Eurovision scolds Madonna for Palestinian flag display

JERUSALEM — Eurovision Song Contest organizers say they were taken aback by the display of a Palestinian flag during Madonna's guest appearance, which defied contest rules.

While Madonna performed her new single, two of her dancers flashed Israeli and Palestinian flags pinned on their backs.

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The European Broadcast Union, or EBU, said Sunday that Madonna had not cleared that part of the act with broadcasters and "was advised as to the non-political nature of the event."

Yet most reactions to Madonna's performance had nothing to do with her political gesture. Many panned her for singing off key.

Canadian-Israeli billionaire Sylvan Adams paid over $1 million to bring Madonna in for the event.

EBU also said it is considering "consequences" for Iceland's performers, who whipped out a Palestinian flag during the vote tally.

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