"I hope and pray that we will soon break free from this awful cycle of destruction and create a new path towards peace".
Curiously, it's unclear whether Madonna's performance is actually going ahead in the first place. "We are in a situation now that is a bit odd". Last year's victor was Israeli entrant Netta Barzilai with the song "Toy", which went on to top the Billboard dance club chart in the United States in August, a first for an Israeli singer. "We have an artist that would love to participate on the stage, but without the contract, it can't happen".
One of the acts competing on Tuesday, Iceland's Hatari, which sings a message of anti-capitalism while dressed in spikes, leather and chains, has said it is planning to show the "face of the occupation" in its performance, despite the pop music contest's ban on politics.
Her statement echoed a statement released late last month by entertainment industry nonprofit Creative Community for Peace in support of the event, which was signed by more than 100 entertainment executives and personalities, including Sharon Osborne, Gene Simmons, Scooter Braun and Allison Kaye.
Neil Farren, a Eurovision commentator live-blogging contest preparations in Tel Aviv, said the visibly heightened security and briefings on air raid sirens and bomb shelters likely rattled some contenders, who have so far remained tight-lipped about the political situation.
Those who win through to Saturday's final will join host Israel and the so-called "big five" of Britain, France, Germany, Italy and Spain - all of whom are entitled to skip the elimination rounds. Just like South Africa, time to boycott apartheid. After all songs have been performed, viewers in each country can then vote for their favourites, excluding the song from their own nation, with points awarded by ranking.
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 global reputation of Israel and its treatment of neighbouring Palestine.