv, Israel in May.