Tuesday 23 April 2019

Madonna to perform at Eurovision Song Contest in Israel

Madonna arrives at the Met Gala to celebrate the opening of ‘Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination’ in New York earlier this year. Photo: Eduardo Munoz/Reuters
Madonna arrives at the Met Gala to celebrate the opening of ‘Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination’ in New York earlier this year. Photo: Eduardo Munoz/Reuters
2018 MTV Video Music Awards - Photo Room - Radio City Music Hall, New York, U.S., August 20, 2018. - Madonna poses backstage. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri
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Jill Serjeant in Los Angeles

Madonna will make a guest appearance at the Eurovision Song Contest in Israel next month, her representatives said on Monday.

Concert promoters Live Nation Israel and the singer's US representatives confirmed reports in Israeli media that Madonna will perform two songs in Tel Aviv during the three-day Eurovsion competition in May, which features musicians from more than 40 nations.

Madonna poses in the press room at the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards Press Room at Radio City Music Hall on August 20, 2018 in New York City.. (Photo by Paul Zimmerman/Getty Images)
Madonna poses in the press room at the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards Press Room at Radio City Music Hall on August 20, 2018 in New York City.. (Photo by Paul Zimmerman/Getty Images)
Madonna at the MTV Video Music Awards
2018 MTV Video Music Awards - Photo Room - Radio City Music Hall, New York, U.S., August 20, 2018. - Madonna poses backstage. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

Israel was chosen to host the contest after local singer Netta Barzilai won last year in Portugal with 'Toy', propelling her to international stardom.

The Israeli venue has already prompted calls for a boycott by pro-Palestinian activists who are campaigning for companies, performers and governments to disengage from Israel.

In the UK last January, some 50 British celebrities, including singers Roger Waters and Peter Gabriel, wrote a letter calling on the BBC to press for the 2019 Eurovision contest to be relocated.

Madonna took her world tours to Israel in 2009 and 2012 and has been a follower of the mystical form of Judaism called Kabbalah.

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

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