Madonna to get $1 mn for performing two songs

Madonna confirmed to perform two songs at Eurovision Song Contest 2019

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The world's most successful ever female popstar is set to perform at perhaps the most controversial Eurovision in living memory.

Israeli-Canadian billionaire Sylvan Adams will cover the $1.3 million cost to bring in the superstar, who last performed in Israel in 2012 when she kicked off her world tour in Tel Aviv.

Her appearance was first announced by local promoters Live Nation Israel, who said the performance would be "both historical and hysterical".

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

Despite this, however, Eurovision organisers told the BBC that "No final decisions have been made, or agreements signed".

As per the reports confirmed by the representatives of the singer to the Variety, Madonna will perform two songs which are a classic from her repertoire and a new single, at the show's finale on May 18.

In any case, Eurovision 2019 has just officially acquired an extra element of excitement and memorability due to Madonna's confirmation.

Israel won the Eurovision Song Contest for the first time in two decades previous year, with Netta Barzilai's women's empowerment anthem, "Toy".

The cost of bringing the global superstar to Israel will be covered by Israeli-Canadian billionaire Sylvan Adams.

The classically-trained star, who will perform her song Zero Gravity at this year's contest, said: "I absolutely respect his point of view, but for me, personally, the idea of completely blocking off an entire people, an entire country, from music, culture and learning".

The annual competition, which sees eclectic acts from across over 56 member countries battle against each other for the grand prize and the chance to host the ceremony in their own country.

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