Pop superstar Madonna will make a guest appearance at the Eurovision Song Contest final in Israel this week, headlining a show that is set to include performances by Netta Barzilai, Dana International and Gal Gadot. The full event will take place from May 14-18 in Tel Aviv.
Concert promoters Live Nation Israel and the singer's U.S. representatives confirmed reports in Israeli media that Madonna will perform two songs in Tel Aviv during the three-day Eurovsion competition in May, which features musicians from 41 nations - Bulgaria and Ukraine are not participating in this year's competition.
The Israeli venue has already prompted calls for a boycott by pro-Palestinian activists who are campaigning for companies, performers and governments to disengage from Israel.
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.
Israel was chosen to host the contest after local singer Netta Barzilai won last year in Portugal with "Toy", propelling her to international stardom. The winning country customarily hosts the following year.
Below is the top ten contenders to win this year, according to Eurovisionworld.com's online rankings based on bookmakers’ predictions.
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#1. Duncan Laurence - Arcade - The Netherlands
#2. John Lundvik - Too Late For Love - Sweden
#3. Sergey Lazarev - Scream - Russia
#4. Chingiz - Truth - Azerbaijan
#5. Bilal Hassani - Roi - France
#6. Michela - Chameleon - Malta
#7. Mahmood - Soldi - Italy
#8. Kate Miller-Heidke - Zero Gravity - Australia
#9. Luca Hänni - She Got Me - Switzerland
#10. Hatari - Hatrið mun sigra - Iceland
Reuters contributed to this article