Holy-day! Madonna is confirmed to perform at Eurovision in Tel Aviv

Madonna to Perform Two Songs at Eurovision Song Contest, Courtesy of an Israeli-Canadian Billionaire

Madonna to Perform Two Songs at Eurovision Song Contest, Courtesy of an Israeli-Canadian Billionaire

Rumours of Madonna appearing at the contest don't just stem from 2019 only.

Madonna's press team confirmed the news to the BBC, but Eurovision organisers have downplayed the story. They base their confirmation on an undisclosed EBU statement.

"Official news and updates will come directly from the Eurovision channels in due course".

Pop icon Madonna will be performing at the 64th edition of the Eurovision Song Contest this May.

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The classically-trained star, who will perform her song Zero Gravity at this year's contest, said: "I absolutely respect his point of view, but for me, personally, the idea of completely blocking off an entire people, an entire country, from music, culture and learning". As the American superstar now lives in Lisbon, fans were hoping to see her appearance in Portugal past year as well. On her journey to Tel Aviv, an entourage of around 160 people is expected to accompany Madonna.

Last year's victor was Israeli Netta Barzilai, who took the top prize in Lisbon, Portugal with the song 'Toy.' The 64th edition of the contest will be broadcast around the world from the Expo Tel Aviv International Convention Center in Israel with semi-final shows on May 14 and 16, and the final broadcast on May 18.

But an appearance at Eurovision could prove controversial, as other musicians - including Pink Floyd's Roger Waters - are calling for the contest to be boycotted on human rights grounds. Rumors she was in negotiations to perform at the high-profile worldwide event began months ago.

Although the interval performance is typically staged by local artists, Justin Timberlake was invited to play a medley of hits when Sweden hosted the competition in 2016.

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