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Organisers reveal Madonna's Eurovision performance is not yet confirmed

15 May 2019

The statement continued: "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". The news comes despite the music legend's scheduled arrival in Tel Aviv on Wednesday morning aboard the private jet of Israeli-Canadian billionaire Sylvan Adams.

"If we do not have a signed contract she can not perform on our stage".

"I hope and pray that we will soon break free from this bad cycle of destruction and create a new path towards peace".

Madonna has defended her upcoming performance at this year's Eurovision Song Contest in Tel Aviv, Israel, amid a call from Palestinian and human rights activists for artists and viewers to boycott the competition.

Madonna has been urged to pull out of performing at the Eurovision Song Contest in Tel Aviv with a "Papa Don't Preach" parody that focuses on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

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"People have spoken on behalf of the EBU, for many months now, without it being authorised", Mr Sand said.

Speaking about the parody, Abusalama said: "On the day we filmed this video, Palestinians in Gaza including my family were being bombed indiscriminately yet again by Israel's apartheid regime".

Jon continued: "We are in a situation now that is a bit odd".

Germany, France, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom - the big five countries that make the biggest financial contributions to the European Broadcasting Union, which broadcasts the song contest - along with Israel, as host country, have all bypassed the semis per the rules.

In news that will probably shock no-one but is worth reporting anyway, Kate Miller-Heidke has made to the 2019 Eurovision Grand Final.

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Madonna has recently released a series of singles in the lead up to Madame X, her 14th album, out June 14.

Israel's hosting of this year's version of the popular European music competition has drawn pro-Palestinian boycott calls to protest against the country's policies.

Neil Farren, a Eurovision commentator live-blogging contest preparations in Tel Aviv, said the visibly heightened security and briefings on air raid sirens and bomb shelters likely rattled some contenders, who have so far remained tight-lipped about the political situation.

The Sabbath was said to be one of the reasons Eurovision organisers and Israeli hosts decided against holding the event in the religiously conservative city of Jerusalem.

Eurovision has become a much-loved annual event across Europe since it began in 1956 with just seven countries participating. The country with the most points is declared the victor.

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Miller-Heidke will have to do it again on Saturday May 18 to win the controversial competition, which critics say has been used to whitewash the global reputation of Israel and its treatment of neighbouring Palestine.

Organisers reveal Madonna's Eurovision performance is not yet confirmed