Pop Icon Madonna Will Sing at Eurovision in Israel

UK commentator Graham Norton as seen on his eponymous The Graham Norton Show on BBC One

UK commentator Graham Norton as seen on his eponymous The Graham Norton Show on BBC One

Madonna has been urged to abandon reported plans to perform at this year's Eurovision Song Contest. Other reports further suggested she would be performing two songs: one of her more notable pieces as well as a new single to be dropped during the May 18 finale show.

The program's foreign correspondents will review the preparations on location ahead of the performances, and KAN's celebrated journalist Shani Nahshony will accompany the broadcast with news updates about what is happening behind the scenes of the Eurovision Song Contest in Tel Aviv.

Israel's public broadcaster KAN confirmed the 60-year-old icon will make an appearance on stage, with the expected $1million (£770,000) cost being met by Israeli-Canadian billionaire Sylvan Adams.

American singer-songwriter, Madonna, will perform at the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest, which is due to be held in Tel Aviv, in central Israel, amid calls to boycott the event.

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Eurovision and representatives of Madonna have been contacted for comment. Clare singer Sarah McTernan has been selected as the Irish contestant for the event. Waters, as well as fellow musician Brian Eno and filmmakers Ken Loach and Mike Leigh, put their names on a letter published in The Guardian backing an appeal from Palestinian artists.

Madonna performs during the 2016 Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas.

Israeli citizens are heading to the polls today to vote in their legislative elections.

Another Twitter user writes: "Dear 'Madonna, open Your Heart to the Palestinian people in Gaza". In a controversial bid to snatch electoral victory, the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu - now facing charges of corruption - yesterday promised to annexe the lands in the West Bank which are illegally occupied by Israeli settlers.

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