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Eurovision' Australian Act Is Kate Miller-Heidke In A Giant Cake Dress

Eurovision 2019 UK Entry Revealed As Michael Rice And His Song Bigger Than Us Win Selection Show Kate Miller-Heidke And Her Operatic Madness Are Heading To Eurovision 2019
Charles Bowen | 10 February, 2019, 18:42

For the first time, this year's Eurovision contestant will be decided by the public.

Electric Fields took out second place with their song 2000 And Whatever, while Sheppard came in third place with On My Way.

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

' Thanks to everyone who voted, and to all the other artists who provided such a brilliant, eclectic and stiff competition.

The classically trained veteran singer-songwriter, who has been recognised on the pop charts and on the opera stage, beat nine other contenders to be chosen as Australia's Eurovision representative.

The 37-year-old told SBS World News that she continues to draw strength from the emotion and power of the song.

"The song tries to capture the feeling when I was coming out of [the depression] and the world was getting its colour back", she said in an interview ahead of her performance.

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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.

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

Fans said they feel the song could be a victor at Eurovision in May.

The creative director of Eurovision - Australia Decides, Paul Clarke, said it is clear to see why Miller-Heidke won over the jury and the public.

BBC producer Mel Balac said: "This has been such an exciting year for Eurovision: You Decide with new format changes that we hope have really made the competition and programme more geared to find the flawless song. 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!"

Kate is perhaps best known for her 2008 song "Caught In The Crowd" and was one of the more well-known faces taking part in the decider this year.

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

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