Griffith grad Kate Miller-Heidke to represent Australia at Eurovision

Lula Sharp
February 12, 2019

Miller-Heidke was chosen from 10 Australian acts by a panel of judges and the Australian public on Saturday night during a live broadcast on SBS from the Gold Coast Convention Centre. This year was the first in which the public had been able to vote on who Australia sends to the song contest.

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He further claimed Kate's crowning was "an historic moment".

Rice, who won BBC One's singing competition All Together Now's £50,000 prize a year ago, added that his track "might just be a ballad but that song's got a big message and I can't wait to perform it and show the rest of the world what this song's all about". "Thanks to everyone who voted, and to all the other artists who provided such a brilliant, eclectic and stiff competition", she said.

"It was a fierce competition and I'm beyond thrilled that you chose me to represent Australia at Eurovision 2019".

In addition to her astonishing vocals, Kate stunned on the stage in an elaborate Frozen-style gown which was complemented by an icicle-style headpiece.

Miller-Heidke topped Saturday's scoreboard, narrowly beating electronic group Electric Fields. Sheppard took the third place with On My Way on 87 points.

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Kate was one of the most famous entrants in this year's live decider, best known for her 2008 track Caught In The Growd.

"SBS has been proudly broadcasting Eurovision for 35 years and we will continue to do so in 2019 because of the spirit of the event in bringing people and cultures together in a celebration of diversity and inclusion through music".

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

SBS took the opportunity on Saturday to unveil its new brand position to the big Eurovision audience, "a world of difference", encouraging all Australians to embrace and celebrate difference, and reinforcing SBS's commitment to contributing to an inclusive society.

Kate is the second Queensland Conservatorium alumnus to represent Australia at Eurovision, after Dami Im was crowned runner-up at the 2016 Eurovision finals.

Tough act to follow!

The song proved such a hit with crowds around Europe, she was crowned the victor of Eurovision 2018.

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