Yes, it’s kitsch and bold and brassy, but you can stop pretending that you don't secretly watch it! No one can doubt that it's been fun to watch for the past 63 years, and this 64th Eurovision Song Contest in Israel is proving to be a doozy as Madonna has been confirmed to be performing two songs. Look out for Aussie Kate Miller-Heidke representing Australia as well.
With the finale to be held on 18 May in Tel Aviv, Israel, there are some 41 countries from across Europe lined up to perform, including Australia, with the mellifluous and melodious Kate Miller-Heidke representing our fair country.
According to a report from the Sydney Morning Herald, while a formal announcement has not yet been made by Eurovision's organising body, the European Broadcasting Union, the Israeli public broadcaster KAN has confirmed the deal.
Live Nation, the music touring company with which Madonna has a representation agreement, and the star's Los Angeles-based publicist have also confirmed the superstar is Eurovision-bound.
The legendary pop icon will perform two songs at the final; one will be an oldie and the other will be from her upcoming album.
Previous musicians performing during intervals have included Justin Timberlake in in 2016, and Australia’s Jessica Mauboy in 2014, but Madonna is clearly the highest profile performer ever to perform at the song festival.
Eurovision is being held in Israel this year after Israeli performer Netta Barzilai won the contest last year in Portugal with her feisty song “Toy” which referenced the #MeToo movement.