Australia has chosen – our Eurovision 2019 representative is… Kate Miller-Heidke!
The award winning singer-songwriter was one of the 10 acts that took to the stage at the Gold Coast Convention Centre last night.
It’s the first time the Australian public has been allowed to decide who represents them at the international song contest, which will take place in Israel in May.
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The 37-year-old was up against stiff competition, though managed to blow the audience away with her operatic pop-song ‘Zero Gravity’, which is about overcoming postnatal depression.
Other acts in the running included much-loved indie pop band Sheppard, modern electric-soul duo Electric Fields, legendary drag queen and reality television veteran Courtney Act, pop-opera star Mark Vincent, 16-year-old singer-songwriter Leea Nanos, rock music icon Ella Hooper, Tania Doko, The Voice winner Alfie Arcuri and Aydan.
Of the 10 acts, Miller Heidke won the most votes from the jury and the public.
“Argh!! Thank you so much for voting for me! Absolutely overwhelmed right now,” she said on her Twitter.
Argh!! Thank you so much for voting for me! Absolutely overwhelmed right now. https://t.co/wGETtibQuE
— Kate Miller-Heidke (@kmillerheidke) February 9, 2019
The jury gave Kate Miller-Heidke’s performance 48 points, and she earned 87 point from the public, bringing her to a total of 135 points.
Electric Fields placed a very close second after their performance of ‘2000 and whatever’ sent the Gold Coast crowd wild and in third place was Sheppard with their new single ‘On My Way’.
This year will be Australia’s fifth consecutive year in the contest, which will take place in Tel Aviv in May.
It will be the 64th edition of the Eurovision Song Contest.
To watch the performance back on SBS, click here.