Singer-songwriter Kate Miller-Heidke has been chosen to represent Australia at this year’s Eurovision Song contest.

Ten of Australia’s most exciting performers took to the stage at a live event on the Gold Coast on Saturday night for the chance to represent the country at the annual music competition.

It was the first time the Australian Eurovision contestant has been decided by the Australian public.

Kate Miller-Heidke beat out other Aussie artists including Mark Vincent, Courtney Act, Sheppard, Electric Fields, Leea Nanos, Alfie Arcuri, Ella Hooper, Tania Doko and Aydan who each performed an original song, with a panel of judges and the Aussie public determining who to send to this year’s host city, Tel Aviv, in May.

Despite the specifically Euro-centric nature of Eurovision, Australia is a competing country. It started with what was meant to be a one-off with Guy Sebastian in 2015, largely out of recognition of the song content’s massive cult following Down Under. But we’ve had a performer representing Australia at Eurovision every year since.

Dami Im, Isaiah and Jess Mauboy have each had their moment on the Eurovision stage.

An expert jury assessed the performances and then Australia weighed in by casting votes throughout the night, each accounting for 50 per cent of the contestant’s final score.

The industry jury gave the highest rating to Kate Miller-Heidke’s performance of her song Zero Gravity,putting her at 48 points.

And the Australian public’s vote pushed her over the top with a futher 87 points, which was the highest public vote for any artist. A total of 135 points was enough to ensure the 37-year-old narrowly beat electronic group Electric Fields.

In third place was Sheppard with their new single On My Way, followed by drag queen Courtney Act who came fourth in overall voting.