MADONNA HONOURS, DISSES GAGA?

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Leaked footage of Madonna’s tour rehearsal has revealed that the star will perform a mash-up of her hit Express Yourself and Lady Gaga’s gay anthem Born This Way.

The footage was secretly shot during a rehearsal for the opening night of Madonna’s anticipated MDNA world tour, which is set for Thursday night at the Ramat Gan stadium in Tel Aviv, Israel.

In the clip, Madonna, who is partially seen on a stadium screen, is heard singing her 1989 classic Express Yourself, which many say inspired the 2011 Gaga song Born this Way.

In the Material Girl’s performance, she segues into the Born This Way chorus, ending off the medley with her own 2008 track She’s Not Me about a woman trying to imitate her.

The similarities between the songs have been somewhat controversial, with Madonna previously saying that she found it “amusing”.

“When I heard [Born This Way] on the radio I said, ‘That sounds very familiar’. It felt reductive,” she told 20/20’s Cynthia McFadden in a television interview earlier this year.

Gaga herself has dismissed the controversy as “completely ridiculous” and said “if you put the songs next to each other, side by side, the only similarities are the chord progression.”

With 84 currently confirmed dates, the MDNA tour will visit the Middle East, Asia, Europe and the Americas this year and is expected to be extended into 2013.

Madonna holds the record for the highest grossing concert tour of all time for a female performer and the second highest overall after U2.

Watch Madonna’s leaked rehearsal video clip below.

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