Kate Miller-Heidke reigns supreme at Australia Decides
In a stunning vocal and visual performance Kate Miller-Heidke has won the first ever Eurovision Australia Decides with her song 'Zero Gravity'.
Taking out both the jury and the televote, she beat home a gallant runner-up in Electric Fields and Sheppard who finished in third place.
Kate was delighted with the win, “I’m totally overwhelmed! This has been a peak experience already, and I’m dying with excitement at what’s to come. Thanks to everyone who voted, and to all the other artists who provided such a brilliant, eclectic and stiff competition. I’ve had a ball, and I’m so grateful and thrilled that I get to represent Australia at Eurovision in 2019.”
Paul Clarke, Head of Delegation for Australia and the Creative Director of the evening applauded the win by saying, “It’s a win for out of the box brilliance, which Eurovision devours. It’s a standout song with mesmerising staging. Kate is a total original and Eurovision will love her. "
It's unclear if the current staging will be what is performed in Tel Aviv.
'Zero Gravity' received approximately 29.5% of the televote ahead of '2000 and Whatever' on 27.1% and 'On My Way' with 15.6%
The combined votes for the top three were 72.2% of the public vote.
The full results were:
1. Zero Gravity: 1st in jury (48 points) + 1st in public (87 points) = 135 points
2. 2000 and Whatever: 2nd in jury (44) + 2nd in public (70) = 114 points
3. On My Way: 3rd in jury (41) + 3rd in public (46) = 87 points
4. Fight for Love: 6th in jury (26) + 4th in public (26) = 52 points
5. To Myself: 5th in jury (35) + 6th in public (14) = 49 points
6. Dust: 4th in jury (38) + 8th in public (10) = 48 points
7. This is Not The End: 7th in jury (19) + 5th in public (19) = 38 points
8. Piece of Me: 8th in jury (17) + 9th in public (6) = 23 points
9. Set Me Free: 10th in jury (10) + 7th in public (15) = 21 points
10. Data Dust: 9th in jury (12) + 9th in public (6) = 18 points
After the result several songs have been consistently appearing in the Top 100 charts on iTunes. 'On My Way' and 'Zero Gravity' have both been in the top 10, '2000 and Whatever' in the top 20 while ''Set Me Free'' and 'To Myself' have both been just outside the top 50.
377,000 Australians tuned into the contest which is up on those who watched the Eurovision Grand Final live (266,000) and delayed (256,000) in 2018.
Watch Kate Miller-Heidke's winning performance below: