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Officieel: Madonna treedt op tijdens Eurovisie Songfestival in Tel Aviv

Madonna heeft zojuist officieel aangegeven dat zij zal optreden tijdens de finale van het Eurovisie Songfestival in Tel Aviv, wat aanstaande zaterdag 18 mei plaatsvindt. Over haar optreden zegt ze:

"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.

My heart breaks every time I hear about the innocent lives that are lost in this region and the violence that is so often perpetuated to suit the political goals of people who benefit from this ancient conflict. I hope and pray that we will soon break free from this terrible cycle of destruction and create a new path towards peace." 

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Geeft Madonna een optreden tijdens het Eurovisie Songfestival?

De geruchten rondom een groot optreden van Madonna tijdens het Eurovisie Songfestival in Tel Aviv worden steeds serieuzer! Volgens de laatste geruchten staat ze op het punt een contract te tekenen waarmee haar optreden officieel wordt, ze laat ons dus nog even in spanning zitten. De finale van het songfestival vindt op plaats op 18 mei in Tel Aviv, Israël.

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Eurovision 2019: Madonna reportedly in talks to perform, Tel Aviv unveils 'tent city'

Madonna is reportedly in negotiation with organizers to perform at the Eurovision Song Contest, which will be held in Tel Aviv in 2019, Ynet said Tuesday.

Israel won the rights to host the annual competition in 2019 after Netta Barzilai was named the winner of last year’s event.

According to the report, Madonna expressed her agreement to come to Israel, but negotiations remain ongoing over financial terms.

Netta Barzilai was name winner of the 2018 Eurovision competition with her song “Toy”, long favored to win after its trills, chicken-like clucking sounds, and lyrics embraced by the #MeToo movement made it a viral hit.

The 2019 Eurovision Song Contest will be taking place in Tel Aviv between the 14th and 18th of May.

The event is expected to attract over 10,000 international participants. Over the last 3 years, the number of international visitors to Tel Aviv has almost doubled and is expected to reach an overall new all-time high in 2019.

On Tuesday, the Tel Aviv municipality announced the creation of a “tent city” to help the city deal with the expected influx of visitors, as over 10,000 international tourists expected.

The “tent city” will operate for a period of two months from May to June, the municipality said, as the city prepares for international events including Eurovision and the Tel Aviv Pride Parade.

“The “Tent City” will host up to 2,000 guests and will include showering areas, a recreation and party area, food and beverages stalls and a bike rental spot,” the city announced. “A shuttle service will be available from the camping area to the Eurovision Village; the main Eurovision entertainment venue located at Charles Clore Seaside Park.”

Mayor of Tel Aviv-Yafo, Ron Huldai lauded the efforts of the city to prepare for the international events.

“The Tel Aviv-Yafo Municipality is planning to host an extraordinary Eurovision experience for the thousands of tourists who are expected to visit Tel Aviv. The ‘Tent City’ is just one example of the many initiatives we are working on, in order to create the perfect tourist experience and make sure that visitors can enjoy everything that the city has to offer."

Mired in controversy

Israel won the rights to host the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest after chanteuse Netta Barzilai won the 2018 competition with her bassy #MeToo anthem “Toy”. Since then, Israel’s hosting of the 2019 has been riddled with controversies and political squabbles.

A financing dispute between country's finance ministry and state broadcasters Kan had threatened to tank the event altogether, but a last-minute compromise on financing saved global spectacle.

Kan agreed to take a reported 50 million shekel ($13.5 million) loan to cover the cost of staging the event, with the Ministry of Finance securing the loan in case of a cancellation due to extenuating circumstances such as earthquake, war, or a boycott organized by Boycott Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement.

A number of lawmakers had also spoken out in recent months on the issue of allowing contest events to be held on Saturday allowing contest events to be held on Saturday, in violation of Jewish Sabbath laws.

