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Madonna on Eurovision drama: 'I’ll never stop playing music to suit someone’s political agenda'

2019-05-16 09:21

Cape Town - Madonna has commented on her expected performance at the Eurovision Song Contest in Tel Aviv, Israel on Saturday.

The pop icon's upcoming appearance has drawn sharp criticism from human rights activists.

"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," Madonna said in a statement to Reuters in response to criticism. 

The 60-year-old's Eurovision performance was announced in April of this year. 

Last month, Roger Waters wrote an op-ed for The Guardian attempting to dissuade the pop icon from appearing at the event.  The singer is expected to perform two songs at the event which pits the best of Europe (and Australia's) talent against each other in a sing-off that is determined by audience votes. 


Madonna may not even be able to perform at the glitzy gathering, as organisers claim diva has yet to sign a contract.  

According to The Daily Mail, the concert cost organisers $1m. Even without the alleged signature on the dotted line it is rumoured that Madonna has arrived in Israel and has started rehearsing. 

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