Kate Miller-Heidke to represent Australia at Eurovision 2019
Kate Miller-Heidke has been crowned the winner of the first ever 'Eurovision – Australia Decides' during the Live TV Final on SBS on Saturday 9 February.
View here winning performance HERE.
Kate took to the stage to perform her song Zero Gravity, alongside some of Australia’s biggest artists and the scores of the viewing public and jury were combined for the official results.
After winning over the Australian public with 87 points and a jury of industry experts with 48 points, an impressive 135 points overall, Kate has been selected to represent Australia at the Eurovision Song Contest 2019, to be held in Tel Aviv, Israel and broadcast exclusively on SBS in May.
Electric Fields took out second place with their song '2000 and Whatever' being awarded 114 points overall, while Sheppard came in third place with On My Way on 87 points.
Kate Miller-Heidke said: “I’m totally overwhelmed! 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.”
SBS Commissioning Editor Josh Martin said: “This could seriously be the year that Australia wins Eurovision! Kate’s performance tonight was quite simply breathtaking and the response from the Australian public has been overwhelming. All of us here at SBS are so thrilled that the whole country has embraced this truly diverse and inclusive show and I know that Eurovision fans will adore Kate as much as we do when we get to Tel Aviv in May!”
Creative Director of Eurovision – Australia Decides Paul Clarke said: “It’s a win for out of the box brilliance, which Eurovision devours. It’s a standout song with mesmerising staging. Kate is a total original and Eurovision will love her. Electric Fields delivered a stellar performance, and came so close, but it was Kate’s night. I want to thank all the artists who made the first ever selection show a spectacular success and all the fans who got behind them. The road to Eurovision 2019 has begun!”
Hosted by comedian Joel Creasey and music buff Myf Warhurst, Eurovision – Australia Decides showcased the best of Australian music and brought the nation closer to the Eurovision action.
In association with the Queensland Government via Tourism and Events Queensland and the City of Gold Coast, Eurovision – Australia Decides was presented at the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre to a live audience.
Tourism Industry Development Minister Kate Jones said: “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. We were lucky to have just a taste of the global phenomenon that is Eurovision with Eurovision - Australia Decides on the Gold Coast. The Queensland Government supported the event through Tourism and Events Queensland and we wish Kate the performance of a lifetime in Tel Aviv.”
Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate said: “What a night! The Gold Coast always knows how to put on a show and Eurovision – Australia Decides is up there with the best. A big congratulations to all the contestants and the production and broadcast teams for putting on a spectacular show. I’m sure every Gold Coaster will be cheering on tonight’s winner at Eurovision in May.”