ISRAEL – The Israeli organizers of this year’s Eurovision feared that some of the competitors, under pressure from the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement, might inject politics into their performances. In the end, however, it was Eurovision’s special guest star, Madonna, who used her performance to make a political statement.
In her second song, “Future,” sharp eyes could see that when two of her dancers turned their back, one had a Palestinian flag pinned to their back, while the other featured an Israeli flag, holding hands in a gesture of coexistence.
“In the live broadcast… two of Madonna’s dancers briefly displayed the Israeli and Palestinian flags on the back of their outfits,” a statement from the organisers said following the contest. “This element of the performance was not part of the rehearsals which had been cleared,” it added. “The Eurovision Song Contest is a non-political event and Madonna had been made aware of this.”
When many tried to convince Madonna to boycott Jewish self-determination and persistence, she got on the #Eurovision stage with an Israeli and Palestinian flag in support of co-existence.
— Ariel Sobel (@arielsobelle) May 18, 2019
While some criticised her decision to make a statement, others praised her for using her large platform to make a point.
Madonna left fans disappointed on Saturday night as she performed 1989 hit Like a Prayer at the 64th Eurovision Song Contest, which saw Holland triumph at the competition, held at the Tel Aviv Fairgrounds in Israel.
The highly-anticipated performance, which saw the Queen Of Pop, 60, appear at the top of a flight of steps, dressed in a cape and hood while wearing a metal breastplate, left fans and celebrity watchers less than impressed with her ‘tone deaf’ vocals and reliance on autotune.
— Pilou Asbaek (@PilouAsbaek) May 18, 2019