During negotiations, it was reported that the heads of the European Broadcasting Union had placed a number of demands on Israel to be allowed to host the contest, including that events be allowed to be held on Saturday -- the Jewish day of rest -- that Israel grant freedom of the press and expression for all participants and delegations, and that all participants be allowed entrance to the country regardless of political beliefs.

The latter demand came in the wake of a wave of recent controversy over Israeli authorities’ refusal to allow entry to two prominent US writers, who are also vocal critics of the Israeli government.

"We are expecting to receive guarantees from the Prime Minister this week in regards to the security and freedom of movement of anyone coming to the event. These guarantees are imperative in order for us to move forward with the planning of the event to ensure the safety of visitors and upholding the Eurovision Song Contest values of diversity and inclusivity,” Frank-Dieter Freiling, Chairman of the Eurovision Song Contest Reference Group said Thursday.

There has also already been considerable backlash against the event by proponents of the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel.

In September, over one hundred artists including former Pink Floyd front man and prominent BDS proponent Roger Waters, film director Len Roach and British comedian Alexei Sayle, published a letter in Britain's The Guardian newspaper calling for a boycott of the Israeli-hosted contest.

"Eurovision 2019 should be boycotted if it is hosted by Israel while it continues its grave, decades-old violations of Palestinian human rights," said the letter, signed mainly by artists from Western Europe.

Eurovision was first held in 1956 with the aim of uniting Europe after World War II. Israel and Australia are the only two non-European nations that participate in the annual contest.

This will be Israel's third time hosting the spectacle since its first entry in 1973. Israel previously hosted the event in Jerusalem in 1979 and 1999 following wins by Izhar Cohen & the Alphabeta in 1978 and trans performer Dana International in 1998.

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ZDF Kultur: Madonna on Tour

Zoals we al eerder meldden staat vanavond de Duitse zender ZDF Kultur in het teken van Madonna. Eén van de programma's die wordt uitgezonden is 'Madonna on tour' met daarin onder andere beelden van het openingsconcert van de MDNA Tour in Tel Aviv afgelopen voorjaar.
Dit programma is ook on-line te bekijken:

http://www.zdf.de/ZDFmediathek/beitrag/video/1722736/Madonna-on-tour

Te zien zijn live opnamen van Girl Gone Wild, Give Me All Your Luvin' en Turn Up The Radio. Veel kijkplezier!
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Kicking off tour, Madonna shows she's no lady (Gaga)

Pop superstar Madonna kicked off a new world tour on Thursday wishing peace on the Middle East even as she showcased grim dance routines depicting violence and bloody gunmen among her more colorful numbers.

Madonna, 53, mixed hit songs over three decades in music with tunes from her recent album, "MDNA," before a packed audience, and she took a sly dig at younger diva, Lady Gaga.

"She's not me!" Madonna sang at the end of "Express Yourself," which she had reworked to include a sampling of Lady Gaga's recent "Born This Way."

That song from Lady Gaga, who emerged on the pop music scene about four years ago and has enjoyed a huge following in recent years, has been cited by many music fans and critics as being very similar to Madonna's late 1980s dance club smash.

Since Lady Gaga, 26, released "Born This Way," fans and music lovers have speculated that a generational challenge was in the works between the two women and comedians have poked fun at any imagined rivalry between the two.

Despite occasional lighthearted touches such as a baton-twirling routine in cheerleader formation and a psychedelic homage to Indian philosophy, the dominant mood at Thursday's concert in Tel Aviv seemed more grim with a stage shrouded in black and red and costumes that often appeared ominous.

VIRGIN SACRIFICE

"Like a Virgin," a dance tune that helped propel Madonna to stardom as risqué pop ingénue in the 1980s, was performed as a mournful cabaret with violin accompaniment. At one point, the singer was trussed up and hoisted into the air by four male dancers, then lowered onto a platform as though into a volcano - a virgin sacrifice.

