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

Children's Center  The Rising Star The Shalva Band

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"It's a standout song with mesmerising staging, Kate is a total original and Eurovision will love her". Eurovision superfan Mel Giedroyc and the victor of the Eurovision Song Contest 2015, Mans Zelmerlow, host live from MediaCityUK in Salford as the show comes from the north west of England for the very first time.

Kate Miller-Heidke has been formally selected to represent Australia at the 64th annual Eurovision song contest.

Rice, who won BBC One's singing competition All Together Now's £50,000 prize past year, added that his track "might just be a ballad but that song's got a big message and I can't wait to perform it and show the rest of the world what this song's all about". This year's contest will be held in Tel Aviv in May.

Miller-Heidke, wearing a silver dress and a shiny headpiece, performed her operatic pop song "Zero Gravity", which is about overcoming postnatal depression. Electric Fields delivered a stellar performance, and came so close, but it was Kate's night.

But activists for the Palestinian-led global Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement have been calling on musicians and broadcasters to refuse to participate in this year's song contest as part of a broader campaign against Israel's occupation of Palestine.

Queensland Tourism Industry Development Minister Kate Jones said Kate will be getting a proud send-off.

Kate Miller-Heidke celebrates winning the 2019 Eurovision - Australia Decides final.

Eurovision: You Decide is back for 2019 with a brand new format! "The Queensland Government supported the event through Tourism and Events Queensland and we wish Kate the performance of a lifetime in Tel Aviv".

The 37-year-old singer-songwriter performed her song Zero Gravity during the live TV final Eurovision - Australia Decides on the Gold Coast last night.

The three previous Australian entrants all finished in the top 10, with Dami Im finishing second in 2016.

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