Kate Miller-Hedike has spoken about the story behind “Zero Gravity” and what the song means to her.
The story behind “Zero Gravity” has been explained by Kate Miller-Hedike, with her Eurovision entry charting her journey after the birth of her first child. Following the birth of her sun Eric in 2016, Kate Miller-Hedike suffered from post-natal depression. She explained that;
There was a period afterwards when I couldn’t remember who I was – my old self seemed so ill-equipped to handle the overwhelming task of protecting and nurturing this helpless, little creature.
Kate went on to explain that she didn’t know how her old self fit in to the new world of looking after her child;
I remember my first show after the birth, when Ernie was about eight weeks old. But I’m not me anymore. How can I sing these songs?
Things changed for Kate last year;
After Ernie turned two, I woke up one day and felt somehow… better. The fog had lifted. Stronger. I had the energy to see friends. It was a feeling of transcendence. I felt like I had been given a golden ticket. It was like how getting back to normal after explosive food poisoning feels like a treat.
It was after this turning point that Kate wrote the lyrics to “Zero Gravity”, she explains that;
The lyrics talk to depression personified, as if it were an awful lover or terrible friend, and expresses the relief at finally getting them out of your life.
Zero Gravity is about leaving seriousness behind, something I feel resonates with the essence of the Eurovision Song Contest!
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.
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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.