The first semi-final of Eurovision 2019 took place tonight (Tuesday, May 14) and Australia was one of the most highly anticipated acts of the evening. Performing for Australia is singer-songwriter Kate Miller-Heidke from Brisbane with her song Zero Gravity. Read on to find out more about her show-stopping performance.
Who is Kate Miller-Heidke?
Kate Miller-Heidke is an Australian classical performer and pop star.
She is 37-years-old from Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.
The Australian act is an award-winning classical performer and has performed in operas such as The Turn of the Screw and Jerry Springer: The Opera.
She has released four studio albums during her career and even a greatest hits album.
Miller-Heidke is also a very successful songwriter, having written the 2009 International songwriting competition.
Since then, she has gone on to write the lyrics to Muriel’s Wedding the musical.
WHO IS RUSSIA’S EUROVISION ENTRY?
What is Kate Miller-Heidke’s song Zero Gravity?
Kate Miller-Heidke’s song is described as a mix between between EDM and opera.
She wrote Zero Gravity with Keir Nuttall and the lyrics tell the story of her recovery from post-natal depression.
Speaking to ABC’s Australian Story, Miller-Heidke said: “[I was in] a fog mentally, physically. It was like moving through this kind of darkness.”
Miller-Heidke’s was picked to represent Australia through the country’s national selection process:Eurovision: Australia Decides.
WHY ARE GERMANY, UK, FRANCE, ITALY AND GERMANY NOT IN THE EUROVISION SEMI-FINALS?
She was up against RuPaul’s Drag Race contestant and Celebrity Big Brother UK winner Courtney Act, who came fourth place in the competition.
You can watch the video of Kate performing Zero Gravity at the Eurovision Song contest above now.
During her hypnotic performance, she performed in a huge dress and was propelled into the air.
As she performed, two women danced and floated around her.
The stage set up and special effect used made it look like she was floating above the earth in space.
IS ISRAEL IN EUROPE?
Why is Australia in Eurovision?
Despite not being in Europe, Australia has participated in the Eurovision Song Contest since 2015.
They were originally invited to perform as a guest act for the competition’s 50th anniversary.
After their incredible performance, they were allowed to enter the competition the following year.
However, Australia must qualify to take part in Eurovision, unlike other countries who are invited to take part.
At the moment, Australia are at odds of 5/1 to win Eurovision 2019 at Skybet, Betfred and Boylesports.
The Netherlands are the favourites to win at odds of 9/4 at Betfair, Paddypower and Betfred.
The second favourites to win are Sweden at odds of 9/2 at Ladbrokes, Coral and Blacktype.
Eurovision 2019, semi-final airs tonight on BBC 4
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