She’s come from Down Under but she’s taking us to a place where there’s zero gravity. Kate Miller-Heidke will represent Australia at Eurovision 2019 and she travelled to Amsterdam to perform at Eurovision in Concert. Naturally, Kate caught up with William following her performance to discuss her Eurovision journey so far. You can check out our Kate-Miller Heidke interview below.
Kate Miller-Heidke interview — Eurovision in Concert 2019
Kate discussed the fact that “Zero Gravity” was written to be performed live. She says it “makes sense live more than it does in a recording”. The vocal flourishes of the song are challenging and Kate says she hasn’t made it easy for herself but views Eurovision as “an opportunity to push [her] voice to its extremities”.
Discussing her musical style, Kate says that “real proper opera singers would probably call me a fraud”. That is because “Zero Gravity” is very much a hybrid project, rather than following conventional norms.
We also asked Kate about the message of the song. Fans will know that “Zero Gravity” is about a period of depression and Kate says that “the song tries to capture the feeling of coming out of that fog”. For Kate, that was an incredible relief and there was a sense of “elation” that came with that.
“Zero Gravity” — Kate Miller-Heidke
Kate Miller-Heidke also spoke about Hatari, the Icelandic entry for Eurovision 2019. She will perform right before Iceland in the semi-final and is excited to watch them after her performance. She loves the boys from Iceland but William told her to watch out for the spikes when getting off stage. “I can always impale them with my headpiece on my way through,” Kate replied.
In terms of staging, Kate said that Australia Decides was an opportunity to have a trial run at staging. She loves some elements of the original staging but described parts of the performance as “sensory overload”. There will still be “an element of spectacle” in the staging but there will be more of a focus on the essence of the song.
Kate revealed that her son Ernie is not a fan of her songs. He prefers her to “be quiet, mummy”. Europe is bound to disagree when Kate takes centre stage in Tel Aviv.
Kate Miller-Heidke will perform 12th in the first semi-final, following Georgia’s Oto Nemsadze and preceding Iceland’s Hatari.
What do you think of “Zero Gravity”? What do you hope to see in the revamped staging for the song? Let us know in the comments below.
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