Kate Miller-Heidke will represent Australia at the Eurovision Song Contest 2019, having won the first ever Eurovision – Australia Decides with her new song Zero Gravity. The singer-songwriter, who trained as a classical opera singer before moving into the pop world, was voted the winner by the Australian public and a jury of industry experts and as a result will go on to compete at the Eurovision Song Contest 2019 in Tel Aviv, Israel.
Kate Miller-Heidke performing at Eurovision – Australia Decides. Photo © SBS
“I’m totally overwhelmed! This has been a peak experience already, and I’m dying with excitement at what’s to come,” she said. “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’s recent successes include her Helpmann Award-winning score (with Keir Nuttall) for the musical Muriel’s Wedding – set to open in Melbourne in March following a sold-out Sydney season in 2017-2018 – and Helpmann Awards for Best Original Score (with Iain Grandage) and Best New Australian Work (with Lally Katz and Iain Grandage) for her opera The Rabbits in 2015. The indie pop star has also sung the role of Baby Jane in Richard Thomas and Stewart Lee’s Jerry Springer: The Opera at the Sydney Opera House and performed in the Metropolitan Opera of New York’s production of John Adams’ The Death of Klinghoffer.
“Zero Gravity is about emerging from depression into balance again,” Miller-Heidke wrote on Instagram, of her winning song, which makes use of the singer’s coloratura soprano. “It tries to capture the sensation of colour returning to your life, of feeling strong, joyful and relieved.”
In the final round of Eurovision – Australia Decides, Miller-Heidke beat out Electric Fields, who took second place with their song 2000 and Whatever, and Sheppard, who came in third with On My Way. Miller-Heidke competed in a final ten that also included classical crossover star Mark Vincent, who sang This is Not The End, and rock music icon Ella Hooper, who’s number Data Dust was written by composer Alice Chance.
Miller-Heidke will compete in the Eurovision Song Contest 2019 in May, with the competition broadcast exclusively on SBS.