Rumours have been swirling for months that we might just be getting international star Madonna to grace the stage in Tel Aviv. While negotiations have been ongoing, major financier Sylvan Adams has indicated that, so far, things are “looking very good”.

The Jerusalem Post reports that the Canadian-Israeli billionaire has been apparently wooing the singer for months. Speaking at the Keshet INTV Conference at the YMCA in Jerusalem, Adams said he became involved with the upcoming Eurovision in Tel Aviv in the hopes of bringing a huge-name artist to the show.

“We’ve reached out to Madonna to try to add a little bit of glitz to the event. It’s looking very good that she’s going to come here and participate in the Eurovision Song Contest.”

Israel’s Mako reported that Madonna’s fee is $1.5 million. That’s reportedly for singing just two songs.

The move fits with Adams’ ongoing efforts to fashion himself as a cultural emissary and broker for Israel. He previously brought the prestigious Giro d’Italia to country. The cycling event, which mostly takes place in Italy, had its starting leg in Israel last year.

He’s currently establishing a cultural foundation to bring artists to Israel in order to promote its standing in the world. Israel calling, anybody?

Speaking about Israel’s recent hosting of Giro d’Italia, Adams says it was just the start of something new:

“The Giro d’Italia was proof of concept – it was proof that there is no event that we cannot host here. We have the expertise to manage everything.”

Madonna at Eurovision 2019?

Y Net first reported that KAN had been holding talks with gay icon and global superstar to be the main interval act for Eurovision 2019 in mid-January.

It’s not as ludicrous as you might think.  Madonna has a strong connection with Israel, starting with her Israeli manager, Guy Oseray, her Hebrew name, Esther, which she adopted back in 2004, and her well-known connection to Kabbalah.

She has had a few concerts in Israel over the years and there have even been reports about a penthouse she bought in Tel Aviv. She’s said to have looked at her lineage – and into her soul – and reach the conclusion that she says she’s not Jewish, but an Israelite.

Would you like to see Madonna perform as a possible interval act for Eurovision? Let us know in the comments box below!

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R
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This morning I saw some headlines that Madonna’s performance might not happen due to the possibility of her performing a controversial song.

Tusán
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Once again… just like in 2016, I want to see what the host country has to offer not the United States.

Andrii
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Andrii

Ahahahahaa
Really?
Popularity of Eurovision is dying, just look on numbers of viewers
Make something better to bring attention to the contest
She is great artist and performer, show some respect

Andrii
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Andrii

Eurovision is dying, just look on the number of viewers
She can bring more attention to contest
Show some respect
She’s great artist

Covfefe
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Covfefe

Oh. My. God. I can’t believe the most of you are so lame & rude on Madonna’s possibly appearance… She makes one of the biggest influence to the European pop music in decades and was on the top of European charts in decades – that’s her connection to Eurovision, okay? At least her longtime manager is a jew and she study kabbalah which is a jew thing, haha. Her performance will make a huge world press coverage and attention, it’ll make EV more valuable & at least it’s not your money to decide how to spend them. Wake up! It’s… Read more »

oona
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oona

For me is unacceptable after ESC must endure Sobral’s abuse about fast food pros ti tu ti on, and many fans agree with him, now we must like the most camp of them all, the kinky granny.

saddemon
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saddemon

best champion kinky granny which can rock one of the best performances in the world has created so much new in music history muss not liked but respected ( its one of the most exciting thing to hear such great news actually) , there was no endurance needed for sobral because there are always new waves of thinking that come and go ,world is changing every day just except it

Covfefe
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Covfefe

Pros ti tu… What? Oh, I get you are a dummy! The only kinky granny thing in this thread is your kinky granny’s brain. Go back and educate yourself on who Madonna really is. Dem da rules, bye! :-*

saddemon
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saddemon

so weird to have -8 for such a great comment i mean shes the queen im super happy that esc expanding and even reaching the gods of music , usa will be always welcomed as a quest never as a contendor so chill out boys and girls

Loin dici
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Loin dici

It’s ridiculous. It looked like KAN’s scheme to show off how to make a luxurious show, when they actually have a huge financial problems organizing the show. It’s awesome to have Madonna on stage, but it’s either they’re using Sylvan Adams as they money machine or they’re just plain nuts about that fee.

James Mackenzie
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James Mackenzie

They should spend the money on a bigger concert hall so more fans can attend.
Secondly Madona should represent the UK to give them a chance of winning!!

