Australia’s Kate Miller-Heidke is now second favourite to win at the Eurovision Song Contest in Tel Aviv.
“Zero Gravity” is only trailing consistent favourite The Netherlands’ Duncan Laurence with “Arcade.”
Australia’s rise from being a rank outsider, at around #23 to #2, is a credit to producers Blink TV, SBS and Kate Miller-Heidke. Her bold move to mount the sway pole sent us skyhigh….
But there are still hurdles to overcome. Eurovision is like a force of nature in which a stunning spectacle can capture the imagination just as much as a still, soft song number in a sea of wind machines and outlandish costumes. A bum note can derail. A performer who is charismatic can connect.
Politics is also a factor. There are still comments on fan forums objecting to Australia in the contest. In the last two years we have struggled with the public vote, only faring respectably due to the jury votes.
There are also reports producers instructed juries to only vote based on the song itself, not the staging. This is due to juries voting on Dress Rehearsals where there were technical issues. If true for the Final it could be critical to our entry which is reliant on staging as well as performance and composition.
The broadcast begins at 5am AEST Sunday on SBS and includes Live voting (repeated 8:30pm Sunday).
TV Tonight will be publishing Live results.
Interval act: Madonna (“Like a Prayer” & “Future” are the rumoured songs)
Guests: Conchita Wurst will perform “Heroes”, Måns Zelmerlöw with “Fuego”, Eleni Foureira with “Dancing Lasha Tumbai”, Verka Serduchka with “Toy”, Gali Atari with “Hallelujah” and Netta Barzilai with “Nana Banana”. Netta Barzilai, Dana International with “Diva” and “Tel Aviv”, Nadav Guedj with “Golden Boy” and Ilanit. Idan Raichel will perform “Bo’ee – Come to Me” together with the twenty-six finalists, while Miss Israel 2004 Gal Gadot will also appear.