Kate Miller-Heidke chosen to represent Australia at Eurovision 2019

Kate Miller-Heidke chosen to represent Australia at Eurovision 2019

Miller-Heidke won 135 points overall, topping both the audience vote with 87 points and the jury vote with 48 points.

Despite the singer putting on a stellar performance and giving it her all at the song contest final in Portugal, she came in at number 20, right behind the Netherlands and Serbia.

She continued: "Thanks to everyone who voted, and to all the other artists who provided such a brilliant, eclectic and stiff competition".

Kate Miller-Heidke performs Zero Gravity on Saturday.

"This could seriously be the year that Australia wins Eurovision!" said SBS Commissioning Editor Josh Martin.

"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 ahead of her performance on Saturday.

He said that having faced abuse as a young child as well, he was driven to help others in similar situations.

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In that moment, we needed to stay in the match and we were not able to because we made a lot of mistakes against the wrong opponents.

Kate is the second Queensland Conservatorium alumnus to represent Australia at Eurovision, after Dami Im was crowned runner-up at the 2016 Eurovision finals. Eurovision superfan Mel Giedroyc and the victor of the Eurovision Song Contest 2015, Mans Zelmerlow, host live from MediaCityUK in Salford as the show comes from the north west of England for the very first time. "So it's about that sense of becoming myself again".

Ireland has won the most Eurovision finals, with seven wins.

But activists for the Palestinian-led global 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.

"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". While the movement has successfully called on acts like Lorde to pull out of Israeli concert dates, an SBS spokesperson told PEDESTRIAN the network would carry on with its planned broadcast of May's Tel Aviv event.

"We were lucky to have just a taste of the global phenomenon that is Eurovision with Eurovision - Australia Decides on the Gold Coast".

Tel Aviv will then play host to the grand final on May 18.

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