On this side of the “pond,” the Eurovision Song Contest is mostly ignored. But last year, it was watched by an estimated 189 million viewers from forty countries.
And in Israel, this contest is huge: a combination of the “Super Bowl, World Series and Academy Awards.”
Adding to the excitement is the fact that last year, Israel won, and the rules state that the Eurovision contest takes place in the last winner’s country.
Brava to Madonna for ignoring calls for her to cancel her Tel Aviv performance.
And shame on anti-Israel Jew-hating Roger Waters from Pink Floyd, who is working overtime to try to get Israel banned from Eurovision.
Via Jerusalem Post.
Pop superstar Madonna on Tuesday explained her decision to perform at the Eurovision Song Contest in Israel this week, saying that she will always speak up to defend human rights and hopes to see “a new path toward peace.”
Madonna will make a guest appearance on Saturday during the Eurovision finals in Tel Aviv. The venue has prompted calls for a boycott by pro-Palestinian activists who want companies, performers and governments to disengage from Israel….
In her first comment on her decision to sing at the event, Madonna said she was a supporter of all human rights.
“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,” the singer said in a statement to Reuters….