Kate Miller-Heidke has been crowned the winner of the first ever Eurovision – Australia Decides during the Live TV Final on SBS on Saturday 9 February.
Miller-Heidke performed her song Zero Gravity alongside some of Australia’s biggest artists and the scores of the viewing public and jury were combined for the official results.
After winning over the Australian public with 87 points and a jury of industry experts with 48 points, an impressive 135 points overall, Kate has been selected to represent Australia at the Eurovision Song Contest 2019, to be held in Tel Aviv, Israel and broadcast exclusively on SBS in May.
Electric Fields took out second place with their song 2000 and Whatever being awarded 114 points overall, while Sheppard came in third place with On My Way on 87 points.
Miller-Heidke said she was “overwhelmed and that “this has been a peak experience already”.
She continued: “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”.
SBS commissioning editor Josh Martin said: “This could seriously be the year that Australia wins Eurovision!”
Eurovision – Australia Decides creative director of Paul Clarke said: “It’s a win for out of the box brilliance, which Eurovision devours.
“It’s a standout song with mesmerising staging.
“Kate is a total original and Eurovision will love her”.
Hosted by comedian Joel Creasey and music buff Myf Warhurst, Eurovision – Australia Decides showcased the best of Australian music and brought the nation closer to the Eurovision action.
Eurovision 2019 runs from May 14-18, taking place in Tel Aviv, Israel.