Holy-day! Madonna is confirmed to perform at Eurovision in Tel Aviv

Holy-day! Madonna is confirmed to perform at Eurovision in Tel Aviv

Holy-day! Madonna is confirmed to perform at Eurovision in Tel Aviv

Madonna will perform at this year's Eurovision Song Contest in Tel Aviv on May 18.

The pop icon will reach more than 180 million viewers when she takes to the stage in Tel Aviv on 18 May.

"Official news and updates will come directly from the Eurovision channels in due course".

Singers Lana Del Rey and Lorde both cancelled planned tours of Israel in 2018 after heeding calls from BDS campaigners to not perform in the country in solidarity with Palestinians.

Madonna performs "Nothing Compares 2 U" during her tribute to Prince at the 2016 Billboard Awards in Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S., May 22, 2016.

She has been working on an untitled new album for the last several months.

Madonna's decision to appear, confirmed by a representative, could prove controversial after stars including Pink Floyd's Roger Waters called for a boycott.

The multi-day event is being held in Israel after the country won the contest a year ago.

"I believe her performance, accompanied by dozens of professional backup dancers, will make a significant contribution to the success of the event and to the strengthening of Israel's positive branding in the world".

Her performance is expected to last 15 minutes and will cost Israel an estimated $1.3 million, a price tag said to have been picked up by Canadian-Israeli billionaire Sylvan Adams.

The 43-year-old electronic music producer, whose real name is Ville Virtanen, will perform the track "Look Away" with vocalist Sebastian Rejman.

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