Michael Rice to represent the United Kingdom in the Eurovision Song Contest

Sergio Cunningham
February 10, 2019

Most notably, Kate has beaten Courtney Act to Eurovision glory, after the Celebrity Big Brother victor and RuPaul's Drag Race royalty entered the national selection with her song Fight For Love.

It was the first time the public was allowed to vote for its contestant.

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Kate Miller-Heidke performs Zero Gravity during the 2019 Eurovision - Australia Decides final at the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre.

The 37-year-old told SBS World News that she continues to draw strength from the emotion and power of the song.

Miller-Heidke's performance was defined by an absolute belter of an operatic note, but her dramatic aerial staging - which saw a swaying dancer hoisted metres off the ground - may have helped, too.

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By tradition, the Eurovision finals are held in the country of origin of the previous year's victor.

"The song tries to capture the feeling when I was coming out of [the depression] and the world was getting its colour back", she said in an interview ahead of her performance. Electric Fields delivered a stellar performance, and came so close, but it was Kate's night.

It will be the 64th edition of the Eurovision Song Contest. I want to thank all the artists who made the first ever selection show a spectacular success and all the fans who got behind them.

"Kate will be a wonderful ambassador for Australia and Queensland at Eurovision - showcasing our local talent to a global audience of around 200 million people".

Britain has not won Eurovision since "Love Shine a Light" by Katrina & the Waves triumphed in 1997-before Rice was born.

The 21-year-old singer from Hartlepool, who also won All Together Now in 2014, was crowned the victor of Eurovision: You Decide and will be singing the track Bigger Than Us at the annual TV song competition. The previous candidates were Guy Sebastian, Dami Im, Isaiah Firebrace and Jessica Mauboy.

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