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Madonna Defends Decision to Perform at Eurovision in Israel

Madonna Defends Decision to Perform at Eurovision in Israel

Curiously, it's unclear whether Madonna's performance is actually going ahead in the first place.

Many boycott calls have targeted Madonna, who arrived in Israel on Tuesday, in the run-up to the American pop star's guest performance at the Eurovision final. "Any official news and updates will come directly from the Eurovision channels in due course", said the organisation's senior communications officer, Dave Goodman.

"We are negotiating now, in the final stage of that - but if there is no signed contract this week, she will not be on the stage".

"People have spoken on behalf of the EBU, for many months now, without it being authorised", Mr Sand said. "We are in a situation now that is a bit unusual. If there is no signed contract this week, she will not be on the stage".

Madonna's participation in the prestigious song contest has remained in doubt until her arrival amid reports of disagreement over her salary and calls by pro-Palestinian groups to boycott the event.

Earlier this week Madonna confirmed she will bring her Madame X theatre tour to the United Kingdom next year.

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The "Queen of Pop" and best-selling female recording artist of all time explained her decision to perform at the popular competition in Israel, saying, "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". "I hope and pray that we will soon break free from this bad cycle of destruction and create a new path towards peace", she said.

We are greatly saddened by the death of the driver who was injured this week while unloading a truck with technical equipment in the parking lot of the Eurovision venue in Tel Aviv.

There will be a second Eurovision elimination round in Tel Aviv on Thursday.

Once those 10 are taken, those 20 acts will perform the Grand Final alongside representatives from the host country, Israel, and "the big five" - Italy, Spain, France, Germany and the UK.

Information Coordinator for BDS, Rita Abu Ghosh, said that hosting the song contest in Israel has created a "real crisis" for hundreds of artists because the Zionist state "is using it to whitewash its crimes against the Palestinians". Security has been tight in Tel Aviv amid fears that activists may seek to disrupt the competition. Each country submits an original song that is performed live on the show.

Hantman also said that Madonna was already "on her way" to Israel to take part in Saturday's show.