The Wiwi Jury — our in-house panel of music unprofessionals — continues to rate and review the 41 competing entries of Eurovision 2019. Next we take a look at Australia, where Kate Miller-Heidke has “Zero Gravity”. Did we want to float away with her? Read on to find out!
Kate Miller-Heidke – “Zero Gravity”
“Zero Gravity” reviews
Josh: The opening might seem boring to those with the view that Eurovision songs need to grab you in the first 30 seconds, but those people are missing out on a song that ends up both powerful and touching. There’s an authenticity and honesty present as Kate takes us from feelings of vulnerability and hopelessness to the discovery of a new self-confidence. As the song soars to its end, as the techno beats kick in, your heart goes with it. For that reason, it deserves to be considered one of the best songs of this whole year and shouldn’t be dismissed as a challenger to Duncan’s favourite status as of now.
Kristin: Oh Australia. How I love you and want everything good for you. However, I’m not in awe over “Zero Gravity”. There doesn’t seem to be a fully developed song here, its just Kate doing endless voice loops. She is a powerhouse, don’t get me wrong, it’s just that I was waiting and waiting for the song to kick in, but instead I got a three-minute long intro — that is not how you grab the audience! For the first time, the Australian entry is far from being my cup of tea, and that saddens me beyond belief. I’m so sorry, but I fear the worst for Australia this year.
Antranig: After four years of respectable entries, Australia has finally sent something that is so much more. There’s personality here — something Australia has lacked in previous years, which has hurt us with the televote. The message is personal yet completely relatable, at least for me. The song structure is extremely clever — the first third whets your appetite, the second third increases the drama and the final third is truly anthemic. Vocally, she’s in a league of her own. I’m so proud of our Kate and this is going to slay!
Pablo: I get what “Zero Gravity” is trying to be; an eclectic mix of grandiose space opera and dance floor filler that would make people stop and listen: I love the concept. But the package feels haphazardly made and not even Kate’s crystal clear vocals can mesh the different parts that well. The last third (“Nothing holding me down”) is pretty jarring and feels like the think tank hit Empty while writing the lyrics. Australia needs to stage this right, because one misstep could turn the entire package into something comical and all the magic it critically needs would be lost.
Sebastian: Having seen this performed live and in the flesh at the Australian national final, “Zero Gravity” was, by far, one of the most outstanding aural and physical experiences to hit a Eurovision stage. With a song so deep and personal, the embodiment of depression through lyrics, staccato and range add a real depth and layers to what is seemingly a mashup of pop and opera. While it may not have come across as well through the television, here’s hoping a staging revamp for Tel Aviv can deliver Miller-Heidke a much-deserved top result.
William: Songs you can’t define have a habit of defining Eurovision — and this is definitely among them. Kate Miller-Heidke comes to Eurovision with an enormous song that snakes through opera, dance and house. It’s big, bonkers and will have many people asking, “Why?” My lingering feeling is, “Why not?” The mysterious opening leads to a final minute that’s so uplifting you can help but sway along. The staging needs a lot of work — it’s not a matter of tidying, but of revamping. But assuming that falls into place, this is headed straight to the final.
In the Wiwi Jury we have 29 jurors but only have room for six reviews. The remaining scores are below:
We have removed the highest and lowest scores prior to calculating the average. This is to remove outliers and potential bias. We have removed a low of 2 and a high of 10.
Wiwi Jury verdict: 6.09/10
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