Why Kate Miller-Heidke Is The Perfect Eurovision Choice
Kate Miller-Heidke has been crowned Australia's next Eurovision Song Contest hopeful, and it makes a lot of sense.
It's the first time our contestant has been chosen via a public competition, and the selection process worked a lot like the good ol' days of Australian Idol.
Miller-Heidke and her song "Zero Gravity" were voted in by the public during a live final which was broadcast by SBS, beating out artists including drag queen Courtney Act, pop-operatic star Mark Vincent, duo Electric Fields and Killing Heidi rocker Ella Hooper.
The Brisbane-born alternative pop songstress will be heading to Tel-Aviv for the competition in May.
Miller-Heidke isn't new to the music scene having been signed to multiple record labels across the globe.
She released her first solo EP Telegram way back in 2004, following it up with her debut full-length record Little Eve in 2007. She's also been nominated for a whopping 13 Aria Awards in the last 12 years.
In 2008 she won an International Songwriting Competition for her song Caught In The Crowd, a song that tackled bullying and is now used in schools across Australia. She was the first Australian to win the AU$35,270 grand prize.
Many Australians would be aware of her song The Last Day On Earth which hit number three on the Aussie charts. The song gained national success after it was used in the promotions for an episode of the popular Australian soap Neighbours. The song became a multi-platinum-selling single for Miller-Heidke.
Our Eurovision hopeful was also classically trained, studying singing at the Queensland Conservatorium. Her vocal talents have earned her spots at the Met Opera in New York and even the famed Jerry Springer musical!
The mother-of-one wrote on Twitter that she was "absolutely overwhelmed" over being chosen to rep Australia at Eurovision this year.
The Eurovision Song Contest takes place in Tel-Aviv between May 14-18 this year.
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