Dare to Dream is this year’s theme and host broadcaster KAN is aiming as high as it can. After we saw Justin Timberlake on the Eurovision stage in 2016, they’re hoping another global superstar will take the Eurovision stage. And according to the latest reports in Israeli media, none other than Madonna has been in negotiations with KAN for a few months. Although Madonna agreed to perform on the Eurovision stage in Tel Aviv, financial terms are preventing a contract from being singed. Madonna may be hung up, but our girl knows what to do when it comes to a negotiation.
Israeli media have been reporting that KAN are looking for a few interval acts to perform at Eurovision 2019. KAN’s wishlist consists mostly of famous Israeli stars including: Netta, Dana International, Omer Adam and Idan Raichel (You can read more about it in our previous post). Unfortunately Omer recently said rehearsals on the Sabbath make this impossible for him.
In addition to these Israeli stars, KAN would like to have an international star on the Eurovision stage during the grand final. Some of the names that were mentioned in reports include Coldplay and Elton John.
And now Ynet reports that KAN has been holding talks with gay icon and global superstar Madonna to be the main interval act for Eurovision 2019.
The problem at the moment is that Madonna is a bit of a material girl and KAN’s offer might be a bit low for her. We hope they will reach an agreement and that the Pop legend will perform on the Eurovision stage in Tel Aviv.
There is quite a strong connection between Madonna and Israel, starting with her famous Israeli manager, Guy Oseray, her new Hebrew name, Esther, which she adopted back in 2004, and her famous connection to the Kabbalah.
She has had a few concerts in Israel over the years and there have even been reports about a penthouse she bought in Tel Aviv. She says she’s not Jewish, but an Israelite, and as you can see the connection is real, so performing on Israel’s Eurovision stage is quite logical when you think about it.
The 61-year-old global pop superstar has been “The Queen of Pop” since the 1980s, with a series of successful albums, including the global bestsellers Like a Virgin (1984) and True Blue (1986), as well as the Grammy Award winners Ray of Light (1998) and Confessions on a Dance Floor (2005). (Our very own William Lee Adams even presented a radio documentary on her for the BBC).
Throughout her career, Madonna has written and produced most of her songs, with many of them reaching number one on the record charts, including “Like a Virgin”, “La Isla Bonita”, “Like a Prayer”, “Vogue”, “Take a Bow”, “Frozen”, “Music”, “Hung Up”, and “4 Minutes”.
Madonna’s popularity was further enhanced by her roles in films such as Desperately Seeking Susan (1985), Dick Tracy (1990), A League of Their Own (1992), and Evita (1996). While Evita earned her a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress, many of her other films received poor reviews. As a businesswoman, Madonna founded her own entertainment company Maverick, including the label Maverick Records, in 1992. Her other ventures include fashion design, writing children’s books, opening of health clubs, and film-making. She has contributed to various charities and founded the Ray of Light Foundation in 1998 and Raising Malawi in 2006.
Having sold more than 300 million records worldwide, Madonna is noted as the best-selling female recording artist of all time by Guinness World Records. The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) listed her as the second highest-certified female artist in the U.S., with 64.5 million album units. According to Billboard, Madonna is the most successful solo artist in its Hot 100 chart history. She is also the highest-grossing solo touring artist of all time, accumulating U.S. $1.4 billion from her concert tickets. Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in her first year of eligibility, Madonna topped VH1’s countdown of 100 Greatest Women in Music. Additionally, Rolling Stone listed her among the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time and the 100 Greatest Songwriters of All Time.
Are you excited that Madonna is a possible interval act for Eurovision? Who would you suggest for KAN to invite if it doesn’t work out? Let us know in the comments box below!