Una
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Una

I vote for Robbie Williams but y’all know that UK do not want to win. Times have change since the unknown Celine Dion won for Canada.

Fun or ban?
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Fun or ban?

Sorry I don’t want Madonna at Eurovision especially knowing her fee.

lasse braun
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lasse braun

give MARUV 50000 and cancel madonna. 🙂

lasse braun
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lasse braun

and hey i forgot something – i will see also “drunk groove” with all his sexyness on the big stage at the ESC,that means 2 songs from MARUV of course and that is what tons of european gay/hetero or something between people really like to see!

saddemon
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saddemon

or even better have both , well sure madonna costs but shes just too great and maruv would win with ease when she get the chance to sing her siren song , my favorite performance ever and its so sad that i cant officially call it eurovision entry…

Flow
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Flow

Vote for your favourites here! —-> https://scorewiz.eu/poll

Fanesc
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Fanesc

Presently, Madonna lives in Europe (Lisbon)

Tusán
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So what’s your point?

Solo
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Solo

Preparing for zero gravity.
instagram.com/p/Bu5j-eGhCVR/

Tobias
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Tobias

If you want the best entertainer in the world you go for Madonna. The one icon left. I understand completely and can’t wait

Rose
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Rose

If you want a big star that badly, bring Celine Dion. She actually won ESC.

mariahh
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mariahh

I fully agree, Celine’s the ultimate ESC Queen.

Una
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Una

I would thinks she’s already been asked to and she said no. Maybe we should hope that Luca wins this year? Would a Switzerland win convince her to delight us with her talent on the Eurovision stage?

mariahh
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mariahh

I guess Celine’s return to ESC would be much easier if Switzerland won in Tel Aviv.
Her performance as an interval act would be massive.

LawStudent
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LawStudent

There are now reports that Madonna’s new song which she plans to sing at ESC is highly political and there has been some arguments between KAN and her team about whether she should sing that song. Within KAN there are those who think she should have artistic freedom to pick whatever song she wants and others who feel that it could politicize the contest.

Una
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Una

If we are to believe those reports, then that Northwestern country act gets skit (sv) for “reported” possible political statements but a rich person pays Madonna’s fee and she can choose what to sing being paid with private monies. EBU’s rules have to be respected all throughout the show and everyone.

Mr. Vanilla Bean
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Mr. Vanilla Bean

Can’t be more political than 1944, can it?

Una
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Una

Yes it can be more political than 1944. A bit of research on wiwibloggs brought me to an article published on 27 April 2016 after Romania was expelled from Eurovision. Both the article and the comments bring a lot of info. The article was was written by their correspondant for Romania and Moldova. This is a quote from a private broadcaster that wanted to support Ovidiu: “The Romanian viewers chose Ovidiu Anton to represent their country in Stockholm, and his performance was highly anticipated by the entire population. “Moment of Silence” speaks about the importance of a fair and impartial… Read more »

Jo.
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Jo.

I’m Brazil and I heard that on the radio (which is weird because nobody knows ESC here). They said her participation is unlikely because she will only sing if they let her perform that “controversial song”.

jack
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jack

If they were smart, they would spend those money on bringing more countries in the contest, gaining more exposure and also breaking the record for the most countries. But they are not smart….

Okan idu?
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Okan idu?

Madonna singing in it will make it gain more exposure, they are smart in that sense

NoGeoblocks
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NoGeoblocks

How many more countries are left? Wales? Khazahstan ? Vatican City? what does one have to do with the other? They are so not smart… they should focus on that rather than an international megastar who will draw attention to the competition. The average viewer doesn’t go on wiwi to complain about everything, they just want entertainment.

jack
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jack

well i ve got some news for you. Bosnia is out because of money. Bulgaria is out because of money. If they brought them back, along with kazakshtan who wants to participate you already have 44 participants. 😉

tom
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tom

same with Slovakia, Andorra and Monaco and Luxembourg

Una
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Una

Monaco and Luxembourg have a lot of money. They are two of the richest countries in Europe. If they wanted to, they could definitely get sponsors. Andorra have money too.
The problem is that Andorra and Monaco are micro-states with very little voting leverage. Luxembourg have won like 5 times but the competition had only jury vote and not 40 something countries.
The only micro-state still in competition is San Marino and we know their results.
The one country I wish I saw in the contest again is TURKEY!

