With ethereal vocals, jaw-dropping choreography and stunning costumes, Kate Miller-Heidke’s Eurovision performance seemed to have it all, earning the 37-year-old Aussie raucous cheers from the live audience.
However, despite being one of the favourite’s to win the renowned talent competition, Australian hopeful Kate finished in ninth place, being pipped to the post by the likes of the Netherlands who won the night with an incredible 492 points.
Kate’s performance rightly earned her a spot in the top 10 though, having secured 154 points from the professional jury vote and a further 131 from the public vote, giving her a grand total of 185.
Miller-Heidke’s performance was revered by the audience in Tel Aviv as she belted out her incredible track ‘Zero Gravity’, appearing to float around the stage as she moved on top of a bendy stilt pole, which was hidden from view by stage smoke.
Miller-Heidke’s jaw-dropping performance was also a hit with viewers as people took to social media to praise the Brisbanian for her “spectacular” offering.
One wrote: “Just spectacular by Australia.” While another said: “Really enjoyed the show, despite Australia not winning. I mean… hello! That was just stunning.”
A third wrote: “So after that, it’s quite clear: Australia is definitely part of Europe.”
While one very disappointed fan said: “I’m crying. Myf’s crying. Kate’s crying. Kate Miller-Heidke: not the hero we deserve, but the hero we need right now.”
The Netherlands took home the prize, meaning they will host the competition in 2020. They were followed by Italy, Russia, Switzerland and Norway. Sweden, who were in second place before the public votes were announced, finished in sixth.
However it was bad news for the United Kingdom who finished in last place as their chosen performer Michael Rice received a total of just 16 points, with just three points coming from the public.