She won Australia’s first national selection a few weeks ago and in the process beat out big fan favourites including Electric Fields and Sheppard.

And now, Kate Miller-Heidke has revealed that the staging of her song “Zero Gravity” will change completely.

On the big night, Kate performed her song about depression in a towering dress with blue projections and silver details, which put many in mind of the Statue of Liberty.

Behind her, there was an acrobat who swayed around in several directions, which sparked much discussion among Eurofans.

In a fresh interview on Australian TV show The Project, Kate did say she loved the national final staging of “Zero Gravity”, including the “Dementor” backing dancer:

I personally find it a beautiful sort of haunting weirdly vulnerable, sort of etherial and yet really human form of art. I love it.”

However, the opera singer revealed that it will be changed up and that she thinks it’s going to be better. Obviously she can’t disclose any details yet but she knows that she still has a lot work to do. She also didn’t address a question from a host about whether her acrobat will be with her in Tel Aviv. Watch this space.

She furthermore stated in the interview that she is self-conscious about participating at Eurovision as it is an amazing yet huge responsibility and Eurovision is a tough competition. Even Australia Decides was a very tough competition and she nailed it and we’re sure that she will improve even more until the semi finals in May!

Kate will perform “Zero Gravity” during the second-half of the first semi-final on May 14.

What do you think about changing Zero Gravity’s staging? Will Australia reach the top 10 again? Let us know your opinion in the comment section below!

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I’m so happy they are dumping this staging. She deserves so much better and it was terribly distracting from the beautiful Heidi.
I would like to see a floating-in-space theme. I also want to see a bigger climax in the song at the end.

Kim
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Kim

sorry don’t like any of the songs entered so far but have a little less like for this over anything else entered at the moment . I find all the entries so far the same as last year s entries they are the same songs only sung by different people the reason I like this a little more is that it is not the same as last years bunch .God knows what the hell it is but hopefully we may get something come through the later entries .

Stevan
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Stevan

they are changing the only thing that kept this thing afloat

Anita
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Anita

Hi Julian Geiser, in the interview she said: 4:22 “We are changing up the staging a bit” but you wrote in your post: ” the staging of her song “Zero Gravity” will change completely.” – Can you clarify this?

Ray
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Ray

Suggestion: Comepletely change the whole Kate Miller Heidke act and have “Sheppard” with their amazing video projection on stage! Australia stuffed up AGAIN!

Burger
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Burger

if Aussies have learned anything about being in Eurovision its don’t copy something – elevation projector dresses (Estonia last year and Moldova c. 2013) needs to go

Tug
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Tug

Off-topic: Wiwibloggs is constantly deleting one simple and harmless question in the comment section of the article on Saara Aalto, which is not offensive nor contains inapropriate language. Can you stop that, please?

Pancake
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Pancake

I actually have this idea for the performance where Everytime she does the opera part, she’s being lifted up by a belt, and when the part backing sings “nothing holding me down” a milky way exploded in her hips (similar to the opening of ‘God Is A Woman’ MV) and there are bunch of camera angles just showing that until the end, where the Galaxy gets suck back in a big bang forms behind her.

Héctor
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Héctor

How about changing the whole act and just sending Electric Fields instead?… no?

Briekimchi
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Briekimchi

Most of the Eurovision tops I’ve seen have Australia in or around the bottom five. Considering the effort they put into their NF, this is a disappointing response from the Eurofans. I’d like to think most of this was based on the horrible staging and that by fixing it, they could get a better televoting result. It’s not the best Australian song at Eurovision but it deserves to do better than their last two entries.

prosit
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prosit

This is exactly my problem with our entry this year. Like, Kate-Miller Heidke sings quite well, and the song is weird enough to be interesting, but not weird enough to be off-putting. What sucks is that all this talent, as well as the empowering message of the song is masked over the over the top, circus like staging. She should lose the dress at least. It’s like Australia looked at Elina from Estonia last year and was like “yes, we would love an opera song, and an equally ridiculous dress’

Pancake
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Pancake

Australia is in my top 4, actually. So….

Nicolas
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Nicolas

Australia don’t care they are Jury top 10 or top 5 no matter what even sending Rambo Amadeus.

Jake
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Jake

Finally some positive news, this song has definitely grown on me.

