The 64th Eurovision Song Contest will be broadcast live and in primetime exclusive to SBS and SBS On Demand from 16 to 19 May. Award-winning singer-songwriter Kate Miller-Heidke will take to the stage in Semi Final 1 with her operatic pop song Zero Gravity. Having being selected by the Australian public and jury of industry experts at the first national selection show, Miller-Heidke will represent the country on a world stage.

Kate is honoured to be nominated. “To be voted by the Australian public to represent the country at Eurovision is such an honour. It’s not a responsibility I take lightly. People have put their trust in me and I can’t wait to give it my all. I’ve always loved the more out-of-the-box performances and Zero Gravity will be just that. It’s a rousing, uplifting song about emerging from depression. For me, it was a feeling of absolute elation and the song ends in a really empowering place. It was written to be performed live and the staging is like nothing I’ve ever attempted,” she says.

Kate is set to compete against 16 countries in the Semi Final including Sandstorm star Darude, Polish traditional folk group Tulia, Icelandic bondage-synth-punk trio Hatari and bookies favourite Greek-Canadian singer Katerine Duska. Music buff Myf Warhurst and comedian Joel Creasey will be at the helm of SBS’s Eurovision coverage, on the ground from Expo Tel Aviv in Israel to bring Australians every angle of the contest as they explore the cultural displays and heart of Eurovision.

Myf Warhurst supports Kate’s nomination. “Kate is a truly unique singer-songwriter and her performance of Zero Gravity at Eurovision – Australia Decides was out-of-the-box brilliant. She perfectly encapsulates Eurovision and I know fans worldwide will adore her as much as we do. While the competition is fierce, there’s nothing holding her down,” Warhurst says. Similarly Joel Creasey is excited for the Australian’s performance. “We put the power in the hands of the Australian people this year and, thankfully, they didn’t stuff it up. Kate’s powerhouse vocals and spectacular staging are going to be incredible. I can’t wait to see Europe embrace our Kate,” he says.

With live broadcasts of both Semi Finals and the Grand Final, immediate results and voting, there are plenty of opportunities to get behind Kate and participate.

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