Madonna Defends Decision to Perform at Eurovision in Israel

Ireland's Eurovision hopeful Sarah McTernan

Madonna's much-publicised performance at this weekend's Eurovision Song Contest could be in question after the show's organisers revealed that no contract has yet been signed.

Madonna is expected to arrive Wednesday morning with an entourage of some 135 people including rapper KoVu, a choir of 40 singers and 25 dancers.

The European Broadcast Union (EBU), which has overall responsibility for the annual event, said it has not yet completed the paperwork necessary for Madonna to perform.

Reports last month claimed Madonna was set to make $1million (£775,000) for her performance.

Pop diva Madonna landed in Israel late Tuesday evening ahead of her performance at the Eurovision Song Contest in Tel Aviv on May 18.

"I'm happy to say that within a matter of minutes we managed to overcome the attack", he said in an interview with Israeli army radio.

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

"We know that at a certain stage there was an attempt, apparently by Hamas, to commandeer our digital broadcast", Koblenz said, according to the UK's Guardian.

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

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The cyberattack did not affect the TV broadcast of the global song contest, which is run by the European Broadcast Union.

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

The venue has prompted calls for a boycott by pro-Palestinian activists who want companies, performers and governments to disengage from Israel.

Rebuffing the pressure, Madonna said she would "never stop playing music to suit someone's political agenda".

She added to 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 bad cycle of destruction and create a new path towards peace", she said.

Despite the performance being confirmed by Madonna's United Kingdom and USA publicists in April, Eurovision organisers said "no final decisions" had been made at the time. Here at ESCToday, we would like to express our deep sorrow for the loss of the Israeli worker and convey our most honest condolences to his family and friends...

More than 60 LGBT+ groups across Europe have advocated for a boycott of this year's Eurovision Song Contest as well as a wide variety of celebrities.

Although we are within the exciting Eurovision Week, sad things may still happen, even in the year's host country... Last year's victor was Israeli entrant Netta Barzilai with the song "Toy", which went on to top the Billboard dance club chart in the United States in August, a first for an Israeli singer. It appeared as an IDF message telling anyone within 1.2 kilometers (0.7 miles) of the contest venue in northern Tel Aviv to seek immediate shelter due to the threat of rocket attack.

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