For "Gang Bang," Madonna wrestled with armed intruders whom she then dispatched with a pistol - their "blood" spattering across an enormous video backdrop. In a routine for "Revolver", she wielded a Kalashnikov rifle, used by many modern-day insurgents, while one of her dancers favored an Israeli Uzi.

The exertions never sapped her confident singing, though she did become somewhat breathless during remarks to the audience at Ramat Gan stadium on Tel Aviv's outskirts.

"I chose to start my world tour in Israel for a very specific and important reason. As you know, the Middle East and all the conflicts that have been occurring here for thousands of years - they have to stop," she said to cheers.

A devotee of Jewish mysticism, Madonna had dubbed the first leg of her 28-country "MDNA" tour the "Peace Concert" and distributed free tickets to some of the Palestinians who attended from the occupied West Bank and east Jerusalem.

Among them was a woman named Yasmine, who declined to give her last name in light of Palestinian calls to boycott the Madonna concert and other cultural events in Israel. She offered a mixed assessment of the show.

"I wasn't a fan of the intro. It was too aggressive and massacre-like," Yasmine said. "Her (Madonna's) speech about peace and the mention of Palestine was heartfelt, though."

Avihay Asseraf, an Israeli who dedicated a Facebook page to Madonna's visit, was more sanguine about the darker displays.

"That's how she chose to express herself this time," he said. "Ultimately this is a show, a spectacle, and it's all for fun."
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Madonna world tour opener takes Tel Aviv by storm

"Tel Aviv, are you ready?"

That's what Madonna asked the crowd of about 33,000 last night as she kicked off her MDNA world tour at Ramat Gan stadium. And they roared back.

Photos:  Madonna takes Tel Aviv by storm

The singer, 53, emerged on stage aiming a rifle at the audience, reports AP. She wore a skin-tight black outfit to sing her first song, Girl Gone Wild, accompanied by dancers dressed as monks. And one of them was her son, Rocco!

Later, looking part cheerleader, part marching band conductor, Madonna performed a mash-up of Express Yourself with Lady Gaga's Born This Way, just as she had in rehearsal earlier this week.

Included in the show, reports Bloomberg News: Techno-beats and a video-projected mix of sexual, violent and religious images, along with a plea for Middle East peace.

"I chose to start my world tour in Israel for a very specific and important reason," she told the crowd. "If we can all rise above our egos and our titles and the names of our countries and our religions, and treat everyone around us with respect, then we are on the road to peace."

The singer drew scattered cheers, reports Bloomberg, concluding with "If there is peace in the Middle East, there can be peace in the whole world."

Madonna landed in Israel last week, arriving with her children, boyfriend Brahim Zaibat and a 70-person entourage, reports AP. She spent the days leading up to the performance rehearsing for the glitzy show and visiting Kabbalah centers.

After Tel Aviv, the tour moves on to Abu Dhabi and includes stops in Istanbul, Buenos Aires and Cleveland.
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Madonna world MDNA tour kicks off in Israel

Madonna has kicked off her MDNA world tour in Tel Aviv, Israel, wishing peace in the Middle East.

The two-hour concert at Ramat Gan Stadium saw the pop star perform tracks from her latest album, as well as some of her other hit songs.

Midway through the show, she told the 30,000-strong crowd: "If there is peace in the Middle East, there can be peace in the whole world."

The tour will run until December and take in more than 65 cities worldwide.

"I chose to start my world tour in Israel for a very specific and important reason," the singer said.

"As you know, the Middle East and all the conflicts that have been occurring here for thousands of years - they have to stop.

"If we can all rise above our egos and our titles and the names of our countries and our religions, and treat everyone around us with respect, then we are on the road to peace," she added.

However, a number of the singer's dance routines featured guns and violence.

Gaga dig

Her performance of Like A Virgin featured Madonna seemingly lowered into a volcano as a virgin sacrifice, while for Gang Bang - she wrestled with armed intruders before shooting them.

The routine for Revolver also saw the star wielding a Kalashnikov rifle, while one of her dancers brandished an Uzi.

