Griffith grad Kate Miller-Heidke to represent Australia at Eurovision

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Griffith alumnus Kate Miller-Heidke has been chosen to represent Australia in the Eurovision Song Contest.

Miller-Heidke’s stunning performance of Zero Gravity won the public vote at the live TV finals for Eurovision – Australia Decides, held on the Gold Coast over the weekend.

Kate is the second Queensland Conservatorium alumnus to represent Australia at Eurovision, after Dami Im was crowned runner-up at the 2016 Eurovision finals. Young Conservatorium alumnus Nicole Blair penned the UK’s entry in last year’s Eurovision competition.

Miller-Heidke took to social media to share her joy at winning a spot in the international singing competition, which attracts a global audience of more than 200 million viewers.

“I’m absolutely overwhelmed – I can’t believe it,” she shared on Twitter.

“Thank you so much to everyone who voted.

“It was a fierce competition and I’m beyond thrilled that you chose me to represent Australia at Eurovision 2019.”

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The winning song, co-written by fellow Griffith graduate Keir Nuttall, showcased Miller-Heidke’s soaring vocals – a legacy of her training at the Queensland Conservatorium.

Miller-Heidke graduated from Griffith’s Queensland Conservatorium in 2002 with a Bachelor of Music, majoring in classical voice.

Queensland Conservatorium Director Professor Scott Harrison said the Con had produced many remarkable vocalists who had transformed the Australian music scene – from Dami Im to Katie Noonan and Megan Washington.

“Kate Miller-Heidke is one of many talented alumni making their mark on the world stage,” he said.

“We remain the dream destination for aspiring young musicians from around the world – this has been confirmed by our position among the top 50 performing arts programs in the world, and our recent ranking as the country’s leading creative arts school.

“Kate is a classically-trained singer but her crossover appeal is immense, and it is no surprise to me or her former teachers that she impressed the judging panel this weekend.

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“We wish Kate the very best in the final in Tel Aviv later this year and we know she will do Australia proud at Eurovision.”

Miller-Heidke exploded onto the Australian music scene in 2008 with her debut album Curiouser, which included chart-topping hits ‘The Last Day on Earth’ and ‘Caught in the Crowd’.

Despite becoming a pop icon, Miller-Heidke has continued to make the most of her classical training, composing an award-winning children’s opera, The Rabbits, and performing at the Metropolitan Opera in New York.

The Eurovision Song Contest 2019 will take place in Tel Aviv from May 14 – 18.

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