After several months of negotiations, confirmation has come: Madonna will perform in the 2019 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest, which this year takes place in Israel. The news was confirmed at the INTV conference in Jerusalem by officials of the KAN public channel.
The 'Queen of Pop' will be onstage on May 18. The singer is expected to play two songs.
According to the website 20minutos.es, the US artist's hiring was "complicated" due to the choice of song that will be performed on the festival stage – the European Broadcasting Union does not allow political issues to be addressed in the show.
According to ABC, Madonna will charge close to one million euros to act in the final of the Eurovision Song Contest. Israeli businessman Sylvain Adams will fund the show.
Israeli artists who have previously won the Eurovision Song Contest will also go on stage – Izhar Cohen & the Alphabeta (1978), Gali Atari and Milk & Honeu (1979), Dana International (1998) and Netta Barzilai will perform after Madonna.
In the semifinals will feature performances by Eleni Foureira, Conchita Wurst, Måns Zelmerlöw (winner of Eurovision 2015) and Verka Serduchka.
This year, 41 countries participate in the contest, less two than last year's record. Slovenia, Belarus, the Czech Republic, Montenegro, Cyprus, Serbia, Finland, Poland and Hungary play in the first semi-final of the festival on 14 May.
Estonia, Portugal, San Marino, Iceland, Georgia Australia, Belgium and Greece take the stage in the second semi-final, scheduled for May 16. Israel, as the organizing country, and the 'big five' (France, Spain, Germany, Italy and the United Kingdom) have direct access to the final.