Australia just voted to send Kate Miller-Heidke to Eurovision this year and the performance is out of this world.
The 37-year-old classically-trained singer and songwriter beat out Courtney Act, Electric Fields and Sheppard.
This year was Australia’s first ever public vote on who to send to Eurovision since the country started sending official entrants in 2015.
Miller-Heidke took to the stage on Friday night (8 February) with her new song Zero Gravity.
In it, she switches from cool pop to classical opera, with an ease of confidence – all while standing on stilts and someone swings around on stage behind her.
— Rob (@Robbie_Milano) February 8, 2019
The song has an uplifting message about coming out of depression.
There were some strong LGBTI contenders for Australia’s pick for Eurovision this year.
Electric Fields came second in both the public and jury vote with their song 2000 and Whatever. They’re an electronic music duo, combining soul music with Aboriginal culture.
Drag Race queen Courtney Act also missed out on the top spot, with her song Fight For Love. Gay singer Alfie Arcuri also missed out with his song To Myself.
Who is Kate Miller-Heidke?
Kate Miller-Heidke is an independent music artist from Queensland, Australia.
She completed a Bachelor of Music degree in Classical Voice from the Queensland Conservatorium of Music on full scholarship, as well as a Master of Music degree at Queensland University of Technology.
Miller-Heidke started her music career in several small bands, but then went solo.
Her song Space They Cannot Touch was successful on popular youth radio station Triple j.
But she gained mainstream success with her 2008 album Curiouser, with hit singles like Caught in the Crowd, Can’t Shake It and The Last Day on Earth.
Miller-Heidke’s third studio album Nightflight came out in 2012 and reached number one on the iTunes albums chart.
She released fourth studio album O Vertigo in 2015 and also co-wrote the lyrics for the musical version of Muriel’s Wedding.
She is married to singer-songwriter boyfriend Keir Nuttall and they have a son.