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Kate Miller-Heidke wins Australian Eurovision spot with 'breathtaking' song

10 February 2019, 06:41 | Elsie Buchanan

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The artists competed as part of the very first public vote for Australia's representative at the Eurovision - Australia Decides contest on the Gold Coast on Saturday.

The 21-year-old singer from Hartlepool, who also won All Together Now in 2014, was crowned the victor of Eurovision: You Decide and will be singing the track Bigger Than Us at the annual TV song competition.

The expert jury consisted of a Ukrainian singer and songwriter Jamala, the victor of the Eurovision Song Contest 2016 for Ukraine; Andriy Danylko, a comedian and also singer, who represented Ukraine in 2007 as a drag artist "Verka Serduchka"; and Yevhen Filatov (The Maneken), a Ukrainian singer and producer, creator of Onuka band.

The singer-songwriter and actress won with 87 points in the popular vote and 48 points from the judges, giving her 135 points overall. "Thanks to everyone who voted, and to all the other artists who provided such a brilliant, eclectic and stiff competition", she said.

Classically trained Kate Miller-Heidke is heading to Tel Aviv to represent Australia at this year's Eurovision after beating out 10 others for the honour.

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"This has been a peak experience already, and I'm dying with excitement at what's to come", she said.

The blonde beat out electronic duo Electric Field, who placed as runner-up during the live decider.

Speaking on Saturday night, Miller-Heidke said she was "so grateful and thrilled" to represent Australia at Eurovision.

This year will be Australia's fifth consecutive year in the contest, which will take place in Tel Aviv in May.

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.

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The creative director of Eurovision - Australia Decides, Paul Clarke, said it is clear to see why Miller-Heidke won over the jury and the public.

Kate left audiences in awe with her emotional entry song, Zero Gravity, a ballad which SBSB host Joel Creasey described as "pop genius".

Jessica Mauboy performed at the event in 2014 as an interval act.

The three previous Australian entrants all finished in the top 10, with Dami Im finishing second in 2016.

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