Una
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Una

The contest cannot accommodate a large number of countries. It would be a nightmare in terms of logistics, money and time dedicated to the show. I think the upper limit is currently 44 including the big five and the host country and 26 in the grand final. What I would like to see is 11 qualifying from the semis instead of 10. The show wouldn’t be much longer and they could make the interval shorter. I don’t know if anyone is interesting in the interval acts anyway.

Fatima
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Fatima

Good point Una but I’d go further. I think 26 is too many for one show, not when a public vote is needed

weird world
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weird world

If she will be in the arena, can the audience turn the back on her? That will teach a lesson those rich people who want to use ESC to display their wet dreams from teenage years 1800 (good times LOL). Where’s Lara Fabian?

Tobias
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Tobias

What a stupid comment. How old are you? 7? Why teaching Madonna a lesson when she is being asked to perform? That’s just rude and ignorant.

Nicolas
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Nicolas

This money would have been more useful to help some delegations with their staging or let countries that have withdrawn because of financial issue like Bulgaria or Bosnia participate.

Apple
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Apple

Yes, but it’s not KAN’s or the EBU’s money being spent. This is what the one billionaire dude wants to use it on

Una
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Una

Bulgaria overspent last year with very high expectations that were not achieved. A “mega group” of 5 of which 2 foreigners, composers, an expensive artistic director, an expensive production. That’s on the broadcaster, not EBU.

Sean
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Sean

Hell yea!!!! Esc needs her

Ennie
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Ennie

1.5 million for two songs, the world is f**cked…

BOMBO FUEGO TEMPO
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BOMBO FUEGO TEMPO

She will be singing FROZEN and SORRY.

Cupcake
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Cupcake

It kinda reminds me of that one insecure kid in class who wants to show of and impress the others by using daddys money. Madonna is a good and well known Artist. No doubt. But it’s totally unnessecary and uncalled. I’m pretty sure everyone would be absolutely fine with a normal representative Israeli act.

saddemon
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saddemon

why is everyone against madonna ?! you all are nuts , if they want to spent so much money let them its their decision and money , i mean nobody complained about timberlake performing and it wa great ,you all are too negative and bitter , just be happy that they are really working hard to get the best they can for eurovision , and we will definetly see a lot of israel as it is ,its just a little bit of spice and progress , expansion ,not a 6 countries little village contest anymore

R
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The comment was not against Madonna.

JackWi
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JackWi

…..The day the music died ….

Roelof Meesters
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Roelof Meesters

And IIIIIIIII still wanna keep us alive. But you’re cold cold cold

dutchie
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dutchie

Is Madonna even relevant at this point? Let alone worthy of those 1,5 million dollars? I can’t remember any hits from the last 10 or 15 years.

I’m okay with inviting global stars to increase the competition’s appeal, but I think a lip-syncing has-been won’t do that.

Cocooo
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Cocooo

The last real hit she had was “Hung up” which was released in 2005. “4 minutes” with Timberland and Justin Timberlake in 2009 did also sell pretty well.

BOMBO FUEGO TEMPO
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BOMBO FUEGO TEMPO

I prefer SORRY

Joshua
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Joshua

Can someone explain me why this is necessary? Makes no sense to me.

blondboybc
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blondboybc

That’s a good question. Let’s ask the Jewish Canadian billionaire who seems to think it’s needed or something.

bastian
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bastian

I dont want her in eurovision. Please stay away from it. Its not the Big Madonna Show okay! Like some people said: its about our contestants and the focus should be 100% on them.

Whisker
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Whisker

I agree with you fully and completely.

Una
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Una

And the host country that spends money to organize to showcase their culture. That’s what the interval act is for.

Manuel
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Manuel

I am not sure about this. I can see it happen – she is releasing new music this year and apparently already shot a video for her first single – so the timing with a big performance in May would be kind of perfect to promote her single. But that’s the thing that bugs me – Eurovision is about european artists who celebrate music and each other. The focus should be on the singers, performances and the competition – not a huge international artist who wants to promote her new single. Plus, if you sell tickets for more than 400€… Read more »

Polegend Godgarina
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1.5 miillion? ff israel stays tryna show us they’re wealthy n rich but this is just lame and unnecessary. i love nonna madonna but c’mon she’s completely unrelated to the contest n she was just invited by the broadcaster so that they could show off how much of a budget they have.

