The Xtra Files 2019: We review Australia’s ‘Zero Gravity’ by Kate Miller-Heidke

Welcome to The Xtra Files, our new series which will give you an insight into what the team at ESCXTRA think of your favourite entries into this year’s contest! Today, we review Australia.

Now that all the songs have been released, we are able to review each and every one of them. Our honest and brutal reviews will keep you entertained until the rehearsals start on 5 May! We will also each give a score out of 10 for every entry, and create an ESCXTRA leaderboard of the entries!

The series begins today, with reviews of the Australian entry, ‘Zero Gravity’ by Kate Miller-Heidke, from Angelos, Hlynur, Nathan P, Sami, Tim and Wiv. Let’s get started!


The Reviews


Bravo Australia for putting a spectacular national final with good variaty of songs. However, the song “Zero Gravity” belongs to one of my least favorites. Kate is an amazing performer, but I’m sorry to say that this is the weakest Australian entry ever. The chorus is very annoying and the whole song sounds very non-Australian. I know they can do better than this. I just want those three minutes to go fast and forget I have ever heard this song, for good. It wouldn’t surprise me if this is Australia’s first non qualifier, unless…juries saves it.


There is so much to say, so I am not sure where to begin! Well first of all, bravo to Australia for having a national final for the first time. Not your best song but not your worst either. Kate Miller-Heidke is a wonderful singer and great performer. However I can’t help but think that these gigantic skirts are not that appealing, as it was done twice last year. But it is interesting to see the contrast in fabric to the 2018 outfit. I would suggest trying something more like Finland did in their national performance, that is using screens, to make her look she is “actually in” zero gravity at some point. Would not surprise me if this was the first non-qualifier for Australia, as there is too much going on in a bad way.

Nathan P

I think Australia have a problem here. Yes I think that Semi Final 1 is easier than Semi Final 2 to qualifiy from. But Australia’s televote has let them down year after year and this is just a bit too unfriendly for European audiences already estranged from Australia even being here in the first place. I quite like it as a one time listen type of song. But I don’t actively stream this as I find the production a bit too jarring. But I am upvoting it as it’s a bit of novelty and brightens up a low quality Semi Final.


I couldn’t stand Estonia’s entry this year and it feels like Australia tried their hardest to bring a song that I dislike even more. And they did very well with that. This song represents everything I don’t want to see at Eurovision. It’s dated, it’s over the top and wouldn’t have a life outside Eurovision. I truly hope this is the first year Australia fails to qualify.


I really have a love hate relationship with Australia. This was not my favourite, I really think that the pop opera genre was a little bit cliche. However, the song was like Wine and Cheese and it aged really well as time went on. I find myself thinking what octave I would need in order to sing as great as she would. I think Australia will continue to to qualify for the final and this will be obvious.


Well, this song is a fairytale for sure! After listening to it once, back when it was first chosen, I liked it a lot, because it’s quirky and different. The second time I listened to it, on the live stream last night, I gave it a 4 out of 6 on the dice, as I realized I really didn’t like pretty much half of it. After listening to it again now, I realize I only really like the first minute. I’m scared to listen to it again now… I’m giving it a 5/10, though, as I really like the first minute. For now.


Costa7Nathan P7.5Simon6
Dan5Nathan W1Tim7
Dominik5Nick8Tom O5.5
Emanuel4Oliver7Tom R3.5

Therefore, the average score for Australia is 4.65.


Australia kicks off our leaderboard with a score of 4.65.

  1. Australia – 4.65

Tomorrow, it will be the turn of France to be reviewed.

Do you agree with our reviews of Australia? What are your thoughts on Zero Gravity?

Let us know in the comments below and on social media @ESCXTRA!

Luke Malam

I've watched Eurovision for as long as I can remember, but my interest really built in 2008, after I decided to watch the semifinals online, out of boredom, before the final...I was blown away by the quality of the show and have been hooked ever since! I'm a competitive trampolinist and I love baking. I've also just completed a master's degree in Research Methods in Psychology at University College London.
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