Stars align as Kate Miller-Heidke dazzles in her second rehearsal
The 37-year-old Eurovision contestant met Aussie fans in Tel Aviv and revealed her harshest critic is her three-year-old son Ernie. Speaking after her second technical rehearsal in Tel Aviv, Israel, yesterday, Miller-Heidke said Ernie doesn't particularly care for his mother's fame or musical talent, and that when he hears her sing he has said "it makes his ears cry." "I have been on Play School a couple of times and if ever he sees me on TV he asks to turn it off," Miller-Heidke says.
© Michael Campanella/Getty Images Madonna, performs live on stage after the 64th annual Eurovision Song Contest held at Tel Aviv Fairgrounds. Pop superstar Madonna has come under fire for her "car crash" Eurovision performance, with punters taking to social media to pan the singer's pitch (or lack thereof).
Donning a glittered X eyepatch, the music icon took to the stage during the 2019 grand final to perform a pared-back rendition of her classic hit Like a Prayer and her new single Future.
But what should have been an evening of theatrical fun took a different turn when audiences found themselves distracted by the singer's vocals — for all the wrong reasons.
Eurovision 2019: Why is Australia still in the song contest and what would happen if we won?
It may be Australia's fifth year competing in the Eurovision Song Contest, but for some, it remains a mystery how we managed to get there in the first place — let alone why we're still in it. Despitemost definitely not being part of Europe, Australia first entered Eurovision in 2015 as a one-off with Guy Sebastian to celebrate the contest's 60th birthday. It is worth noting that the contest's theme in 2015 — there is one every year; this year's is "Dare to Dream" — was "Building Bridges".
"This is a car crash, I can't look away," wrote one viewer, taking aim at Madonna's perceived overreliance on autotune.
"Flat as a pancake," wrote another.
Another likened the performance to a "p***ed Auntie doing her best Madonna rendition on karaoke", while others credited the singer for bringing Eurovision fans together "in united disappointment".
Armchair critics were not the only ones to roast the superstar's Eurovision debut, however.
The performance even prompted Netherlands judge Emma Wortelboer to quip: "I'm so thankful for tonight and for Madonna's autotune."
Ahead of her performance, the 61-year-old said she hoped to bring people together through her music.
"Look at all the delegates behind us. So many countries that I have been privileged enough to visit and experience, the one thing that brings me to those countries is music," she told host Assi Azar.
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"So let's never underestimate the power of music to bring people together."
Though she did not directly address calls to boycott Israel's hosting of the event, dancers wearing Palestinian and Israeli flags embraced at the end of her song Future.
Pictures: Eurovision's most memorable outfits
Started in 1956, Eurovision Song Contest is an annual international competition between member countries of the European Broadcasting Union. The contest isn't just about the music; it's also about the show, with the memorable outfits of the performers often making more news than the performances itself. Take a look at some of the most amazing outfits from the contest's history.
(Pictured) Ukraine's Verka Serduchka during performance in 2007.
Elina Nechayeva (2018)
The gown the Estonian contestant wore during her performance of the Italian opera “La Forza” used video projections to transform the gigantic flowing skirt to mirror the story narrated in the opera’s lyrics.
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Slavko Kalezić (2017)
The Montenegrin singer performed the song "Space" wearing a sheer top and skin-tight leggings, after entering the stage wearing a skirt by Venus.
Nina Kraljić (2016)
The Croatian singer sang "Lighthouse" while wearing a kimono-like outfit that had extra long sleeves and a tree motif.
Conchita Wurst (2014)
The Eurovision-winning performance of "Rise Like a Phoenix" saw the Austrian drag queen and gay icon making a statement in a fitted gown and sporting facial hair.
Aliona Moon (2013)
The Moldovan singer performed on "O Mie" wearing an LED projection dress, which displayed thunder and lightening.
Buranovskiye Babushki (2012)
The Russian band paid homage to their Udmurt roots as they sang "Party for Everybody" in embroidered, traditional outfits handed down by generations of Udmurt women.
The Irish twin brothers dressed up in skin-tight silver-gold gem-encrusted suits while performing their song "Waterline."
Organisers reveal Madonna's Eurovision performance is not yet confirmed
Madonna's much-publicised performance at this weekend's Eurovision Song Contest could be in question after the show's organisers revealed that no contract has yet been signed. The news comes despite the music legend's scheduled arrival in Tel Aviv on Wednesday morning aboard the private jet of Israeli-Canadian billionaire Sylvan Adams. Speaking at a press conference in Tel Aviv on Monday night, Eurovision's executive supervisor, Jon Ola Sand, who has produced the show since 2010, said, "The European Broadcasting Union has never confirmed Madonna as an act.
