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Kate Miller-Heidke Set To Rep Australia At Eurovision

Kate Miller-Heidke Set To Rep Australia At Eurovision

Kate Miller-Heidke has been formally selected to represent Australia at the 64th annual Eurovision song contest.

The artists competed as part of the very first public vote for Australia's representative at the Eurovision - Australia Decides contest on the Gold Coast on Saturday.

The exuberant crowd cheered the singer with fans also feeling equally uplifted at the end of the performance.

Australia have ranked well in the Eurovision Song Contest since they joined in 2015, coming fifth with Guy Sebastian's Tonight Again, and second with Dani Im's Sound of Silence in 2016 (she was robbed, tbh).

Miller-Heidke's performance was defined by an absolute belter of an operatic note, but her dramatic aerial staging - which saw a swaying dancer hoisted metres off the ground - may have helped, too.

Three million Aussies watched Eurovision a year ago.

"It means true inclusivity and diversity; and it means breaking down of genres and anything goes". That is going to be top five.

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Paul Clarke, the creative director of Eurovision - Australia Decides, describedMiller-Heidke's victory as "a win for out-of-the-box brilliance, which Eurovision devours". "All of us here at SBS are so thrilled that the whole country has embraced this truly diverse and inclusive show and I know that Eurovision fans will adore Kate as much as we do when we get to Tel Aviv in May!"

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

Eurovision: You Decide is back for 2019 with a brand new format!

Britain has not won Eurovision since "Love Shine a Light" by Katrina & the Waves triumphed in 1997-before Rice was born.

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.

Jessica Mauboy performed at the event in 2014 as an interval act.


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