Madonna is reportedly set to perform at the Eurovision Song Contest for $1million (£764,905).
The 60-year-old will expected to hit the stage at the annual competition in Tel Aviv, Israel next month. The European Broadcasting Union has confirmed to Haaretz that the singer will perform two songs at the event.
The bill for the pop legend’s appearance will allegedly be footed by billionaire businessman Sylvan Adams. She’s said to be bringing an entourage of 160 people and it’s reportedly going to cost the massive amount.
The Like A Prayer singer is said to be performing two songs during the show, one of her hits and a new song, however, reports suggest she’s experienced some tension with Eurovision producers over the new track because of its political messages.
The nation is set to host the singing competition after the country’s entry, Netta, won last year with the song Toy. The choice of location has caused much controversy, with calls from around the world to boycott the ceremony. There have been calls to boycott Israel’s hosting of Eurovision due to their occupation of Palestinian territories; however, Netta and this year’s host Assi Azar have both opposed the idea of a boycott.
Assi told Metro.co.uk: ‘I don’t want to give any room to people that want to ban something that’s all about music. Leave the politics to the politicians. ‘The only way to create peace and love is by communicating, through meeting and talking – not through banning. The people who want to celebrate hate, Eurovision is not the place for them.’