The show flaunted Australian talent before the contenders even took to the stage. Australian Idol alum Casey Donovan started the show with her take on Guy Sebastian's Tonight Again, which Sebastian took to a #5 place at Eurovision in 2015.
The lyrics to her song detail her struggle with post-natal depression and the feeling of weightlessness as she recovered. That tally - which was amassed during Australia's first ever public vote on potential Eurovision contenders - combined with a score of 48 from an entertainment industry jury to land her the historic win.
More than 700 songs were entered by artists into the competition on the Gold Coast during the three-week entry period previous year.
Kate Miller-Heidke performing her song entry "Zero Gravity".
This has been a peak experience already, and I'm dying with excitement at what's to come. This year's contest will be held in Tel Aviv in May. Electric Fields delivered a stellar performance, and came so close, but it was Kate's night. "All of us here at SBS are so thrilled that the whole country has embraced this truly diverse and inclusive show and I know that Eurovision fans will adore Kate as much as we do when we get to Tel Aviv in May!"
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It will be the 64th edition of the Eurovision Song Contest. "The road to Eurovision 2019 has begun!"
Britain has not won Eurovision since "Love Shine a Light" by Katrina & the Waves triumphed in 1997-before Rice was born.
Jessica Mauboy performed at the event in 2014 as an interval act.
The 37-year-old singer-songwriter performed her song Zero Gravity during the live TV final Eurovision - Australia Decides on the Gold Coast last night.
In 2016, Australia's Dami Im placed second in Eurovision, wowing the world with her song, Sound Of Silence.