Fast Food Music Lover
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Fast Food Music Lover

They will probably replace the dementor with something equally silly like a glitter box or huge street lamps.

CyxCy
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CyxCy

Let’s respect the votes, even if I preferred Sheppard. If the Australians have chosen this song (with this staging), they have their reasons. This the great year’s mistery: all favorites falls in national selections.
I suppose that winners all designated, it annoys people, they prefer the challengers.

Jo.
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Jo.

Good. That staging was horrible, it made the whole performance look like a joke act.

willchrisiam
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willchrisiam

We had less than 10 operatic songs since I can remember and everyone complains and makes comparisons to those other few not realizing they stand out exactly because they were so few of them… And then crave for “bangers” and “bops” because those are so fresh and needed. Smh so hard my neck is starting to hurt. I hope she only changes her dress from the waist down. The top part and the crown (Lady Liberty didn’t invent a spikey head piece) were gorgeous. I think a flowing bottom would make more sense to better depict the feeling of weightlessness.… Read more »

Queen
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Queen

I hope she will wear her Crown.

zafirce
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zafirce

EBU baby will get one more time good draw, and one more time will be overrated by juries vote.

Darren
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Darren

I am glad and relieved to read this news. The current staging is hideous and ruins what is actually a pretty good song and takes it from classy to novelty.

Australia is currently my number 3, on the condition that the staging is dropped for something more classy and less OTT.

Edu
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Edu

no!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It`s all perfect. I got shivers everytime i listen to it. The performance is perfect the way it is.

Yaa
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Yaa

At least keap the dementeress!

Sabrina
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Sabrina

As long as it’s possible, I would like if they keep the acrobat. It was a smart way to depict depression. Plus, it reminds me of Mad Max, so it’s very Australian by proxy. But yeah, that are many things they can improve. I don’t think she needs to be that elevated, you can put her and the acrobat in the same camera angle without restricting her moves. Also it would be a way to get rid of the dress. But even if they start from scracth, this is a song with a lot of possibilites in terms of staging.

Anita
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Anita

I got the concept of the staging and loved it. But I think there are many people that don’t understand the symbolism – of the movements (synchronized..) etc… so maybe the change will help those who were overwhelmed and thought of it as weird and couldn’t figure it out. I would love she could just reduce the hight of this tissue holder kind of dress- and give her more opportunity to move with her whole body… we will see.

HMmm
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HMmm

But the staging was the biggest reason she won :///

Purple Mask
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Purple Mask

Ah, what is this hype? There’s is still plenty of time yet. 🙂
The clue to the choreography is in the title of the song, by the way. Most obvious opportunity for wires, ever.

Pasadena
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Pasadena

Australia has become worse and worse every year. Their first entries even had some credibility in the ‘real’ world, whereas this year the entry tries so hard to fit the Eurovision formula it almost becomes a caricature.

Joshua
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Joshua

I will never understand the hate for this song and its national selection’s staging…

Loin dici
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A more understated staging might work, but it might break, too.

Grc
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Grc

We want Electric Fields!

Winnie the Pooh Xi
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Winnie the Pooh Xi

They would be my number one now if they’re chosen.

Loin dici
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You got KMH!

Jonas
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Jonas

Nah, I want Kate.

willchrisiam
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willchrisiam

Sorry, but that performance was a mess. To much relying on the pre recorded backing vocals and the hair reveal (wtf) while aimlesly prancing around the stage. I’m still in love with the studio version, just like Set Me Free, but live they were let just say underwhelming.

Anita
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Anita

You want Electiric Fields for Australia – I want Lilly Among Clouds for Germany. But my country and the international Jury panel chose different 🙁
At least I have Zero Gravity to look forword to, I love the song and the performance 😉

Dave
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Dave

I swear I have already given this song three chances but each time I listen to it I just end up laughing. I know she says it’s about her personal struggles and everything, but musically it’s like a novelty act. This is not like Estonia 2018, Italy 2015 etc. This is more like Romania 2013 as someone already mentioned. It will definitely do well for the wtf factor and the vocals though.

Italy and Slovenia still have the best entries in my opinion.

Yssy
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Yssy

Slovenia does not go anywhere for me. No climax. But it is still nice to listen to. I think Zero Gravity offers a more interesting and unique song with a powerful message.

