40.4 C
Kuwait City
May 23, 2019
Gulflance
Home » Madonna Confirmed for Eurovision in Tel Aviv after Boycott Calls
Naharnet

Madonna Confirmed for Eurovision in Tel Aviv after Boycott Calls

Madonna has signed a contract to perform at the Eurovision Song Contest in Israel, ending uncertainty after calls for her to boycott the event, Israeli public broadcaster KAN said Thursday.

“Now it’s official,” KAN, which is producing the event with the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), wrote on its website.

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

The 60-year-old pop diva said Tuesday she was determined to perform at the contest finals in Tel Aviv on Saturday.

But the EBU had said the day before that the final contract for her participation had yet to be finalised.

Until Thursday Israeli media reported that there was still no contract and both the EBU and KAN refused to give any update.

Madonna’s producers said in April the star would perform at the contest in Tel Aviv, which was designated the host city after Israeli singer Netta Barzilai won in Portugal last year.

But her participation brought a storm of protest from the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, which has for years been pushing for investors and artists to shun Israel over decades-long occupation of Palestinian territories.

“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,” Madonna said, in a statement carried by U.S. media Tuesday.

She brings with her an entourage of 135 people, including the rapper KoVu, 40 backing singers, 25 dancers and a team of technicians, according to reports citing the Israeli-Canadian billionaire Sylvan Adams, said to be footing a large part of the bill for her performance.

Twenty-six out of an original 41 contestants will battle for first place in the three and a half hour live broadcast which kicks off at 1900 GMT.

Madonna will perform in the interval.


Source link
Click here to read more news from @naharnet

Related posts

In Lebanon, Vintage Film Posters Question Western Cliches

Naharnet

Israel’s Eurovision Webcast Hacked with Fake Attack Warning

Naharnet

‘Injured’ Maradona Unable to Attend Cannes Film Festival

Naharnet

This website uses cookies to improve your experience. We'll assume you're ok with this, but you can opt-out if you wish. Accept Read More

Please spend a minute

Gulflance Poll

Which is worst social media?
Vote Now
close-link
Sign-up for exclusive content. Be up to date with Gulflance
Subscribe
Subscribe
close-image

You're currently offline