Australia has chosen classically trained singer-songwriter Kate Miller-Heidke, 37, as its Eurovision representative.
Miller-Heidke won the nationally televised competition to represent Australia at this year’s Eurovision Song Contest, which will be held in May in Tel Aviv.
Ten performers took part in the show, organised by broadcaster SBS, but it was Miller-Heidke who garnered the most votes from both the jury and the public.
It was the first time the public was allowed to vote for its contestant.
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Voting is open! Text 9 to 1991 3773 to vote for Zero Gravity. Watch the Live TV Final on SBS tonight, and/or enjoy this brief, spoilery clip from last night’s Jury Show. Link to the full performance in my bio. Texts are $0.55, you can vote up to 20 times, and my love for you will grow with every vote. (Yes, my love can be bought, I’ve never denied it.) There is some strong competition and I need your help. Love and gratitude, Kate xx
Miller-Heidke, wearing a silver dress and a shiny headpiece, performed her operatic pop song Zero Gravity, which is about overcoming postnatal depression.
“Argh!! Thank you so much for voting for me! Absolutely overwhelmed right now,” she said on her Twitter after winning the competition on Saturday night.
Eurovision is the world’s largest television music competition.
Despite being a European contest, Australia has been competing in Eurovision since 2015.
Australia’s inclusion is in recognition of the country’s large fan base. Three million Aussies watched Eurovision last year.
In 2018, Israeli singer Netta Barzilai won the contest, helping to bring the competition to her country this year.
Australia’s candidate Jessica Mauboy, who has toured with Beyonce in the past, finished 20th.
The three previous Australian entrants all finished in the top 10, with Dami Im finishing second in 2016.
Ireland has won the most Eurovision finals, with seven wins.
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