The pop icon performed on the popular contest but during the performance, two of her dancers were seen with Israeli and Palestinian flags on their backs. The stunt was reportedly unauthorised and has quickly sparked a wave of reaction on social media. The pop star had received criticism for performing at the event but used her performance to promote peace in the region.
In a statement, the European Broadcast Union (EBU), who organise Eurovision, confirmed the stunt was “not part of the rehearsals”.
In a statement reported by The Sun, the EBU said: “In the live broadcast of the Eurovision Song Contest Grand Final, two of Madonna’s dancers briefly displayed the Israeli and Palestinian flags on the back of their outfits
“This element of the performance was not part of the rehearsals which had been cleared with the EBU and the host broadcaster, KAN.
“The Eurovision Song Contest is a non-political event and Madonna had been made aware of this.”
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Flanked by a host of dancers, Madonna performed her hit song, ‘Like a Prayer’ in front of the home crowd.
With her performance ending, two dancers walked up the stairs of the set to reveal the two flags while also linking arms in an apparent show of unity.
Supporting the move, one user on Twitter said: “An absolute legend.
“Love her or hate her, Madonna is the definition of superstar; constantly pushing boundaries and using her platform to make a statement.
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“A true icon and important figure.”
Another user said: “Madonna just used the biggest platform she has ever had, despite the biggest restrictions she’s had, to highlight the atrocities in Palestine and the need for Israelis and Palestinians to find a way to coexist to the biggest audience she has ever had.”
Madonna had been criticised for her vocal performance but for many, the political message in her performance vindicated the pop star.
During the event Madonna had also relayed a message calling on the power of music to unite people, saying “never underestimate the power of music to bring people together”.