Kate Miller-Heidke wins Australian Eurovision spot with 'breathtaking' song

Joann Johnston
February 10, 2019

She ousted a field of nine other acts that included the likes of Brisbane indie band Sheppard, former The Voice victor Alfie Arcuri and even a talented 16-year-old by the name of Leea Manos.

She came out on top with a total of 135 points, 87 points from the public and 48 points from the jury of industry experts.

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. Though Australia has participated in Eurovision since 2015, this was the first time the Australian public had input on deciding the act sent.

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

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.

He said that having faced abuse as a young child as well, he was driven to help others in similar situations.

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Miller-Heidke is likely to come under increased scrutiny, as activists have been calling for artists and broadcasters to boycott the event so long as the final is hosted in Israel. "We are delighted for Michael and are proud to take Bigger Than Us to the Eurovision Song Contest final in May".

The award winning singer-songwriter was one of the 10 acts that took to the stage at the Gold Coast Convention Centre last night.

The contest was won by Israeli singer Netta with her song Toy which had the message of encouraging people to celebrate their differences.

It will be the 64th edition of the Eurovision Song Contest.

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

The calls follow protests outside SBS's headquarters and petitions to broadcasters and artists both in Australia and internationally.

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