Madonna arrives in Israel ahead of Eurovision performance

Madonna arrives in Israel ahead of Eurovision performance

Madonna will continue with arrangements to perform at the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest final in Tel Aviv, Israel on Saturday, ignoring calls for her to boycott the event from human rights activists around the world.

Once those 10 are taken, those 20 acts will perform the Grand Final alongside representatives from the host country, Israel, and "the big five" - Italy, Spain, France, Germany and the UK. Australian contestant Kate Miller-Heidke is through to the finals.

Tuesday's round dashed the dreams of performers from Montenegro, Finland, Poland, Hungary, Georgia, Portugal and Belgium.

There will be a second Eurovision elimination round in Tel Aviv on Thursday.

In response to Madonna's statement, the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel has responded, calling Eurovision an "artwashing" of "Israel's brutal oppression of Palestinians".

However, she addressed the issue in a statement to Reuters: 'I'll never stop playing music to suit someone's political agenda nor will I stop speaking out against violations of human rights wherever in the world they may be.

The cyberattack did not affect the TV broadcast of the global song contest, which is run by the European Broadcast Union.

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"But I am happy to say that within a few minutes we managed to assume control over this phenomenon".

Madonna has recently released a series of singles in the lead up to Madame X, her 14th album, out June 14.

"We know that at a certain stage there was an attempt, apparently by Hamas, to commandeer our digital broadcast", Kan CEO, Eldad Koblenz, told Israel's Army Radio.

The Jewish state won the job of hosting this year's 64th Eurovision contest after Israeli singer Netta Barzilai's victory in Portugal last year. Last year's victor was Israeli entrant Netta Barzilai with the song "Toy", which went on to top the Billboard dance club chart in the USA in August, a first for an Israeli singer.

KAN's online coverage of Tuesday evening's first semi-final in Tel Aviv was interrupted by what appeared to be satellite imagery of the seaside city superimposed with graphics of a smoke plume suggesting a rocket strike.

Eurovision has become a much-loved annual event across Europe since it began in 1956 with just seven countries participating.

Malta first took part in the Eurovision back in 1971 and has been in the contest 31 times since then- so far with no victories to take home. Each country submits an original song that is performed live on the show.

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