Published: Sun, February 10, 2019
Life&Culture | By Sue Mclaughlin

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

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

Australia's representative at the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest has finally been decided.

It is the first time the public has helped choose the musical act to perform at the contest.

"Kate's performance tonight was quite simply breathtaking and the response from the Australian public has been overwhelming", he said.

More than 700 songs were entered by artists into the competition on the Gold Coast during the three-week entry period previous year.

"This could seriously be the year that Australia wins Eurovision!" said SBS Commissioning Editor Josh Martin.

It will be the 64th edition of the Eurovision Song Contest.

BBC producer Mel Balac said: "This has been such an exciting year for Eurovision: You Decide with new format changes that we hope have really made the competition and programme more geared to find the ideal song". I want to thank all the artists who made the first ever selection show a spectacular success and all the fans who got behind them.

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Kate is perhaps best known for her 2008 song "Caught In The Crowd" and was one of the more well-known faces taking part in the decider this year.

"Kate will be a wonderful ambassador for Australia and Queensland at Eurovision - showcasing our local talent to a global audience of around 200 million people".

Among the eight entries competing on Saturday, the TOP 3 were MARUV, Brunettes Shoot Blondes, and YUKO.

Britain has not won Eurovision since "Love Shine a Light" by Katrina & the Waves triumphed in 1997-before Rice was born.

The viewers of Australia Decides chose Kate out of 10 hopefuls to go to Tel Aviv, after her dramatic song Zero Gravity impressed the public. "The Queensland Government supported the event through Tourism and Events Queensland and we wish Kate the performance of a lifetime in Tel Aviv".

In 2016, Australia's Dami Im placed second in Eurovision, wowing the world with her song, Sound Of Silence.

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