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Madonna Defends Decision to Perform at Eurovision in Israel

15 May 2019, 11:54 | Elsie Buchanan

Madonna urged to boycott Eurovision contest in Israel

A Jerusalem Municipality ad for the Eurovision festival at the First Station

However, Sylvan Adams, the Israeli-Canadian billionaire who will pay Madonna's fees, claims the artist is already en route to Israel for her performance.

The European Broadcasting Union has never confirmed Madonna as an act. She will lead a delegation of 135 people, including 40 members of a choir headed by rapper Quabo, 25 dancers and dozens of professionals who are in charge of choreography, stage, lighting and video art, according to Israel media.

Stalled contract negotiations may stop Madonna from performing on stage this weekend.

In a statement to Reuters today, popular music icon Madonna pushed back against Boycott, Divest and Sanction (BDS) pressure to boycott the Eurovision Song Contest in Israel, where she is scheduled to make a guest appearance.

"People have spoken on behalf of the EBU, for many months now, without it being authorised", Mr Sand said.

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"We are negotiating now, in the final stage of that - but if there is no signed contract this week, she will not be on the stage".

Miller-Heidke and her two Israeli back-up singers went airborne for the gravity-defying performance, swaying side to side metres in the air, while balancing on poles.

Eurovision executive supervisor Sand called the situation "strange".

"We urge you and all participants to withdraw from Eurovision". "If there is no signed contract this week, she will not be on the stage".

They said the star was due to play two songs during the interval - one from her new album Madame X and another from her back catalogue, rumoured to be 1989's Like A Prayer.

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The venue has prompted calls for a boycott by pro-Palestinian activists who want companies, performers and governments to disengage from Israel. "I hope and pray that we will soon break free from this bad cycle of destruction and create a new path towards peace", she said. The winning country customarily hosts the following year.

Israel is hosting the contest after Netta Barzilai won the 2018 event in Lisbon, Portugal, with her song Toy, a Me Too anthem featuring freakish chicken noises. Security has been tight in Tel Aviv amid fears that activists may seek to disrupt the competition.

Eurovision has become a much-loved annual event across Europe since it began in 1956 with just seven countries participating.

Australians will be able to view the Grand Final live on SBS from 5am, Sunday May 19. In line with the rules, the audience can not vote for their own country. The country with the most points is declared the victor.

Commenting on the row, Madonna said she was a supporter of all human rights.

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