AUSTRALIA – With all ten acts now confirmed for the first ever national selection show Eurovision – Australia Decides, SBS and production partner Blink TV have announced two more songs. Released today, Kate Miller-Heidke co-wrote Zero Gravity with her partner and music collaborator Keir Nuttall, while Australian rock legend Ella Hooper’s song Data Dust was written by 24-year-old composer Alice Chance.
Kate Miller-Heidke said:
“Zero Gravity is an operatic pop song about coming out of depression. It uses the metaphor of a bad relationship to describe what it can feel like to be depressed. The choruses and the outro try to capture the feeling of transcendence. I love the double meaning of the word ‘gravity’ – that the song can also be about leaving seriousness behind.”
Ella Hooper said:
“Data Dust is a powerful rock-pop feast, peppered with attitude. It is about digital addiction and the ever-creeping effects of social media on our lives, the power pop banger grabs the listener immediately. I am hoping to bring a bit of traditional rock n roll energy to a bombastic performance of a meaningful pop song.”
Alice Chance said:
“It’s a huge privilege for my song to have been fished out of a pool of over 700 to be included in Eurovision – Australia Decides. Data Dust spilled out of my brain one morning while I was going to work. Even though it all happened very quickly, the things I talk about in the song are important to me and I’ve been thinking about them for a while. I’m so chuffed that these ideas also resonated with the judges and I am quietly confident they will resonate with Australia as well. I’ve always dreamed of writing a song for our Australian representative. It’s incredible to think I’m just one more step away from the fulfilment of this dream.”
Hosted on the Gold Coast and broadcast live and exclusively on SBS on Saturday 9 February, Eurovision – Australia Decides will showcase some of Australia’s biggest acts, singing original compositions, for their chance to represent the country at the Eurovision Song Contest 2019.
The final ten acts vying for their shot to represent Australia on the world’s biggest stage are: award-winning artist Kate Miller-Heidke, much-loved indie pop band Sheppard, classical crossover artist Mark Vincent, modern electric-soul duo Electric Fields, legendary drag queen and reality television veteran Courtney Act, charismatic pop star Aydan, 16-year-old singer-songwriter Leea Nanos, rock music icon Ella Hooper, bona fide Aussie pop legend Tania Doko and The Voice winner Alfie Arcuri.
With two weeks until show time, there are just two songs to be released by Sheppard and Tania Doko and special guest performances to be announced.
In association with the Queensland Government via Tourism and Events Queensland and the City of Gold Coast, Eurovision – Australia Decides will be presented at the Gold Coast Convention Centre on Friday 8 and Saturday 9 February and tickets for the Jury Preview Show, Matinee Preview Show and Live TV Final are now on sale.
Be a part of history and see it live at the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre.
By Alice Chance
By Kate Miller Heidke and Keir Nuttall
Alfie Arcuri – To Myself
By Alfie Arcuri, Audius Mtawarira, Séb Mont
Lyric Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z0g6fU3ZtCY&feature=youtu.be
Aydan – Dust
By Aydan, Cam Bluff and Dylan Joel
Electric Fields – 2000 and Whatever
By Michael Ross and Zaachariaha Fielding
Leea Nanos – Set Me Free
By Leea Nanos and Frank Dixon
Mark Vincent – This Is Not The End
By Mark Vincent, Roberto De Sa and Isabella Kearney-Nurse
Courtney Act – Fight for Love
By Filly Adams, Sky Adams, Danny Shah and Shane Jenek