AUSTRALIA – Kate Miller-Heidke, who will represent Australia at the Eurovision Song Contest, has responded to her critics, who urged her to boycott the event, stating:
“I absolutely respect his point of view, but for me, personally, the idea of completely blocking off an entire people, an entire country, from music, culture and learning… It’s not just art that they are trying to block but academia and stopping the free flow of learning and information into a country.
I just can’t see how that is going to advance that part of the world towards solution. I have a lot to learn and I am looking forward to being there for two and a half weeks, and having the chance to meet Palestinians and people from different sides and deepen my learning and understanding.”
Kate took to Instagram showing a picture of herself in a wheelchair, and explaining how it came to be, she revealed she has suffered an infected foot which sparked from a blister on her foot, she has also been ordered by doctors to not walk for a week and keep on the infected painful foot.
Kate’s previous albums include Nightflight, which reached number two on the Australian chart, and Curiouser, which reached double platinum sales in Australia and spawned the multi-platinum hits The Last Day On Earth and Caught In The Crowd.
In 2009 she won the Grand Prize in the International Songwriting Competition for Caught in the Crowd, becoming the first Australian to do so. Trained as a classical singer at the Queensland Conservatorium, Kate has performed several roles for the English National Opera and the Metropolitan Opera in New York, and appeared in Jerry Springer: The Opera at the Sydney Opera House.