Australia has chosen Brisbane-born singer-songwriter Kate Miller-Heidke as this year’s Eurovision contender.
Miller-Heidke beat nine other Aussie acts to win the selection competition at the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre to represent Australia at the Eurovision Song Contest, which will be held in May in Tel Aviv.
“I’m totally overwhelmed! This has been a peak experience already, and I’m dying with excitement at what’s to come,” Miller-Heidke told broadcaster SBS.
“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.”
Miller-Heidke wore a tall silver dress and a headpiece as she performed operatic pop track Zero Gravity, which she said was about her experience with postnatal depression.
Electronic duo Electric Fields came in second, with their song 2000 and Whatever, while Brisbane band Sheppard took third place with On My Way.
Eurovision: Australia Decides creative director Paul Clarke said Miller-Heidke’s Eurovision entry is “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,” Clarke said.
“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!”
This year’s Eurovision semi-finals will be help on May 14th and 16th, ahead of the big decider on May 18th.
Last year, Israeli singer Netta Barzilai won the contest, helping to bring the competition to her country this year.
Australia’s candidate Jessica Mauboy, who has toured with Beyonce in the past, finished 20th.
I can’t believe it. Thank you SO MUCH to everyone who voted. We did it! It was a fierce competition and I’m beyond thrilled that you chose me to represent Australia at Eurovision 2019. #eurovision2019 #ausdecides #eurovision pic.twitter.com/eH70dbRtcu
— Kate Miller-Heidke (@kmillerheidke) February 9, 2019