Last year Justin Timberlake made headlines around the world with his guest performance of “Can’t Stop The Feeling” at Eurovision 2016 in Stockholm.
And today a well-known music figure in Ukraine claimed that Eurovision 2017 producers approached Lady Gaga — another American mega-star — to perform during the grand final interval.
Karabas Live reports that Igor Tarnopolsky — the manager of Eurovision 2016 winner Jamala — was informed about the possibility of Lady Gaga performing in Kyiv in April.
He claims to have heard the news directly from Eurovision 2017 producer Stuart Barlow.
Igor told the news site that Lady Gaga — real name Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta — agreed to perform as the main interval act in Kyiv and for free, just as Justin did last year. The payment would have been the international exposure that Eurovision brings. (“Can’t Stop The Feeling” went on to top the charts in 18 countries, including 12 that competed at Eurovision 2016).
But the site says that Gaga also required a rider of between 100,000 to 200,000 US dollars, which they were unable to pay, forcing them to cancel her appearance.
Ukraine’s Eurovision 2004 winner Ruslana was eventually chosen as the grand final interval act, performing her new single “It’s Magical”.
She was one of three guest performers alongside Jamala and ONUKA, who was announced on April 18.
What do you think? Should Lady Gaga have performed as the interval act? Would she have delivered a better show? Or were you happy that Ukraine showcased homegrown talent instead? Let us know in the comments section below!