Madonna to perform at Eurovision in Israel with 'political' songs

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Madonna is set to play two songs during the interval of the Eurovision Song Contest in Israel next month.

In January some 50 British celebrities, including singers Roger Waters and Peter Gabriel, wrote a letter calling on the BBC to press for the 2019 Eurovision contest to be relocated.

The star has recently been teasing new music on social media and was spotted filming a music video in Portugal towards the end of last month. She is expected to release a new album this year.

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 had reportedly asked organizers for $1 million to appear, and that bill will be footed now by an Israeli-Canadian billionaire.

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Park officials told the Letaba Herald that the man entered the park illegally to hunt rhinos but was killed by an elephant . The incident took place Tuesday at Kruger National Park and his remains were recovered two days later, officials said.

Madonna, touted as the best-selling female artist of all time, joins Justin Timberlake as the second global guest-performing artist at the Eurovision Song Contest; Timberlake himself took to the stage during the 2016 edition of the show with the songs "Rock Your Body" and "Can't Stop The Feeling!"

"I'm excited and proud to host Madonna in Israel", Adams said in a statement to the Jerusalem Post.

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

The performance is likely to be highly controversial as other influential figures and singers have already called for a boycott of the event.

Reality show victor Michael Rice will represent the United Kingdom in this year's contest, performing a track called Bigger Than Us.

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