Madonna plans to perform during the Eurovision Song Contest in Israel next month.
However, her appearance during the interval of the annual festival could prove controversial amid calls to boycott the event.
Accompanied by a 65-person entourage, including backup dancers, the 60-year-old pop icon is expected to perform two songs – a popular hit and a new single – in Tel Aviv on May 18, according to reports.
Stars including Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters and fellow musician Brian Eno, as well as filmmakers Ken Loach and Mike Leigh, have called for a boycott of the event.
Madonna first performed in Israel in 1993, then again in 2009 and 2012. She has also visited the Holy Land on other occasions in the context of her interest in Kabbalah.
The show, which is being held in the country after Israeli singer Netta won last year’s contest in Portugal, will be hosted by model Bar Refaeli and veteran Israeli TV personality Erez Tal.
By Damilola Faustino
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