Pop icon Madonna will be performing at the 64th edition of the Eurovision Song Contest this May.
In an article by Variety, the legendary entertainer’s representative confirmed her attendance to the annual singing competition in Tel Aviv with a 65-strong group of backup performers and crew.
Her performance is expected to last 15 minutes and will cost Israel an estimated $1.3 million, a price tag said to have been picked up by Canadian-Israeli billionaire Sylvan Adams. Other reports further suggested she would be performing two songs: one of her more notable pieces as well as a new single to be dropped during the May 18 finale show.
Madonna, touted as the best-selling female artist of all time, joins Justin Timberlake as the second international guest-performing artist at the Eurovision Song Contest; Timberlake himself took to the stage during the 2016 edition of the show with the songs “Rock Your Body” and “Can’t Stop The Feeling!”
The 64th Eurovision Song Contest will be aired live to over 200 million viewers, with semi-final shows on 14th and 16th May, and a grand finale on 18th May. Malta will be represented by X Factor Malta winner Michela Pace during the second semi-final show with the song “Chameleon”.