Eurovision Song Contest 2019: Madonna's performance at final in doubt

Israel's Moovit has launched a new version of its app to provide Eurovision Song Festival tourists visiting Israel with information in English about buses and their routes

Instead of the traditional red carpet, an orange carpet, matching the logo of a company sponsoring the global song fest, was rolled out at the Tel Aviv square that houses Israel's Habima national theater and the Israel Philharmonic.

Later in the song, she sings: "Israel's been flouting global law, and human rights lie trampled on the floor".

A man works on a Eurovision Song Contest banner on a building in Tel Aviv, Monday, May 13, 2019.

Madonna says she will perform at this weekend's Eurovision Song Contest in Tel Aviv, Israel despite calls for a boycott from human rights and pro-Palestinian activists.

Madonna and her entourage of 135 people, including the rapper KoVu, 40 backing singers, 25 dancers and a team of technicians, were expected to fly in on Wednesday, according to reports citing the Israeli-Canadian billionaire Sylvan Adams, said by the press to be footing a large part of the bill to bring Madonna to perform in Israel. Jon Ola Sand said the union is still negotiating the terms of the contract with her and that "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", the statement continued.

A total of 17 worldwide acts took to the stage on Tuesday night but only 10 moved on to the grand final following a 50-50 vote split between the public and an global jury.

They said the star was due to play two songs during the interval - one from her new album Madame X and another from her back catalogue, rumoured to be 1989's Like A Prayer.

However, while fans of the Medellin singer had thought it was a done deal, Eurovision's executive supervisor Jon Ola Sand has thrown things into doubt.

The Queen of Pop confirmed that she will make the guest appearance at the annual competition in Tel Aviv on Saturday as scheduled, saying that while the violence and deaths break her heart, she will not bow to political pressures.

The contest, now in its 64th year, features entries from 41 countries and was watched by an estimated 189 million last year.

Israel is hosting the Eurovision song contest this year after its entrant Netta Barzilai won the competition in 2018. "Everywhere's f****d, and in terms of the cultural boycott of Israel, that's what the Palestinian people have asked for". She had taken her world tours to Israel in 2009 and 2012, and is a follower of the mystical form of Judaism called Kabbalah.

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