The pop duo sang "Lipstick" wearing sparkly red coats and sporting towering, upright blonde hairdos.
As the band from Belarus performed their song "Butterflies," the costumes of the three female singers sprouted impressive butterfly wings matching their sparkly outfits.
Thea Garrett (2010)
The Maltese singer performed the song "My Dream" wearing a silver self-designed costume.
The Lithuanian group sang "Eastern European Funk" in glittery hot pants which they wore under plaid trousers removed during the performance.
The singer from Iceland sang "Is It True" wearing a ruffled dress in different shades of blue.
Inga & Anush (2009)
The Armenian sisters dressed in traditional velvet robes that had long braids attached to them and hats while singing "Jan Jan."
The lead singer of the Czech hip hop group performed in a superhero costume – red suit, matching cape and golden boots – for "Aven Romale."
Pirates Of The Sea (2008)
The Latvian musical project embraced nautical outfits for their song "Wolves of the Sea," complete with pirate guns and swords.
Verka Serduchka (2007)
The Ukrainian comedian and drag queen performed "Dancing Lasha Tumbai" in a Dolce & Gabbana-designed silver glittering military costume with a star headgear.
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Pop icon Madonna said Tuesday she is determined to perform at the finals of the Eurovision Song Contest in Tel Aviv this weekend, despite calls to boycott her for playing in Israel.
The four-member U.K. band performed their hit song "Flying the Flag (For You)" wearing matching flight attendant costumes.
Eric Papilaya (2007)
The Austrian singer promoted AIDS awareness through the song "Get a Life - Get Alive" in a silver outfit emphasizing the fight against the disease while the background dancers wore Vivienne Westwood-designed red costumes representing blood cells.
Lordi, the rock band from Finland, wore monster masks, blazing weapons and rotting flesh inspired by horror and fantasy themes for performing "Hard Rock Hallelujah."
Silvía Night (2006)
Iceland's Silvía Night sang "Congratulations" wearing a pink ruffled dress paired with a feathered headgear and thigh-high boots.
Wig Wam (2005)
Glam, the lead singer of the Norwegian band, wore a spandex suit and accentuated it with a white feather boa and glitter platform shoes for "In My Dreams."
The Ukrainian singer performed "Wild Dances" in a black leather warrior princess outfit.
Dana International (1998)
The Israeli singer sang "Diva" wearing a Jean Paul Gaultier black gown featuring colorful feathers.
Celine Dion (1988)
Representing Switzerland, Dion wore a fashionable double-breasted white tux jacket over a lacy tutu for the song "Ne partez pas sans moi."
Bucks Fizz (1981)
The British pop group sang the song "Making Your Mind Up" dressed in bright rainbow colors with the girls wearing skater-style dresses.
Madonna will premiere new Quavo collaboration at Eurovision Song Contest
Madonna has confirmed she'll be performing two songs at the Eurovision Song Contest final in Israel on Saturday night (18May19). A reported contract dispute stalled the big announcement from event bosses, but now all is set and the pop superstar will hit the stage at the Expo Tel Aviv to sing Like a Prayer and her new Quavo collaboration, Future, which will be released as a single at midnight on Thursday (16May19). The track features on Madonna's latest album, Madame X, which is scheduled for release next month (Jun19).
The Irish all-girl trio donned sparkling dresses with fringes on the bottom. Their celestial-inspired style came from their song "Horoscopes."
(Pictured) The band signs autograph for a fan after their performance.
Linda Williams (1981)
The Dutch singer took the stage wearing a mid-length pleated dress with over-sized balloon sleeves for her ballad "Het is een wonder."
Silver Convention (1977)
The German group performed their song "Telegram" wearing pastel pink tuxedo-style outfits with blue sequins.
The Swedish pop group performed "Waterloo" wearing vibrant and colorful clothes and boots.
Olivia Newton-John (1974)
The British-born singer wore a delicate and frilly high-necked net costume for performing the song "Long Live Love."
The singer represented the U.K. and sang "Boom Bang-a-Bang" while wearing a short pink dress featuring flowers details.
Sandie Shaw (1966)
The British singer, known as the "barefoot pop princess" for her shoe-less performances, wore a beaded mini dress while singing "Puppet on a String."
Israeli host expecting Eurovision 'punishment' for Iceland's Palestinian flag display.
Israeli host expecting Eurovision 'punishment' for Iceland's Palestinian flag display