Published: Sun, February 10, 2019
Arts&Culture | By Matthew Castillo

Eurovision 2019: Kate Miller-Heidke to represent Australia

Eurovision 2019: Kate Miller-Heidke to represent Australia

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.

Miller-Heidke won both the jury and the public vote.

Electric Fields and Sheppard rounded out the top three.

The lyrics to her song detail her struggle with post-natal depression and the feeling of weightlessness as she recovered.

Miller-Heidke sent the crowd and social media commentators into raptures with her extravagant performance, which included stunning high operatic notes which she handled with aplomb.

"It's a standout song with mesmerising staging".

Most notably, Kate has beaten Courtney Act to Eurovision glory, after the Celebrity Big Brother victor and RuPaul's Drag Race royalty entered the national selection with her song Fight For Love. Electric Fields delivered a stellar performance, and came so close, but it was Kate's night.

"We were lucky to have just a taste of the global phenomenon that is Eurovision with Eurovision - Australia Decides on the Gold Coast".

And Michael certainly has the backing of Eurovision: You Decide team with BBC producer Mel Balac adding: 'This has been such an exciting year for Eurovision: You Decide, with new format changes that we hope have really made the competition and programme more geared to find the ideal song.

"Having a child shakes your world".

Eurovision 2019 will be held in Tel Aviv on May 18.

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

BDS Australia also staged protests outside and inside the Gold Coast event on Saturday night. Around a dozen protesters representing the pro-Palestinian Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement demonstrated outside the venue, calling for artists, fans, and SBS itself to wind back its support of Israel's hosting duties.

Britain has not won Eurovision since "Love Shine a Light" by Katrina & the Waves triumphed in 1997-before Rice was born.

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