Madonna, on Eurovision, says she won't bow 'to suit someone's political agenda'

The Eurovision 1957 presenter and her assistant during the voting

Other qualifiers from the first semi final include Greece, Belarus, Serbia, Cyprus, Estonia, Czech Republic, San Marino, and Slovenia.

"But I am happy to say that within a few minutes we managed to assume control over this phenomenon", he added.

Miller-Heidke will have to do it again on Saturday May 18 to win the controversial competition, which critics say has been used to whitewash the worldwide reputation of Israel and its treatment of neighbouring Palestine.

"At a certain point, there was a takeover - apparently by Hamas - of our digital broadcast", KAN chief Eldad Koblenz said Wednesday.

Four Israeli civilians and 25 Palestinians, including at least nine militants, were killed in the exchanges.

After the 41-country competition kicked off in the coastal city on Tuesday with a first semi-final, national broadcaster Kan's webcast cut to animated satellite footage showing explosions in Tel Aviv set to a menacing soundtrack.

Israel became the host of the 2019 Eurovision contest after Israeli singer Netta won the contest past year.

Madonna has been urged to pull out of performing at the Eurovision Song Contest in Tel Aviv with a "Papa Don't Preach" parody that focuses on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The second semi-final is on Thursday.

"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", Madonna told Reuters. Security has been tight in Tel Aviv amid fears that activists may seek to disrupt the competition.

Abu Ghosh pointed out that a group of artists and musicians performed a mock song contest at a gig in London a couple of days ago, showcasing pro-Palestine material which commemorates the Nakba.

"Israel's been flouting worldwide law, and human rights lie trampled on the floor".

According to official data obtained by the AP news agency, Israel's government went on a spending spree in its occupied West Bank settlements following the election of President Donald Trump.

The Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign said on Tuesday that hundreds of artists have signed a petition against Eurovision 2019, which is being held in Israel, Felesteen.ps has reported. Just like South Africa, time to boycott apartheid.

Demonstrators have vowed to continue their protests throughout the week's event.

Bosses and fans alike were fretting as news emerged she had not actually signed a contract to perform at Eurovision 2019.