When it comes to Eurovision, the quality of the voice and the song are essential. But we don’t just judge performances by our ears — we also use our eyes. From over-the-top fireworks displays that have us dialling 999 to LEDs that give us a sense of wonder and depth, Eurovision staging takes audio-visual to another level.
This year’s staging was no different. Greece’s Katerine Duska brought spring-time symbolism as flowers literally bloomed to represent new beginnings. Sergey served several clones of himself thanks to a genius mirror-effect, and Spain’s Miki brought an entire two-story house.
But in the end one artist left the biggest impression with the innovative use of Tel Aviv’s EXPO Arena. After counting your votes, we can now reveal that Australia’s Kate-Miller Heidke has won the Vision Music Award 2019 for Most Memorable Staging.
Back in February, when Kate-Miller Heidke literally ascended into zero-gravity during her national final performance on the Gold Coast, we were unsure of whether she could match her extravagant staging in Tel Aviv. But yas kween she most certainly did.
Not many Eurovision stars need to be wheeled onto the stage, but a whole ensemble was ready to transport Kate onstage during a short interval as she balanced on 30 foot stilts. But these staggering heights weren’t enough, as Kate and her backing singers flew across the stage, all whilst delivering a pitch-perfect performance. Yep, we’re still speechless.
Kate joins an esteemed list of previous VMA winners for best staging. It includes Dihahj from 2017, Sergey Lazarev from 2016, Loïc Nottet from 2015, Donatan & Cleo from 2014 and Cezar Ouatu from 2013.
Most Memorable Staging: 2019
- Australia – Kate Miller-Heidke: 1685 votes (52.49%)
- Iceland – Hatari: 830 votes (25.86%)
- Spain – Miki: 245 votes (7.63%)
- Russia – Sergey Lazarev: 227 votes (7.07%)
- Greece – Katerine 223 votes (6.95%)
Vision Music Awards 2019: The Nominees
This award is just one of a dozen awards we have launched as part of the Vision Music Awards 2019 (VMAs).
Our 13 categories — from best dressed to most wronged at ESC — identify the contestants who left the biggest impression on Eurovision fans, regardless of whether they won the contest or not.
You can watch the nominations video and read more about the awards here.