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

Eurovision 2019 UK Entry Revealed As Michael Rice And His Song Bigger Than Us Win Selection Show

Barzilai took to the stage in Lisbon, Portugal with her song Toy.

She continued: "Thanks to everyone who voted, and to all the other artists who provided such a brilliant, eclectic and stiff competition".

Meanwhile, indie pop band Sheppard came in third place during the live decider, with professional judges and the general public having equal sway in the decision.

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

Eurovision - Australia Decides creative director of Paul Clarke said: "It's a win for out of the box brilliance, which Eurovision devours".

Miller-Heidke sent the crowd and social media commentators into raptures with her extravagant performance, which included stunning high operatic notes which she handled with aplomb.

Speaking to the BBC about his song choice, which Rice mentioned is dedicated to his late father, he said: 'I believe in this song 100%. "Electric Fields delivered a stellar performance, and came so close, but it was Kate's night".

Miller-Heidke, who had her first child in 2016, said Zero Gravity was about her experience with post-natal depression.

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This 90-minute Eurovision extravaganza gives viewers the opportunity to vote for the song they want to represent the United Kingdom at the biggest music competition in the world.

The Top 10 acts competing in "Eurovision - Australia Decides". "So it's about that sense of becoming myself again".

By tradition, the Eurovision finals are held in the country of origin of the previous year's victor. Around a dozen protesters representing the pro-Palestinian Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement demonstrated outside the venue, calling for artists, fans, and SBS itself to wind back its support of Israel's hosting duties.

The calls follow protests outside SBS's headquarters and petitions to broadcasters and artists both in Australia and internationally.

"We were lucky to have just a taste of the global phenomenon that is Eurovision with Eurovision - Australia Decides on the Gold Coast".

This year will be Australia's fifth consecutive year in the contest, which will take place in Tel Aviv in May.

Tel Aviv will then play host to the grand final on May 18.

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