Eurovision scolds Madonna for Palestinian flag display

Brunilde Fioravanti
Mag 22, 2019

The United Kingdom came last with just 16 points.

The public votes made up 50% of the total vote, with the other half determined by the professional jury in each participating country.

Israel first entered Eurovision in 1973 and has won the competition four times, including previous year when Netta Barzilai won in Portugal. It happened in a flash, but people on social media soon took notice of the statement.

Next year's Eurovision Song Contest will take place in the Netherlands in May 2020.

One tweeted: "With Brexit it's pretty obvious no-one wants to vote for us".

The band's members were also shown waving a transgender flag earlier in the show.

The UK has not won Eurovision in 22 years or finished in the top 10 in the past decade. This was a awful song and had bad staging.

Michael Rice represented the United Kingdom with his song Bigger Than Us, written by Laurell Barker, Anna-Klara Folin, John Lundvik and Jonas Thander.

Regev added, " Politics and a cultural event should not be mixed, with all due respect to Madonna.

Hatari of Iceland perform the song "Hatrio mun sigra" during the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest.

The Tel Aviv act ended with Madge whispering the words "wake up" - which was also printed on a big screen behind her - as she and Quavo collapsed from the stage backwards.

"Artists who insist on crossing the Palestinian boycott picket line, playing in Tel Aviv in defiance of our calls, can not offset the harm they do to our human rights struggle by "balancing" their complicit act with some project with Palestinians".

During her interval performance, two of the singer's dancers wore Israeli and Palestinian flags on their backs, something that Eurovision organisers said "was not part of the rehearsals which had been cleared with the EBU [the European Broadcasting Union] and the host broadcaster, KAN".

Eurovision has released a statement saying that Madonna was warned of the non-political nature of the event and that no one in the production knew about the flags until the concert started.

Mr Koblenz was more upbeat about a political display by Madonna, whose much-anticipated, two-song guest performance in the final featured two back-up dancers, with Israeli and Palestinian flags on their backs, walking in an embrace.

"At a time when fewer and fewer major artists are performing in apartheid Tel Aviv", PACBI wrote on Twitter, "Eurovision is exactly what Israel's far-right government needs to distract from its crimes".

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