Who is Australia's 2019 Eurovision entry Kate Miller-Heidke?

18 May 2019, 06:00 | Updated: 18 May 2019, 06:01

Kate Miller-Heidke is Australia's 2019 Eurovision entry
Kate Miller-Heidke is Australia's 2019 Eurovision entry. Picture: Getty

By Giorgina Ramazzotti

In only their fifth year of competing at Eurovision, Australia's contestant Kate Miller-Heidke singing 'Zero Gravity' will be battling for the trophy in Tel Aviv, Israel on May 18.

Who is Australia's 2019 Eurovision entry Kate Miller-Heidke?

A classically trained opera singer, Kate's impressive three-octave voice range helped her launch a career at Opera Queensland and Opera Australia.

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Moving into pop, her debut record Little Eve went platinum in 2007 and Kate has since become a hugely respected artist in Australia.

The 37-year-old has written a five-star opera and was recently named the artistic director for Australian songwriting awards Apra Amcos.

The star's stage presence at Eurovision is a thing to behold. Her performance includes being suspended on a pole two-storeys above the stage in a three metre long crystal and tulle layered dress.

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What is Australia's Eurovision 2019 song called?

Kate Miller-Heidke's song is called 'Zero Gravity' and is based on her own experience of suffering from postpartum depression.

Speaking of the depression she experiences in aftermath of the traumatic birth of her first child, Ernie, Kate told ABC’s Australian Story: “[I was in] a fog mentally, physically...It was like moving through this kind of darkness.”

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With a soaring chorus and Europop beat, Kate's song 'Zero Gravity' describes her recovery: “It was trying to capture that feeling where you have somehow managed to escape depression,” she says.

What are the odds of Australia winning Eurovision 2019?

Kate has recently jumped up in the odds and is now tipped to come third out of the twenty-six acts performing at the Tel Aviv final on May 18.

Read: Who is the favourite to win Eurovision 2019?

According to Eurovision World Kate Miller-Heidke singing 'Zero Gravity' is in with a 9% chance to win the contest.

Head here for full details of all of the Eurovision Song Contest 2019 odds.

How did Australia do at Eurovision 2018?

Australia ended in twenty-second place at last year's Eurovision in Lisbon, Portugal with Jessica Mouboy singing 'We Got Love'.

In only their fifth year of competing, Australia finished an incredible second place in 2016 and in the top ten in two of its other appearances - an impressive run that Kate Miller-Heidke will be hoping to improve on in 2019.