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There’s nothing like a bit of Eurovision to take your Tuesday evening from a two to an 11 on the extra scale.
Held in Tel-Aviv, Israel, this year the competition featured a number of high-production performances that promise a grand final to remember.
Essentially, if you haven’t got dry ice, aerial acrobatics or wacky costumes, then you’re in the wrong contest and please move on.
Or that’s how it seemed at last night’s semi final, when an eye popping performance by Kate Miller-Heidke scored Australia a spot in this weekend’s grand final.
Featuring the artist and her back up vocalists swaying high above the stage on what appeared to be poles - if you can make them out amidst all that dry ice - the otherworldly rendition of ‘Zero Gravity’ wowed the judges and audience and she’s now been tipped as a favourite to win the global competition.
It wasn’t Kate’s performance that had the internet talking however, a truly eyebrow-raising number from Iceland’s Hatari is buzzing all over social media and once you see it you’ll know why.
The techno-punk group took the vibe to a very different place with a heavy metal, wickedly dark number entitled ‘Hatrio Mun Sigra’, or ‘Hatred Will Prevail’.
— Christian Byrne (@christianbyrne) May 14, 2019
The group hit the stage clad in latex and leather, performing BDSM-themed choreography to the delight of the crowd who gave them the night’s loudest cheer.
The performance raised some eyebrows online, but was mainly well-received.
Some were a little confused at the turn the number took:
— BaileyDaniels (@Bailey__Daniels) May 14, 2019
The majority, however were thrilled with the edgy performance in a contest renowned for celebrating the different, wacky and wonderful.
— diobo (@beesaplenty) May 14, 2019
Best loved, however was the group’s bizarre reaction to the news they had made it through to Saturday’s grand final, which was light on facial expression and heavy on contortion.
— Scott Bryan (@scottygb) May 14, 2019
The Eurovision grand final will air this Saturday, the 18th of May.
Falling on the same day as the federal election, loyal Aussies will be casting two votes this weekend, and while our girl Kate will certainly be our go-to, the temptation to endorse Iceland’s show-stopper is high.
The grand final features the top ten participating countries, and this year includes:
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