We’re counting down to the 64th Eurovision Song Contest, and Australia has decided on who will be their representative in Tel Aviv.
Then hopefuls battled it out, with a combined jury plus public vote deciding the winner. Ultimately, it was Kate Miller-Heidke singing Zero Gravity who came out on top.
Miller-Heidke is an established singer-songwriter, and she’s written Zero Gravity.
“It’s a song about coming out of depression and it tries to capture that feeling of transcending a long period of feeling low. Especially, what coming out of that feels like, and what it feels like when the world gets its colour back and things come back into focus…” explains Miller-Heidke. “For me, after the birth of my son, Ernie, I went through a long period of feeling like I’d lost my identity and feeling very sort of foggy and down in a lot of ways, and it took a couple of years after he was born for me to feel like I was regaining my strength and clarity and motivation and regaining a sense of who I was as well. And that was just an amazing feeling and so that’s what this song tried to capture.”
It’s a lushly arranged song that showcases Miller-Heidke’s operatic abilities. It’s a bit quirky, but upbeat and builds nicely.
What’s Australia doing in Eurovision?
It all began in 2014, when Australia was invited to present a performance during one of the semi-final shows. Although not in the competition, Jessica Mauboy’s performance was well received and generated a lot of interest in Australia.
In 2015, it all went to the next level when Australia was included in the main competition. Guy Sebastian represented Australia, and his song — Tonight Again — reached a very respectable 5th place. In 2016, it went even better for Australia when Dami Im took her song — Sound of Silence — to second place. In 2017, Isaiah represented Australia with the song Don’t Come Easy. He came ninth in the Grand Final. In 2018, Jessica Mauboy was back on the Eurovision stage to represent Australia. She sang We Got Love and reached 20th place in the Grand Final.
When is it on?
- Semi-final 1 will be held on Tuesday 14 May 2019
- Semi-final 2 will be held on Thurs 16 May 2019
- The final will be held on Saturday 18 May 2019
What’s the controversy?
With the victory by its representative Netta in 2018, Israel became the host of the 2019 Eurovision final. Tel Aviv has been confirmed as the host city.
Israel continues to resist criticism of its treatment of Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza, and critics of the Israeli government are citing the embrace of Eurovision as further evidence of ‘pinkwashing’ the countries problematic record on human rights.
Who are the favourites?
Most participating countries are now finalising who will be representing them in the competition.
Early favourites appear to be Russia, Australia, Finland, and the Netherlands, but it’s early days and it’s all to play for as everyone hits the promotional trail to build some momentum going into the competition in Tel Aviv.