Madonna is used to playing for massive crowds of fans around the world, but soon, she’ll be taking to the stage while upwards of 150 million people watch her perform.
Live Nation Israel announced on Monday (April 8) that Madonna is set to perform at this year’s Eurovision Song Contest, hosted in Tel Aviv, Israel. The company said in a statement released on their Facebook page that the performance would be “both historical and hysterical … we couldn’t think of a better opening shot for the summer on the way.”
In a statement to The Hollywood Reporter, Live Nation Israel representatives Guy Beser and Shay Mor Yosef said that Madonna would “perform two songs, including a new song from her upcoming album.”
BBC News reports that Madonna’s press team has also confirmed her performance at the event, but the Eurovision Broadcasting Union, the event’s official organizers, tell Billboard, “No final decisions have been made, or agreements signed. Official news and updates will come directly from the Eurovision channels in due course.”
The event will be hosted in Israel this year, after native singer Netta won the competition last year for her song “Toy.”
The decision to host in Israel has led to controversy, with Palestinian organizations and action groups calling for the boycott of this year’s Eurovision Song Contest from EBU member countries.
The 2019 Eurovision Song Contest will take place on May 18 in Tel Aviv.
Billboard has reached out to Madonna’s team for further clarification.