The first reactions are out after Australia has selected their first Eurovision participant via televised national selection.
Kate Miller-Heidke was selected in the first ever Eurovision – Australia Decides today in the Gold Coast. The singer who was one of ten acts that the Australian public could select from, gave her first thoughts after winning the show. She told TV Tonight that;
I’m totally overwhelmed! This has been a peak experience already, and I’m dying with excitement at what’s to come. 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.
Paul Clarke who was the Creative Director for Eurovision – Australia Decides and has been part of the Australian delegation since their debut added;
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. Electric Fields delivered a stellar performance, and came so close, but it was Kate’s night.
I want to thank all the artists who made the first ever selection show a spectacular success and all the fans who got behind them. The road to Eurovision 2019 has begun!
Kate Miller-Heidke won Eurovision – Australia Decides with the song “Zero Gravity”. She topped both the jury and public vote scoring a total of 135 points, 21 points ahead of second place Electric Fields.
Source: TV Tonight
Australia debuted in the Eurovision Song Contest in 2015 as part of celebrations marking 60 years of the Eurovision Song Contest. The broadcaster SBS has broadcast Eurovision in Australia since 1983. Australia’s best result to date came in 2016 Australia when Dami Im, with the song “Sound of Silence,” finished in 2nd place in the final scoring 511 points, just 23 points away from victory.