Citi® is the official credit card of the Madame X Tour

Monday, 20-May, 2020 – Lisbon, PT. Following last week’s heralded announcement that Madonna will perform a series of rare and intimate performances exclusively in theatres, Madonna, Live Nation, Everything Is New and Maverick today unveiled the dates for the first of the European shows in Lisbon, 16, 18 & 19 January, 2020 at the Lisbon Coliseum.Tickets for these very special performances go on sale Saturday, 25-May (10am) at

The Madame X Tour will kick off September 12th at the BAM Howard Gilman Opera House in New York and will feature multiple nights of shows in each city including performances at the Chicago Theatre, The Wiltern in Los Angeles, the Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, the Boch Center Wang Theatre in Boston, The Met Philadelphia and at the Fillmore Miami Beach at the Jackie Gleason Theatre in 2019. The Madame X Tour will then kick off 2020 with performances at the Coliseum in Lisbon, The London Palladium and at Le Grand Rex in Paris.

Madonna is the best-selling female solo touring artist of all time and has the highest-grossing concert tour ever by a female artist with her Sticky & Sweet Tour (2008-2009) at $408 million.

Influenced creatively by living in Lisbon over the past several years, Madame X is a collection of 15 new songs that celebrate Madonna’s career-long affair with Latin music and culture as well as other global influences.  Prior to the June 14 global release of her highly anticipated new studio album Madame X, Madonna is sharing 5 songs with fans including the infectious pop gem “Crave” featuring Swae Lee and produced by Mike Dean, the empowering ballad “I Rise”, the critically-acclaimed “Medellín,” Friday’s release of Jamaican dancehall vibes of “Future” featuring Quavo as well as the sonically innovative “Dark Ballet” on June 7.

Madonna’s long-time promoter Arthur Fogel, President – Global Touring and Chairman – Global Music, Live Nation said: “The chance for fans to see Madonna at these venues is incredibly special. We are proud and excited to be able to deliver this ultimate opportunity for her fans.”

Tickets for the Madame X concerts 16, 18 & 19 January at the Lisbon Coliseum will go on sale Saturday, 25 May at 10am at ICON is Madonna’s official fan club and Lifetime Legacy members of ICON will be eligible for a special presale starting Wed. 22 May (10am) – Thursday, 23-May (5pm). Complete details at:

Tickets for these very special Madame X performances are available at €75.00 – €300.00 (plus applicable service fees). Fans may also access Ticket & Hotel packages which include great ticket locations, exclusive merchandise, hotel accommodations and more.

The tour is presented by Live Nation Global Touring.


16-January        Lisbon, PT        Lisbon Coliseum
18-January        Lisbon, PT        Lisbon Coliseum
19-January        Lisbon, PT        Lisbon Coliseum

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Verified Fan Code Holders May Now Choose from 12 Performances!

Citi® is the official credit card of the Madame X Tour

(Monday 20 May 2019, London U.K.) Following last week’s heralded announcement that Madonna will perform a series of rare and intimate performances at the iconic London Palladium on 26, 27, 29, 30 January and 1 and 2 February 2020, Live Nation and Maverick announced today that due to overwhelming Verified Fan registrations an additional six shows at The London Palladium have just been confirmed. Verified Fans code holders may now choose from 12 performances with news shows added on 4, 5, 6, 8, 9 & 11 February, 2020.

Tickets for all Verified Fan code holders go on sale this Friday, 24-May at 9am at  Tickets for the newly added shows will be available to Verified Icon Legacy members beginning this morning – Monday, 20-May at 9am through Tuesday, 21 (4pm).  Citi is the official presale credit card of the Madame X tour and  as such, Citi credit and debit cardholders who received their Verified Fan code can take advantage of a special Citi Presale beginning Wednesday, 22-May at 9AM and through Thursday, 23-May at 4PM . Tickets will be limited to 4 tickets per person.

The tour is presented by Live Nation Global Touring.