The 53-year-old also took a sly dig at Lady Gaga, performing a mash-up of 1989 hit Express Yourself with Gaga's track Born This Way - which many critics and fans have claimed is strikingly similar.

Madonna, dressed as a marching band conductor, sang the lyrics, "She's not me", into her re-worked version.

Following Tel Aviv, the MDNA tour will move on to Abu Dhabi before dates in Europe, North and South America.

The singer's last tour grossed more than $400m (£261.5m).

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Madonna’s got her bum and boobs out? Now there’s a thing…

It’s possible Madonna will always have a fascination with her rude bits and why not when they still look this good.

Pretty much everyone in the world has seen the very hard butt and pert boobies of Ms Madonna, like a million times already.

But just in case you haven’t – she’s got them out again.

She likes to shock does Madonna and although she hasn’t managed it on the same scale as David Beckham did earlier when he turned into Ricky Gervais before our very eyes, she still manages to get rather a lot of attention when she gets up on stage.

These shots are from the first date on her MDNA world tour and she chose to kick it off in Tel Aviv, Israel, because she wanted to make a point with her boobs about peace.

“I chose to start my world tour in Israel for a very specific and important reason," she said.

"As you know, the Middle East and all the conflicts that have been occurring here for thousands of years - they have to stop.

"If we can all rise above our egos and our titles and the names of our countries and our religions, and treat everyone around us with respect, then we are on the road to peace.”

Apparently though some of her performance involved guns. We think she should just stick to flashing rather than fighting.
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Guns and poses: Madonna brandishes AK-47 rifle at gig in troubled Israel

On the first night of her new world tour, the singer pointed the assault rifle and a pistol at her half-naked dancers.

Good evening, Israel! Provocative Madonna wielded an AK-47 rifle on a Tel Aviv stage… and sparks outrage.

On the first night of her new world tour, the singer, 53, pointed the assault rifle and a pistol at her half-naked dancers in a boob-flashing top at the 35,000-seat gig in the capital.

Fans were shocked in the troubled Jewish state, where terror attacks and violent clashes with ­Palestinians are a constant reality.

One said: “Given the problems this seemed tasteless and designed to create controversy.

"It was pretty sick and plenty of the audience were not impressed with the guns.”

The Ramat Gan Stadium show on Thursday was the first of her MDNA tour.

Madonna, follower of Jewish-sect Kabbalah, began it in a glass confessional as a Hebrew prayer was read then shot her way out with a rifle and burst into her hit Girl Gone Wild.

Later, during Revolver, she wielded the Kalashnikov AK47 automatic rifle, used by modern-day insurgents, while a dancer held an Israeli-manufactured Uzi.

Other outfits included a reprise of her infamous cone bra and a lacy top. She was also joined on stage by son Rocco, 11.

She told the crowd: “If there is peace here in the Middle East, there can be peace in the whole world.”
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Madonna is gunning for peace in Middle East

Opening night of Pop Queen's world tour.

A WOMAN dressed in leather murdering men with a Kalashnikov rifle in the Paradise Motel sounds more like a Quentin Tarantino film than a pop concert.

But this is the opening night of a Madonna world tour — controversy isn’t just expected, it’s what the punters pay handsomely for.

In the middle of her gig she even made an impassioned plea for everyone to work for peace in the Middle East and around the world.

After 30 years setting the bar for her rivals, the Queen Mother of Pop has proved yet again that Lady Gaga, Rihanna, Beyonce, Britney and Katy Perry still have their work cut out to match the greatest female pop star in music history.

MDNA — her play on words for the drug MDMA — is an assault on the senses from the off, featuring a great mix of the classic hits, new material and the standard world-class choreography.

It’s also the first time she has involved her kids, Rocco Ritchie and Lola Leon, in the full production.

Rocco is a star of the show, cropping up in five numbers break-dancing and singing — including with a gospel choir for Like A Prayer.

