Published: Fri, April 12, 2019
Life&Culture | By Sue Mclaughlin

Madonna slated to perform at Eurovision in Israel

Madonna slated to perform at Eurovision in Israel

Other reports further suggested she would be performing two songs: one of her more notable pieces as well as a new single to be dropped during the May 18 finale show.

Her appearance was announced by local promoters Live Nation Israel, who said the performance would be "both historical and hysterical".

Excitement has fast been mounting for the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest in Tel Aviv on May 14-18, and now it's at fever pitch with the announcement that pop diva Madonna will perform two songs during the Grand Final show on May 18.

She has been working on an untitled new album for the last several months.

However Eurovision organisers told the BBC: "No final decisions have been made, or agreements signed".

Live Nation Israel said in a statement that Madonna will perform two songs during the finals of the worldwide singing competition on May 18.

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Israel is hosting this year's song contest after singer Netta Barzilai won last year in Portugal with Toy.

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 champion of Madonna appearing at Eurovision has been Tel Aviv-based billionaire businessman Sylvan Adams, who will also be footing the bill.

Madonna will be the second U.S. pop star to perform on the Eurovision stage, following Justin Timberlake's appearance in 2016.

Recent statements from the United Nations condemned Israel for what it said were human rights violations.

Israel is expected to host tens of thousands of tourists, and the event is seen as a rare chance for the country to market a more friendly side of itself to the world.

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