26 January        London, U.K.        The London Palladium
27 January        London, U.K.        The London Palladium
29 January        London, U.K.        The London Palladium
30 January        London, U.K.        The London Palladium
01 February      London, U.K.        The London Palladium
02 February      London, U.K.        The London Palladium

Additional UK Shows:
04 February         London, U.K.        The London Palladium
05 February         London, U.K.        The London Palladium
06 February         London, U.K.        The London Palladium
08 February         London, U.K.        The London Palladium
09 February         London, U.K.        The London Palladium
11 February         London, U.K.        The London Palladium

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Madonna Caught Broadcasters By Surprise With Her ‘Freedom Fighter’ Statement at Eurovision 2019

Madonna, performs live on stage after the 64th annual Eurovision Song Contest held at Tel Aviv Fairgrounds on May 18, 2019 in Tel Aviv, Israel.

The Netherlands might have won the Eurovision Song Contest 2019 in Tel Aviv, but it was Madonna’s political message that stole the spotlight.

After rumors of creative interference by the European Broadcasting Union were swirling in local media in the days leading up to the live show, Madonna took the stage at Tel Aviv Expo as part of the interval act in the annual European event on Saturday night (May 18) and flashed Israeli and Palestinian flags alongside each other.

She performed “Like a Prayer” and “Future,” her new collaboration with Migos’ Quavo, who joined her onstage. The 9-minute showcase ended with the two walking up a flight of stairs as two dancers appeared with their backs to the crowd. A tall man in black with the Israeli flag on his back held hands with a girl in white with the Palestinian flag on hers, and the words “WAKE UP” flashed on the screen.

“Madame X is a freedom Fighter,” wrote the entertainer on Twitter early Sunday morning (May 19) in a caption for the clip of the controversial moment. “I am grateful. For the opportunity to spread the message of peace and unity with the world.”

During the broadcast, a pre-recorded interview with Madonna rolled to promote her forthcoming album Madame X in which she teased, “Baby, I’m going to bring the heat tonight!”

Backlash in the Holy Land soon followed with some calling the Material Girl out. The European Broadcasting Union and Israeli public broadcaster KAN were caught by surprise, and said that “this was not part of the rehearsal” and not the previously-cleared content in a statement they released after the broadcast.

Earlier on Saturday a rep for Madonna clarified that reports of the singer receiving up to $1.35 million by a Jewish Canadian philanthropist were incorrect, instead claiming the amount was “a contribution made to the Israeli production” and that “Madonna did not receive a fee for her performance.”

Madonna’s was not the only Eurovision protest to catch organizers off-guard. In the final moments of the show, upon revealing voting results and the camera cutting to delegations to capture their reactions, Icelandic band Hatari held up a banner with the Palestinian flag and were met with booing from the crowd.

Eurovision is now headed to the Netherlands in May of 2020.

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Madonna sparks flag controversy at ‘non-political’ Eurovision

Dancers performed during Madonna's guest appearance at the Eurovision Song Contest [EPA]
Dancers performed during Madonna’s guest appearance at the Eurovision Song Contest [EPA]

Madonna’s anticipated guest performance during the Eurovision Song Contest in Israel sparked controversy in the final moments of the show. 

The star appeared on Saturday draped in a black cape and a black eye-patch during her performance of 1989 hit “Like A Prayer,” and new single “Future”.

At the close of her second number, two backing dancers each wearing a respective flag from Israeland Palestine, walked arm in arm, in an act that was perceived as a political statement on the ongoing conflict between Israel and Palestine. 

The performance also saw dancers falling to the ground while wearing gas masks, and concluded with Madonna and the US rapper Quavo walking together as the words “wake up” appeared behind them. 

The European Broadcasting Union, which co-produced the contest alongside Israel’s national broadcaster, issued a statement immediately after. 

“This element of the performance was not cleared with the EBU and the Host Broadcaster, KAN. The Eurovision Song Contest is a non-political event and Madonna had been made aware of this,” it said.

Madonna performs during a guest appearance at the Grand Final of the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest [Reuters] 

The 60-year-old singer’s participation in the event brought protests from the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement earlier. 

BDS has for years been pushing for investors and artists to shun Israel over its decades-long occupation of Palestinian territories, and led calls for a boycott of this year’s Eurovision, calling it an “art-wash”.