The tour rumbles on until December so his old man Guy might be having a word about keeping focus on the school books.

Rocco is 12 in August but is starring in a show that could easily, in parts, earn a 15 rating. During the gig, he sees his mum stripped nearly naked and tied up in a corset by a dancer, then dragged around the floor.

His older sister Lola was even closer to the sex-shop clobber, working backstage in the wardrobe department at Thursday’s show. It must be quite an education with the bondage outfits, chains and lingerie.

The show kicks off with a religious theme — dancers dressed like Vatican guards swinging a giant incense canister around the stage in front of a huge crucifix.

The crowd erupted as Madonna emerged on stage in a curtained prayer room, suspended on a wire, as dance hit Girls Gone Wild from her latest album kicks in.

Guns play a prominent part in the dark opening. One of her rarer tracks, Revolver, is brutal stuff, with dancers taking aim at the crowd while images of shattered skull, blood and brain splash across screens.

The Paradise Motel scene launches with wailing sirens as Madonna slurps Jack Daniel’s in a grotty room, before she kills intruders in a vicious fight. It’s Kill Bill meets Pulp Fiction. Gripping stuff.

I’ve seen Madonna doing her Re-invention tour, Confessions, Hard Candy and Sticky & Sweet — this one is up there as the best. In the earlier gigs I saw her get the electric chair and introduce Parkour and The Percolator dance move to the world.

This time, her new craze is Slacklining, a cross between tight-rope walking and trampolining. She gives it a spin herself, while singing live.

Lil Wayne, dressed as a bishop, and Nicki Minaj, dressed as a nun, have cameo roles on giant video screens. Minaj shouts: “There’s only one Queen and that’s Madonna.”

A few billion people might disagree on Monday, pal.

Her Madgesty has a subtle dig at Lady GaGa in a mash-up of Express Yourself and Born This Way.

She even gives a cheeky flash of her underpants, while dressed as a majorette, poking fun at Miss Germanotta’s love for revealing her undercarriage.There’s a clever trick in the production for new track Turn Up The Radio.

The giant screens flash back through footage of Madonna’s career as she tries to find the right frequency for the song — earning some of the biggest cheers of the night.

On the Confessions tour, she had a thing for gypsy rockers Gogol Bordello. This time she has Spain’s Basque trio Kalakan performing. Some of the fans around me used it as a chance for a toilet break.

Madonna has redesigned her famous conical bra for a reworked version of Vogue in a steamy sequence that merges into the erotic Candy Shop.

It’s unusual to see a stripped-down version of any of her songs but she performs Like A Virgin lying on the floor singing with only a pianist for company on stage. But club anthems I’m Addicted and I’m A Sinner, from the new album, get things fired up again for the climax.

The chart icon has been hammered for charging a fortune for tickets but it’s well worth the money.

I’ve given her some stick for maybe flashing a bit too much flesh for a 53-year old — but she throws herself into the show like a teenager and is fitter than most people half her age.

There is no encore, possibly because she broke the 11pm curfew by 40 minutes and now faces a hefty fine from the authorities in Tel Aviv.

Not that Her Madgesty and her Kalashnikovs care — she’s just delivered another world-class show her fans will lap up.

THE pop queen’s boyfriend, Brahim Zaibat, is one of the lead dancers and performs a fair few steamy routines with her . . . organisers had to build a special tent backstage for the dancers to practise tightrope walking ... the costumes are designed by Arianne Phillips, who did the outfits for Madge’s film W.E.

HER Madgesty played to 35,000 people on her opening night in Tel Aviv’s Ramat Gan Stadium. By the time she’s finished her MDNA world tour, she’ll have performed in front of more than two million... she is performing a total of 86 shows – 32 on the current leg, followed by 43 on her North America stint starting in August, and 11 in South America from November... the show is coming to the UK next month. The first gig is in Hyde Park on July 17, followed by Birmingham, Edinburgh and Dublin.
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