Madonna to perform at Eurovision Song Contest in Tel Aviv

Sergio Cunningham
April 12, 2019

Finland's entry in this year's Eurovision is Darude, who's best known for his trance instrumental hit "Sandstorm" released 20 years ago.

Performance of the icon will be "both historical and hysterical", commented promoters Live Nation Israel.

Pop superstar Madonna will make a guest appearance at the Eurovision Song Contest in Israel in May.

Madonna's press team confirmed the news to the BBC, but Eurovision organisers have downplayed the story.

Reports suggest the Material Girl singer will perform an old favourite and a new song on the show, with Tel Aviv businessman Sylvan Adams reportedly covering the singer's expenses and US$1 million fee.

Israel won the Eurovision Song Contest for the first time in two decades previous year, with Netta Barzilai's women's empowerment anthem, "Toy".

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Stars including Pink Floyd's Rogers Waters and fellow musician Brian Eno, as well as filmmakers Ken Loach and Mike Leigh, have called for a boycott of the event.

The cost of bringing the worldwide superstar to Israel will be covered by Israeli-Canadian billionaire Sylvan Adams.

And a third adds: "How could @Madonna even think about performing at the Eurovision Song Contest".

"I'm excited and proud to host Madonna in Israel", Adams said in a statement to the Jerusalem Post.

The program will host the best Israeli Eurovision participants of all time, cultural figures, comedians, singers and representatives of the countries participating in the Eurovision 2019.

A group of Palestinian academics and intellectuals in the West Bank published an open letter calling on the singer and activist to boycott the event, which is being held in Tel Aviv, Israel.

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