Madonna participated in the Eurovision Song Contest in Tel Aviv Saturday night (May 18). This appearance precedes the release of her next album, "Madame X", due out June 14th.
Following performances by Israeli singer-songwriter Idan Raichel and Eurovision winner 2018, Netta Barzilai, who sang her latest single "Nana Banana", Madonna opened her stage with "Like a Prayer". you will find in any number of cities in Israel. In the company of Madonna, the controversial and provocative choir of 1989 was accompanied by a choir of dancers and dancers dressed in traditional monk clothes.
He followed with a very choreographed version of "Champagne Rose", a title of Quavo de Migos, who was also present (earlier, he spoke of his trip to Jerusalem as being "really special"). Both hands held at the end of the song, behind which were projected the words "Wake Up".
Some members of the public, observing at home, remarked that "As a prayer" sounded "depressed". It is not known if there is a problem with Madonna's in-ear monitors; Variety contacted the singer's representative for clarification.
Earlier in the series, Madonna was briefly interviewed. Wearing her new eye patch and her braided hair, Madonna joked that she saw Tel-Aviv beach only from the perch of her hotel. It was then sent to the candidates participating in the international music competition. "You are all winners," she said. "To get where you are right now is not easy. … you deserved your way. … It makes you a winner no matter what happens.
That's what Madonna asked the show host if she wanted to use the global platform to send a message. "Look at all the delegates – everyone came from all over the world," she said. "And what brings all these people together is music. So, never underestimate the power of music to bring people together. "
She then directed the 5,000 people present in a song of the chorus of her title "Music" of 2000, highlighting the audience and its ability to "follow the instructions" and sing crocheting: "Music makes people meet" .
Madonna's participation in the beloved international competition has not been without controversy. On May 14, his highly publicized performance was called into question after the show organizers revealed that no contract had yet been signed. The papers were sorted just in time and on May 16th, Madonna received the green light.
Madonna's participation was facilitated in part by Israeli-Canadian billionaire Sylvan Adams, but a source said Variety Madonna did not collect any fees, as it is said in the hours leading up to the event at the Tel Aviv Expo, and offset her production deficit (the performance was disbursed from Million dollars).
In addition, pro-Palestinian activists have strongly protested that international artists and broadcasters are boycotting the show, with Israel being the host country. Madonna tackled the controversy by stating that she "would never stop playing music to suit someone 's political agenda, nor would I stop talking about human rights abuses. man, wherever they are in the world ".
"My heart breaks every time I hear about the innocent lives lost in this region and the violence that is perpetuated so often to meet the political goals of those who benefit from this ancient conflict," said the singer. "I hope and pray that we will soon be able to free ourselves from this terrible cycle of destruction and create a new path to peace."
The Eurovision is a popular annual world event in which countries compete to get the best original song. Each country submits a song that is played live on the show. Then, viewers in each country can then vote for their favorites, excluding the song from their own country, the points being awarded by rating. The country with the most points is declared the winner. The live broadcast is watched by around 200 million viewers around the world.