Madonna confirmed for Eurovision following uncertainty

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Madonna has FINALLY announced that she will definitely be performing at the Eurovision Song Contest's live final on Saturday 18 May (Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, archivo)

Rumours that Madonna was going to perform during the Eurovision Song Contest have been circulating for the last few weeks. Now, fans of the music legend have something concrete to get excited about as her appearance has been confirmed.

It looks like the Queen of Pop is set to put on a bit of a show on stage in Tel Aviv, Israel, as reports claim that she won’t just be singing her new single Future, featuring US rapper Quavo, but 1989 hit Like a Prayer too.

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According to the BBC, she will be joined by a 35-strong choir during her rendition of the latter track.

"We are pleased to finally confirm that the incomparable icon Madonna will join us at this year's Eurovision Song Contest," said event's executive supervisor Jon Ola Sand in a video posted on Madonna’s social media accounts on Thursday (17 May).

"We know that it will be an evening to remember and can't wait to share it with everyone watching."

Earlier this week, Madonna defended her right to perform at Eurovision amid pro-Palestinian activists’ attempts to get her to boycott the event.

"I'll never stop playing music to suit someone's political agenda,” she explained in a statement. “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.

TEL AVIV, ISRAEL - MAY 16: Sarah McTernan from Ireland performs during the 64th annual Eurovision Song Contest held at Tel Aviv Fairgrounds on May 16, 2019 in Tel Aviv, Israel. (Photo by Guy Prives/Getty Images)
TEL AVIV, ISRAEL - MAY 16: Sarah McTernan from Ireland performs during the 64th annual Eurovision Song Contest held at Tel Aviv Fairgrounds on May 16, 2019 in Tel Aviv, Israel. (Photo by Guy Prives/Getty Images)

"I hope and pray that we will soon break free from this terrible cycle of destruction and create a new path towards peace."

The 60-year-old singer announced the official dates for her upcoming Madame X tour, which begins in New York in September. It’ll conclude towards the end of February in Paris, France.

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The tour - which coincides with the release of her album - made headlines recently after it was revealed that the ticket prices will range from £42 for a basic ticket, to a VIP experience that could set the buyer back over £1500.

As for Eurovision, Ireland was booted out of the competition during last night’s second semi-final. As it stands, countries including France, Malta, Azerbaijan, Germany, Russia, Cyprus, Italy, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom will compete for the top prize on Saturday.

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