She defended her decision, issuing a statement earlier in the week saying that she would always speak up to defend human rights, and that she hoped to see “a new path toward peace”.

After her performance some condemned her decision to make a statement, while others praised her for using her platform to make a point.

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Madonna’s ‘Game of Thrones’ Eurovision Performance Ends with Peace Message

Madonna's 'Game of Thrones' Eurovision Performance Ends with Peace Message

Eurovision Song Contest

Madonna capped off the annual Eurovision Song Contest in Tel Aviv Saturday evening with performances of her classic hit “Like a Prayer,” a snippet of the song “Dark Ballet,” and a duet with Quavo on “Future,” the latter two from her June 14 release “Madame X.”

Though fans were initially distracted by her Jean Paul Gaultier-designed medieval look — she said it was Joan of Arc-inspired, while many viewers and actor Pilou Asbaek thought it was more “Game of Thrones” — her inclusion of a Palestinian flag caused enough controversy that the show issued an explanation to viewers.


“In the live broadcast of the Eurovision Song Contest Grand Final,” a statement read, “two of Madonna’s dancers briefly displayed the Israeli and Palestinian flags on the back of their outfits. This element of the performance was not part of the rehearsals which had been cleared with the EBU and the Host Broadcaster, KAN. The Eurovision Song Contest is a non-political event and Madonna had been made aware of this.”


Her decision to incorporate the flags into the performance, which reportedly cost her $1 million and for which she received no fee, seemed to reflect a sentiment she expressed in a brief pre-show interview: “Let’s never underestimate the power of music to bring people together.”

According to Variety, an insider said Madonna’s use of the flags was “meant as a message of peace.”

Her performance ended with the words “WAKE UP” projected behind her and Quavo, with the two dramatically falling backward off their elaborate set as planned.

Prior to her darkly staged, controversial set, Madonna was gracious to the 26 acts competing in the contest, telling them, “You’re all winners. To get where you are right now is not easy… You’ve earned your way.” She went on to say, “That makes you a winner no matter what happens.”

Everyone was a winner, but the top vote-getter was Duncan Laurence of the Netherlands, whose “Arcade” had been heavily favored to win.

The Eurovision Song Contest has been held annually since 1956, with over 50 countries eligible to compete.

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Madonna performs at Eurovision (more) press pictures

TEL AVIV, ISRAEL – MAY 17: Dancers for Madonna display the flags of Israel and Palestine on their backs during Madonnas performance live on stage during the 64th annual Eurovision Song Contest held at Tel Aviv Fairgrounds on May 17, 2019 in Tel Aviv, Israel. (Photo by Michael Campanella/Getty Images)
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Madonna shocks with Israeli, Palestinian flags during Eurovision performance

n much-anticipated appearance at the Eurovision Song Contest in Israel, Madonna made an apparent call for peace in the region.

The 60-year-old pop headlined a two-song set on Saturday (May 18) during the final night of the 64th annual continental song competition held in Tel Aviv. 


According to a BBC report, Madonna defied earlier calls from activists to cancel this appearance in Tel Aviv. 

During the Queen of Pop’s performance of Future with Quavo, two of her backing dancers were seen walking away with their arms around each other.

On their backs, one dancer wore an Israeli flag and the other wore a Palestinian flag.

The moment didn’t go unnoticed, with fans pointing out the political statement on the long-standing Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

“In the live broadcast… two of Madonna’s dancers briefly displayed the Israeli and Palestinian flags on the back of their outfits,” a statement from the organisers said following the contest.

The European Broadcasting Union – producer of the Eurovision contest – addressed the dancers’ outfits, confirming that “this element of the performance was not part of the rehearsals which had been cleared with the EBU and the Host Broadcaster, KAN.”

A representative for Madonna provided website Entertainment Weekly (EW) with a photo of the performance with a note that “a message of peace is not political.”

EW also reported that in addition to performing, Madonna appeared for a brief interview during Eurovision’s live telecast, telling the audience “The one thing that brings me to [these] countries and the thing that brings all of these people here tonight is music, so let’s never underestimate the power of music to bring people together.”

She then quoted her 2000 single Music by saying: “Music makes the people come together, yeah!”

