Eurovision Song Contest 2019 Kate Miller Heidke to represent Australia

Brenda Watkins
February 10, 2019

In Australia's first-ever live decider on SBS, fans voted for their favourite song and artist after the ten acts performed on Queensland's Gold Coast.

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He will now go on to perform it at Eurovision in May, which takes place in Tel Aviv, Israel, following Netta's win previous year with her song, Toy.

Kate Miller-Heidke performing her song entry "Zero Gravity".

Speaking to the BBC about his song choice, which Rice mentioned is dedicated to his late father, he said: 'I believe in this song 100%. Electric Fields delivered a stellar performance, and came so close, but it was Kate's night.

Despite being a European contest, Australia has been competing in Eurovision since 2015.

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It's been good because we can work and at the same time, we can breathe a little. Not for Sunday, not for Wednesday but we will see after".

But activists for the Palestinian-led worldwide Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement have been calling on musicians and broadcasters to refuse to participate in this year's song contest as part of a broader campaign against Israel's occupation of Palestine.

Rice, who was voted into the finals of You Decide by judges Rylan Clark-Neal, Mollie King and Martin Humes, will automatically be put through to the finals of Eurovision as the United Kingdom are part of the big five - meaning that they are one of few countries that don't have to compete in the semi-finals.

Queensland Tourism Industry Development Minister Kate Jones said Kate will be getting a proud send-off.

Britain has not won Eurovision since "Love Shine a Light" by Katrina & the Waves triumphed in 1997-before Rice was born. "The Queensland Government supported the event through Tourism and Events Queensland and we wish Kate the performance of a lifetime in Tel Aviv".

The 37-year-old singer-songwriter beat out nine other musical acts for the coveted spot, and she reacted in shock and excitement when the announcement was made on Saturday night.

In 2016, Australia's Dami Im placed second in Eurovision, wowing the world with her song, Sound Of Silence.

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