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Madonna to perform at Eurovision Song Contest in Israel

Madonna to perform at Eurovision Song Contest in Israel

Madonna will be the second USA pop star to perform on the Eurovision stage, following Justin Timberlake's appearance in 2016.

The news was confirmed by her representative.

Her performance is expected to last 15 minutes and will cost Israel an estimated $1.3 million, a price tag said to have been picked up by Canadian-Israeli billionaire Sylvan Adams.

The live show, which is watched by approximately 200 million viewers worldwide, sees each country submit an original song which is performed live. Last time Eurovision had an American superstar act performing in the grand Final was during the 2016 contest in Stockholm. Malta will be represented by X Factor Malta victor Michela Pace during the second semi-final show with the song "Chameleon".

Adams told the Jerusalem Post that the concert is likely to improve Israel's image across the world.

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

It is believed that the singer has already engaged in conflict with the contest's producers because the song she plans to debut contains a political message. The votes are converted into points and the countries with most points are awarded the winners.

Madonna fans will Cherish this: The Queen of Pop is set to perform at this year's Eurovision final in Tel Aviv, next month, but anti-Israel groups are urging her to snub the show.

Michael Rice was chosen to represent the United Kingdom at Eurovision 2019 earlier this year.

Israel was chosen to host the contest after local singer Netta Barzilai won a year ago in Portugal with "Toy", propelling her to global stardom.