Madonna’s Eurovision performance confirmed

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Madonna has been confirmed to be performing at the final of the Eurovision Song Contest in today in Tel Aviv after doubts emerged this week that the performance would go ahead. In a tweet this evening, Eurovision said, we can confirm that international pop icon @Madonna will perform two songs during the Grand Final of this year’s Eurovision Song Contest including her 1989 hit, Like A Prayer, and brand-new track, Future. On Monday, Eurovision executive supervisor Jon Ola Sand said that a contract for the performance had yet to be signed and said negotiations were in their final stage. The pop star reportedly arrived in Israel on Tuesday to prepare for her planned performance—despite the fact that details had not yet been finalised. She is rumoured to receive a payment of at least $1 million for performing the two songs on the popular show. The news comes as Madonna continues to face sustained pressure from Palestinian and LGBT+ groups to cancel her performance as a part of the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) campaign against Israel. Responding to the calls to boycott, Madonna said: “I’ll 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,” the statement said, quoted by Reuters. My heart breaks every time I hear about the innocent lives that are lost in this region and the violence that is so often perpetuated to suit the political goals of people who benefit from this ancient conflict. I hope and pray that we will soon break free from this terrible cycle of destruction and create a new path towards peace, it added.— VoM

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