Her performance has drawn a mixed response from viewers. While some criticised her decision to make a statement, others praised her for using her large platform to make a point.

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Madonna makes call for Israel-Palestine unity at Eurovision

In her much-anticipated and politically contentious performance at Eurovision in Israel, Madonna made an apparent call for peace in the region.

As she and guest star Quavo sang the lyrics “Not everyone is coming to the future / Not everyone is learning from the past”, a pair of her dancers – one wearing a costume bearing a Palestinian flag, another with an Israeli flag – embraced as they climbed a set of stairs at the climax of the performance.

Earlier, in an interstitial portion of the performance between the songs Like a Prayer and Future, she spoke to figures wearing gas masks, asking:

They are so naive – they think we are not aware of their crimes. We know, but we’re just not ready to act. The storm isn’t in the air, it’s inside of us. I want to tell you about love and loneliness. But it’s getting late now. Can’t you hear outside of your Supreme hoodie, the wind that’s beginning to howl?

The Tel Aviv performance ended with Madonna whispering the words “wake up”, also printed on a big screen behind her, as she and Quavo collapsed backwards from the stage. The BBC commentator Graham Norton said that there was a “slightly muted response to Madonna in the hall” following the performance.

It is unlikely that organisers were aware of the political aspects of Madonna’s performance as she rehearsed it behind closed doors.

Cultural figures including Rogers Waters and Brian Eno have vociferously opposed the staging of Eurovision in Israel, claiming that the country has violated human rights in the Palestinian territories. Primal Scream’s Bobby Gillespie described Madonna as a “prostitute” for playing at the ceremony.

Madonna made reference to the political tensions in a statement earlier this week, saying: “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. My heart breaks every time I hear about the innocent lives that are lost in this region and the violence that is so often perpetuated to suit the political goals of people who benefit from this ancient conflict. I hope and pray that we will soon break free from this terrible cycle of destruction and create a new path towards peace.”

Her performance of Like a Prayer, accompanied by a monastic choir, was poorly received, with fans online accusing her of being out of tune.

Icelandic performers Hatari later showed support for Palestine, holding up Palestinian flags as their points scores were read out.

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Madonna, performs live on stage after the 64th annual Eurovision Song Contest held at Tel Aviv (press pictures)

TEL AVIV, ISRAEL – MAY 18: Madonna, performs live on stage after the 64th annual Eurovision Song Contest held at Tel Aviv Fairgrounds on May 18, 2019 in Tel Aviv, Israel.

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Madonna to channel Joan of Arc at Eurovision, designer Gaultier says

TEL AVIV (Reuters) – Jean-Paul Gaultier has dressed Madonna as a “futuristic” Joan of Arc for her guest performance at the Eurovision Song Contest final in Israel, the fashion designer told Reuters on Saturday.

“It’s fantastic to have Madonna, especially for the Eurovision,” Gaultier said outside the Tel Aviv venue of the 2019 songfest.

The French designer said his inspiration came from one of his own countrywomen.

“Kind of Joan of Arc, you know? Because she is like a winner – a winner, kind of. A warrior, let’s say,” he said, smiling.

“Twenty years, thirty years ago (Madonna) didn’t know what was Eurovision, and now she’s singing there.”

Madonna was scheduled to perform two songs at the music competition – new number “Future” and her 1989 hit “Like A Prayer”.

The 60-year-old “Queen of Pop”, known for repeatedly reinventing herself, has faced criticism for performing in Israel – pro-Palestinian groups have urged musicians to shun the event to protest Israel’s policies in the West Bank and in Gaza.

Israel says the boycott calls are discriminatory and anti-Semitic, which boycott activists deny.

In a statement earlier this week, Madonna explained her decision to attend, saying she would always speak up to defend human rights and that she hoped to see “a new path towards peace”.

Gaultier has collaborated with the music superstar for decades, from her iconic conical bras to the glitzy Met Gala in New York.

His work with Eurovision is also long-standing: he has dressed previous winners Dana International and Conchita Wurst.

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Madonna’s ‘unbelievable’ Eurovision show will see singer perform Like A Prayer 30 years after release

MADONNA will recreate her iconic Like A Prayer music video as she performs inside a chapel during tonight’s Eurovision Song Contest final.

