Madonna Eurovision appearance is finally confirmed

Madonna Eurovision appearance is finally confirmed

Madonna has gotten the green light to perform at the Eurovision Song Contest in Tel Aviv on Saturday night (May 18).

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Madonna will perform two songs during the grand final - her 1989 smash hit "Like A Prayer" and a world exclusive of brand-new single "Future", which she will perform together with American rapper Quavo.

Five European countries sweep straight to the final because they contribute the most money to the competition. The live show is watched by about 200 million viewers worldwide. Afterwards, viewers in each country can then vote for their favorites, excluding the song from their own nation, with points awarded by ranking.

After reportedly arriving in Tel Aviv on Wednesday, and previously commenting on the furore around the event and its host nation, Eurovision bosses had stated this week there had been no deal made over Madonna's appearance.

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Earlier this week, Madonna appeared to respond to those critical of Israel hosting the contest and her participation in it. Calls for performers to boycott the show over Israel's treatment of Palestinians have failed to yield tangible results.

The decision to hold Eurovision in Israel is not popular with critics of the country's policies towards Palestinians in the occupied West Bank and Gaza.

"After some tense days, a contract between Madonna and the Eurovision producers was signed today", it said.

Madonna's arrival comes after it was finally confirmed that she would be taking to the stage at the Expo Tel Aviv on Saturday, to perform her new single Future alongside United States rapper Quavo.

On Tuesday, Madonna addressed the controversy, telling Reuters she would "never stop playing music to suit someone's political agenda, nor will I stop speaking out against violations of human rights wherever in the world they may be".

"At a time when fewer and fewer major artists are performing in apartheid Tel Aviv, Eurovision is exactly what Israel's far-right government needs to distract from its crimes".

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