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Madonna hits back over Eurovision criticism after performance falls flat

Mirror logo Mirror 19/05/2019 Emmeline Saunders

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Madonna has clapped back at her haters after her Eurovision Song Contest 2019 performance fell flat.

The Queen of Pop was blasted for her lack-lustre show on last night's global TV event, with critics insisting she was singing out of tune throughout her controversial appearance.

But the 60-year-old star has hit back with an Instagram post and a characteristically sassy response.

Sharing a snap of herself wearing her Madame X eye-patch and a diamond tiara, Madonna held her hands over her ears.

"Madame X Hears no Evil...............  #future   #eurovision #madamex ," she captioned the shot.

   a woman wearing a costume: Madonna has responded to her haters © madonna/Instagram Madonna has responded to her haters

It came after fears were raised that Madonna's religious overtones could spark controversy in Israel, where Eurovision was being hosted this year.

She announced plans to perform her hit single Like A Prayer, to mark its 30th anniversary.

But an insider said: "A song about religious devotion sung in this part of the world, at this time, could be quite incendiary."

Her first song of the evening saw her walk down the stairs of the stage in a church robe.

a group of people wearing costumes: She performed live on Eurovision © REUTERS She performed live on Eurovision

She then performed her new single Future with US rapper Quavo - but both tracks were met with backlash from critics who felt Madonna's voice wasn't what it used to be.

One tweeted: "Sounds like a zoo on fire. Awful, tone deaf and out of key. I pray she never songs live and embarrasses herself against. Time to retire Madonna, you sound terrible."

Another wrote: "Omg, it was so bad... the vocals... She certainly wasn't the best singer of the night."

a man wearing a costume: Madonna's performance divided fans © Getty Images Madonna's performance divided fans

And a third said: "It was an awful performance. Vocals lacked credibility and performance was poor. Choreography bland. Those working for her probably said 'Outstanding' I'd say yes for all the wrong reasons."

But others rushed to Madonna's defence, insisting she'd given it everything she had.

"Madonna: Gives up vocals and song to send a message about Israel and Palestine People: Omg!! The vocals were so bad!! Madonna is so ouuuuttt! Netta did it better, she can do better too!!! Please. Never agaiiiinnnn!" one tweeted.

And another wrote: "I thought she was great. Her voice is amazing, and she certainly pushed it out of its comfort zone!"

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