Show host Assi Azar has teased fans that they can expect an “unbelievable” show from the 60-year-old Queen of Pop.

The host appeared on Graham Norton’s BBC radio show to discuss insider secrets to tonight’s live final, expected to reach a whopping 200 million viewers.

He explained: “I saw the rehearsal yesterday… It’s an amazing show, what she’s doing on the stage. She’s literally taking over our entire stage, changing it completely.

It’s expected that Madonna will have a 10-minute performance at the end of the interval – while telephone votes are counted for the competing countries.

he star is said to have landed £800,000 for the performance that will also feature latest single, Future.

Madonna’s highly-anticipated performances comes after weeks of uncertainty that the Queen of Pop would make it to Tel Aviv.

“Both sides get a lot out of it – Eurovision gets Madonna, no need to explain, and Madonna gets the 200 million viewers that are watching her tonight.”

Last night a statement from Eurovision said: “We are pleased to finally confirm that the incomparable music icon Madonna will join us at this year’s Eurovision Song Contest.

“Performing live during the biggest entertainment show in the world will be a special moment for everyone – not least the fans.

“The talent on display in the competition this year is phenomenal and I’m sure the artists will further be inspired by her incredible performance and staging.

“We know that it will be an evening to remember and can’t wait to share it with everyone watching.”

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Arthur Fogel discusses Madonna’s Madame X Tour

As this issue was going to press, Madonna had just announced dates for her upcoming “Madame X” Tour in support of her upcoming 14th studio album of the same name. And, as luck would have it, Arthur Fogel, the man overseeing Madge’s tours for the past 18 years, also happens to be Live Nation’s esteemed president of global touring and chairman of global music (and an Impact 50 honoree, click here). Here, he breaks down what to expect for the global superstar’s first jaunt since 2015’s Rebel Heart Tour and her serious underplays. 

How many tours have you done with Madonna? 
This will be my sixth. I started with her in 2001. Prior to that, she had toured, I think twice in 15 years? So, this is the sixth in whatever 18 years. She’s Madonna, right? This particular tour is a bit of a twist because she’s going to play multiple nights in smaller venues. It is not an arena tour or stadium tour. 
What kinds of places will she play? 
For instance, in New York, we’re playing Brooklyn Academy of Music. Basically, we’re going to do eight or nine cities over the course of the tour. Really, it comes from this album, it’s just a different kind of vibe. It lends itself more to intimacy. As we talked about it, it seemed to make sense to go this route rather than into bigger buildings. That’s what we’re going to do.
Is she doing multiple nights at each spot?

Yes. We’re playing three cities in Europe – London, Paris, and Lisbon. That’s it over there, and here, we’re doing LA [The Wiltern], New York [BAM], Chicago [The Chicago Theater], Miami [Fillmore Miami Beach at the Jackie Gleason Theatre], Vegas [Caesars Palace], Boston [the Boch Center Wang Theatre], Philly [The Met Philadelphia]. Multiple nights in each of those cities.

If she’s doing BAM I’m guessing it’s going to be fairly theatrical?
Listen, Madonna’s shows always have that dimension to them, but I would say it’s much more about the musical tone and vibe than it is pure theatrics. Maybe you’ve heard the first single? It’s definitely sort of Spanish influenced, world music-y, as much as a pop record.
Madonna doing BAM and the Wiltern and all these smaller theaters sounds like another innovative approach and iteration of the business. I would never have expected to see Madonna play those places in a million years.
I think it’s important, over a touring career, to change things up. It’s a part of what excites fans, keeps artists energized. I mean if you go out and do the same thing every tour, eventually that catches up to you. I think it’s great when people change it up, do different things, certainly, as it relates to creating music. There used to be a lot more tolerance for people changing things up and trying different things. I think doing that live is really important to longevity as well.
What do you do as her promoter now when you’ve announced the tour? What does that mean for your year ahead?
I would say most of the heavy lifting is done. We’ve been working on it for several months. Obviously, putting together the routing and the venues and putting all the pieces together on the marketing side, and the onsale. With Madonna, U2, my longtime clients, Gaga, I’m also the producer, so there’s both sides of the equation, right? There’s this kind of traditional promoter side, but there’s also the producer, production side. So, there’s a lot of pieces to put together, which we’ve been doing over the last several months. By the time this is announced, things will be in place. We’ll go on sale, and then it’s just sort of waiting to start in September. 
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Madonna Drops ‘Future,’ New Song With Quavo

