Madonna urged to abandon Eurovision performance by Palestinian campaigners

Angelo Anderson
April 12, 2019

The Eurovision 2019 Final date is 18 May and will air live on BBC One.

It says the cost of her performance will be covered by billionaire businessman Sylvan Adams, with Madonna reportedly set to be accompanied by a 160-strong entourage in Tel Aviv.

Madonna's planned performance in Israel at the Eurovision Song Contest next month is facing criticism with people taking to social media to call for a boycott of the event.

The 60-year-old was confirmed as the headliner on Monday, and now critics are calling for her to pull out to protest the plight of Palestinians living under Israeli occupied territories.

Israeli news website Haaretz reports the news, saying that Madonna will perform both a brand new track and a classic hit.

"I'm excited and proud to host Madonna in Israel and to bring her to the Eurovision, which will be held in Tel Aviv", said Adams in a statement on Monday evening.

The organizers added "official news and updates will come directly from the Eurovision channels in due course".

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

In any case, an appearance at Eurovision could demonstrate dubious, as different artists - including Pink Floyd's Roger Waters - are requiring the challenge to be boycotted on human rights grounds.

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.

Madonna will perform two songs in the Eurovision final, however we do not know yet which ones.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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