Tibor
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Tibor

I always liked the song and I also liked the staging, particularly the pole artist – it was such a great idea to visualize the looming depression behind her. But if so many viewers see this as “camp” or “gimmicky”, my perception is moot and it is perhaps a good idea to try and do something less distracting. Because it’s true, the song itself is already pretty expressive, so a more stripped back staging will not annihilate its impact.

Gurl
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Gurl

pole artist is like dementor from HP, good idea indeed

Lolek
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Lolek

The staging was rather strange. I quite like her song, so hopefully changing things up in the presentation will help her a fair bit.

Una
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Una

Smart staging and TV effects like levitation or whatever that’s called. Floating through the venue – no gravity.

Floprina
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Floprina

Australia will struggle to qualify no matter the staging. The worst they’ve ever sent

don’t @ me

Jeji
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Jeji

I @ you

Mr. Vanilla Bean
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Mr. Vanilla Bean

So much @

Frisian esc
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Frisian esc

It’s the first semi, she will qualify.

Una
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Una

Australia always qualifies. No worries. I am cynical.

beccaboo1212
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Will she film a music video for “Zero Gravity”?

MaxFowler
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MaxFowler

I love her as a person, how charming she is!

However, I wholeheartedly hope she changes her staging into a more simple and elegant one, the song already has a lot going on and her stage was too excentric, too distractic, too tacky, it honestly felt like a gimmick rather than a beautiful and deep song (apparently is about post partum deppresion).

BlackKava
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BlackKava

Oh thats nice, i hope for something a bit simpler, cos i love her voice and she is so charming!
Good luck from Ukraine darling:)

Btw if Australia would win they would host the contest or not? Im just curious

Hugo
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Hugo

UK or Germany or potentially Sweden would host

BlackKava
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BlackKava

Thanks for the answer:)
So ebu dont have any particular rule about it yet, yeah probably its logical if one of big 5 or Sweden would host, poor Australians though lol

Hugo
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Hugo

Haha yeah but it’s my understanding that Australia would co-host it in that European country. Guess there’s only one way to find out!

Jonas
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Jonas

What are you basing this on? There are no firm arrangements. It is likely there would be a bidding process, assuming anyone at all would bite. Why would another broadcaster take on Australia’s burden? Especially if they are forced to “share” the event, being forced to have an Australian co-host or whatever.

Una
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Una

Was it the Head of Delegation of Australia who was asked in a press conference if Australia would host the contest should they win. And he said that it’d be organized in a European country. Or was it Jon Ola Sand?
It’d be organized with Aussie funding mostly from what I know.
No way would the contest be organized in Australia unless Australia payed for travel and such. It’d cost too much; not all countries can even afford to participate in Europe, with low air faires and pretty short distances. Not thousands in air tickets, plus cargo for staging and what not.

Solo
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Solo

She’s the best.

Colin
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Colin

I am a minority who actually likes this song and a more compact staging might make it more refined.

ESC Fan
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This and Italy are by far the freshest entries so far.

Gurl
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Gurl

True that

Polegend Godgarina
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the only entries so far other than slovenia that sound like they were recorded in 2019

Nikita
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Nikita

This is the most ridiculous entry of the year. I can’t even take it seriously. But it will probably do well like Romania 2013. *sigh*

Ric
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Ric

Hoping she will go for something more plain and simple…the Song has already too much going on. A crowded and exagerated staging would be just too much to enjoy

Gurl
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Gurl

I’m weirdly addicted to this song, pls help me, lmao

Polegend Godgarina
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the roof in the tel aviv arena is too low to allow that performance i guess ?

Mirko
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Mirko

You made my day! XD

Benji
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Benji

Why?! That staging enhanced the impact of the song and was actually the best part of the Australian entry. Would she have won the national selection without that staging?

jack
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jack

can she make the song less cringe? i doubt it

Polegend Godgarina
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what’s exactly cringe about this song ? it’s about freeing yourself from depression + her vocals are amazing….. deffo the opposite from cringe.

MaxFowler
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MaxFowler

Jack said nothing about the message of it, he was just critisizing the songs…. lack of elegance some would say.

The staging was bonkers and campy, if you are into it, good for you, but some of us do not particularly like it, and thats completely fine. 🙂