Previewing the Entrants of Eurovision 2019 – Part Three: Australia

Good afternoon and welcome to another post previewing the Eurovision Song Contest 2019. Today we are off to Canberra, to focus on this year’s Australian entry, Kate Miller-Heidke and “Zero Gravity”.

Selection Process

For the first time since they entered the contest, instead of internally selecting their acts, the Australian broadcaster ran a national final. Ten acts, representing different genres of music, performed for the public and jury vote. Kate Miller-Heidke won both the jury and televote portions and thus won the right to represent Australia. It was later announced that the country will perform in the second half of semi-final one.

Music Video

The Blogging DJ’s Review

When this song won the Australian national final, my first reaction was one of disappointment. There were several songs that I preferred on the night, not least Electric Fields’ brilliant “2000 and Whatever”, because the staging of this song felt too theatrical and dark. Now that this has been confirmed to have gone, I am ambivalent about the track. It’s pop-era and it’s nothing we haven’t seen before, bar the more modern beat. I feel that it would be very easy for the viewers to treat this as a “joke” act, rather than carrying a strong message, because all of the threads (track, opera, lyrics) aren’t connecting well enough in an overall package. 6.5

Live Performance Video

Odds

Currently, according to Oddschecker, you can get odds between 50/1 and 100/1 on Australia winning Eurovision 2019, which means that it should qualify, but is not seen widely as challenging for victory, according to betters.

Record at Eurovision

Australia have entered the Eurovision Song Contest four times since their debut appearance in 2015, reaching the Grand Final on every occasion. Their best finish in the contest came in 2016, where Dami Im was just pipped to the win by Ukraine with “Sound of Silence”. Last year, Jessica Mauboy continued Australia’s 100% qualification record, but could only finish in twentieth place, their lowest result to date.

So what are your thoughts on the Australian entry? Does it lift off or get held down by gravity? Let me know your thoughts in the comments section below, and stay tuned for more Eurovision preview posts in the coming weeks!

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