Madonna has dropped the fourth song from “Madame X,” her forthcoming album, a reggae-flavored duet with Migos’ Quavo called “Future.” The pair previously collaborated on “Champagne Rose,” a song from his solo debut, “Quavo Huncho.” Previous songs released from the album include the Maluma duet “Medellin,” the Swae Lee duet “Crave,” and the ballad “I Rise.” One more song will be released before the album’s June 14 drop date: “Dark Ballet” on June 7.

Late Thursday it was announced that Madonna’s controversial performance at the Eurovision song awards in Israel — which had been marred by pro-Palestinian protests and reports of contractual issues — will take place Saturday night after all.

Madonna announced earlier this week dates for her “Madame X Tour,” a series of intimate performances taking place exclusively in theaters — additional shows were confirmed just hours after the initial run of dates was announced. In New York, 12 shows are confirmed at the BAM Howard Gilman Opera House on September 12, 14, 15, 17, 19, 21, 22, 24, 25, 26, 28 and October 1. In Los Angeles, nine shows are set at The Wiltern for November 12, 13, 14, 16, 17, 21, 23, 24 and 25. Shows at the Chicago Theatre are on October 15, 16, 17 and 21.

The “Madame X” tour will also visit Las Vegas, Boston, Philadelphia, Miami, Lisbon, London and Paris. Dates and details on those cities to come in the near future.

The 15-track “Madame X” celebrates Madonna’s career-long affair with Latin music and culture as well as other global influences. Singing in Portuguese, Spanish and English, Madonna collaborated on “Madame X’ with longtime producer Mirwais, as well as with producers Mike Dean and Diplo, among others.



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Madonna Embraces The ‘Future’ In Her New Song Ft. Quavo

Madonna has released her new song ‘Future,’ which features Migos’ Quavo. It’s the second collaboration the pair have released following ‘Champagne Rosé,’ which appeared on the rapper’s solo debut, Quavo Huncho. You can check the new track out below.

On the reggae-tinged song, the pair look to what is ahead, celebrate the present and also contemplate the past. “Not everyone can come into the future/Not everyone that’s here is gonna last” Madonna sings, in a hopeful tone about shedding any recent negativity.  Meanwhile, Quavo reflects on his current status while looking forward to what’s to come. “My life is gold,” he raps. “I drip in ice/I see the signs/Just free your mind/Welcome to the future, it’s a culture ride.”

Prior to unveiling the track, Madonna alluded to the collaboration via Twitter and Quavo took to Instagram to hint at the project as well. Madonna’s latest Madame X single follows the pop icon’s previously released ‘Crave’ featuring Rae Sremmurd’s Swae Lee, ‘I Rise’ and the Maluma-featuring ‘Medellín,’ which the duo performed at the Billboard Music Awards earlier this month.

Following Madame X‘s release on 14 June, Madonna will embark on an intimate theater tour, which launches with a series of shows beginning on 12 September at BAM Howard Gilman Opera House in New York City.

Meanwhile, according to reports in BBC News, Madonna will perform during the final of the Eurovision Song Contest in Tel Aviv, it has finally been confirmed. The singer will perform two songs: ‘Future’ and her 1989 hit ‘Like A Prayer.’

An announcement was made ahead of the contest’s second semi-final on Thursday, ending days of speculation over whether she would indeed appear.

Earlier this week organisers said a contract had yet to be signed and that she could not perform without one. Yet the singer was seen arriving in Israel on Tuesday and has reportedly been rehearsing at a secret location.

“We are pleased to finally confirm that the incomparable music icon Madonna will join us at this year’s Eurovision Song Contest,” said Jon Ola Sand, the event’s executive supervisor.

“We know that it will be an evening to remember and can’t wait to share it with everyone watching.”

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