Matt
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Matt

1.5 million insane. I’m sure there are other globally famous artists who have similar fees, but it’s absolutely insane.

I am Thor, I am Thor
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I am Thor, I am Thor

We want MARUV Take it or leave it.

Cam
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Cam

Hope it happens. It adds to the fun. And imagine the additional exposure all the artists will gain from additional viewers it will bring in.

Takasa
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Takasa

Not excited at all. I would prefer to see more of the Israeli culture during the interval act than a global diva… And the fee is just indecent.

voix
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voix

So money are so powerful that the “round of Italy” happens in Israel. Well….I guess it’s normal (?????)

ESCFan2009
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ESCFan2009

I love Madonna, but I also see the critic point of “showing culture instead of superstars” and the fee. On the other hand, if there are cultural acts and given the fact, that it is a private sponsor’s money, it could be a change to give Eurovision more credibility. As always, pros and cons…

Una
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Una

Whenever you have a private sponsor there is a trade off. And there is no way we will know about that. Why does that man want to spend that much money (it could be even more but there’s no way we’ll know about that) on bringing on Madonna? That man has an agenda. Period. How can a man/ private company have so much leverage and pay a very substantial amount of money for Madonna, no matter how famous she is, for Eurovision? EBU must approve it anyway.

Loin dici
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Loin dici

I’ve read somebody said that Madonna was Sylvan Adams’ childhood crush and by paying her the materials they can soon c u m together. I know it sound ridiculous, but for a billionaire like Mr. Adams, sounds possible, eh?

dan
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dan

Madonna = 100% staging and scandal, 0% voice. Where are you Sobral fans to boy c o tt Madonna? Hypocrites because she lives in Portugal.

voix
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voix

They only appear when their God criticizes the contest that actually gave him fame and money.

Tug
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Tug

Maybe we don’t say in every second setence from which nationality we are, you moron

Tug
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Tug

What a stupid remark. I adore Madonna and I adore Sobral. What a comparsin, Jesus…

weird world
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weird world

madonna can’t sing, sobral is snob, what more do you want????

Pok
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Pok

The casual viewers don’t give a damn about whether she’s European or not. They just wanna enjoy the show. It’s good to get Eurovision more coverages.

Loin dici
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Loin dici

It didn’t get drastically popular back in 2016, though.

Wolken
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Wolken

Exactly. Eurofans seem to forget that we’re a tiny percentage of the people watching the show. While I would personally rather see an Israeli act, this will bring positive attention to the show and maybe even give us some new Eurofans come next year!

Loin dici
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Loin dici

Yet, bringing wordwide artist to the Eurovision stage didn’t change much things about it — bringing JT to Stockholm in 2016 didn’t really result in a spike of coverage.

Bear
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Bear

Hmmm the aspect that I love about Eurovision is that the guest countries have three full evenings to display their culture, music, tradition, cities, architecture, stars, artists and actors for a 250 million people audience which might not know anything about the country. I think it is a shame if they decide (same for Justin Timberlake) to invite an artist who has nothing to do with the contest, other than being there for gaining more publicity to the show for non Eurovision viewers, or promoting their albums. It feels a little bit uneasy and cheap tbh. And I don’t understand… Read more »

Roelof Meesters
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Roelof Meesters

Change Donna to RUV in her name and I’m down.

R
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BANG!

momo
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momo

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Valentino
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Valentino

The focus should not be on her, but on the Euro candidates. They are the stars.

Rumpelstiltskin
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Rumpelstiltskin

Exactly. It’s such a disrespect to the artists. She’s not even Israeli… or European. It’s pathetic.

Troy
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Troy

She has a home in Tel Aviv so she’s not entirely not connected to the place.

Jacky
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Jacky

Ohh plsss noooo

momo
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momo

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stommie
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stommie

She will make everything about herself. Eurovision is about the participants, not about someone who didn’t have the decency to stop talking about herself during her so called Aretha Franklin tribute.

Roy Moreno
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Roy Moreno

Wait! Stop everything!
YMCA in Jerusalem? YMCA? xDDD omg hahahahaha
Anyway, I have nothing against her but I really think we should have Israeli singers as interval acts, past Eurovision singers or my favourite option – Maruv!

Jannik
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Jannik

Just some facts: YMCA was opened in Jerusalem in 1933. The building was designed by Arthur Loomis Harmon (Empire State Building).

Roy Moreno
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Roy Moreno

Well, I thought of YMCA the song xD