Madonna’s negotiations with Israeli television to perform as the Eurovision 2019 interval act reportedly reached a standstill last autumn over financial arrangements.

But this morning Eurovision fans who dared to dream it could work out are smiling big. That’s because Israeli media Y Net are reporting that Canadian-Israeli billionaire Sylvan Adams has stepped in with the cash to woo the Material Girl to Tel Aviv.

The newspaper quotes Danny Ben-Naim, one of Adams’ business partners, on the matter.

“We hope that in the next few days we will sign an agreement to bring Madonna to the Eurovision Song Contest in Israel,” he said.

The move fits with Adams’ ongoing efforts to fashion himself as a cultural emissary and broker for Israel. He previously brought the prestigious Giro d’Italia to country. The cycling event, which mostly takes place in Italy, had its starting leg in Israel last year. He’s currently establishing a cultural foundation to bring artists to Israel in order to promote its standing in the world.

Y Net reports that he green-lighted Madonna “after much deliberation”. Sources tell the paper that “the signing is expected in the coming days, there are small details to finish.”

Shortly after we published this story, Israel’s Mako reported that Madonna’s fee is actually $1.5 million. That’s reportedly for singing just two songs.

Madonna at Eurovision 2019?

Y Net first reported that KAN had been holding talks with gay icon and global superstar to be the main interval act for Eurovision 2019 in mid-January.

It’s not as ludicrous as you might think.  Madonna has a strong connection with Israel, starting with her Israeli manager, Guy Oseray, her Hebrew name, Esther, which she adopted back in 2004, and her well-known connection to 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. She’s looked at her lineage and into her soul and reached that important conclusion.

The 60-year-old global pop superstar has been “The Queen of Pop” since the 1980s, and she has a series of successful albums under her blinged-out belt, 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). Last fall I jumped at the chance to present 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 the 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.

Are you excited that Madonna is a possible interval act for Eurovision? Let us know in the comments box below!

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Candy
Candy
2 years ago

That’s a whole lot of money for someone whose career has been dead for a long time.

ESCalator
ESCalator
2 years ago

In this day and age of enormous inequality, asking one million dollars for a single performance seems excessive…even if you are a pop icon. #CantRelate

dual lipper
dual lipper
2 years ago

Mad Primadonna is so last century, we want Dua Lipa

CookyMonzta
CookyMonzta
2 years ago

It has been nearly 36 and a half years since I heard the late legendary DJ Frankie Crocker play her first hit “Everybody” on New York City’s WBLS 107.5FM. But her time in the spotlight ended a decade and a half ago. Quite frankly, I always thought she should have become a DJ when that spotlight faded… …It is her choice whether she wants to show up at the contest or not; but it is not worth the trouble to pay her $1 million. That is the sign of a celebrity who knows her time had come and gone, and… Read more »

Nuli
Nuli
2 years ago

Mafonna is welcome to israel. We will love to have her here. Don’t get the negativity about her. I don’t care how much she will get for her performance.
Need to say thanks for sylvan adams for his love to israel. Madoona – i want you to give us and a fabulous performance as you always do.

Valentino
Valentino
2 years ago

In short, they have a to pay a Has-been, who will in addition get a lot of exposure to sell whatever she has to sell. Seriously they could have used the money for the production of the show.

romanian
romanian
2 years ago
Reply to  Valentino

But this guy Sylvan Adams wants to give this money only to Madonna, because she is his childhood crush, and after the show he hopes they will c u m together.

Episode
Episode
2 years ago
Reply to  Valentino

Has-been? Madonna is the highest-grossing solo touring artist and her last tour (2016) was attended by an audience of over 1.05 million with all the shows being sold out. The fact that her last singles weren’t big hits is due to the media not playing singers/bands over 40, let alone 50 or 60. That’s called ageism and should be fought, not praised, accepted or spread (with words as “has-been”), cuz to get old is something that no one can control (we’ll get there too). And remember that art is ageless.

romanian
romanian
2 years ago

I absolutely hate this self righteous [insert whatever you want]. She came to Romania and lecture us about discrimination, and when people from the audience that knew she has no idea what she is talking about, booed her, she did all she could to expose her whole family to paparazzi to “raise awareness”??? What an ignorant…person! Israel, why would you want to do that, she is nothing. Just to please a rich man that has wet dreams about Madonna?

Alkisti
Alkisti
2 years ago
Reply to  romanian

It’s never too much to talk about discrimination. If the crowds in your country cannot handle it then something is terrible wrong

romanian
romanian
2 years ago
Reply to  Alkisti

She made accusations to the crowd. People knew they are not to blame for anything. She was wrong, what the hell does she know about Romania? Celebrities should stick to their skill. (I’m looking at you George Clooney).

Richard James Keating
Richard James Keating
2 years ago

By the way…I’d have preferred if they’d tried for Gaga first, she’s far more current and also has performed in Israel a few times.

Richard James Keating
Richard James Keating
2 years ago

How come you guys haven’t mentioned Nettas new single, Bassa Sababa yet? You went crazy when Eleni Fuerea brought out her single last year. Also Miklas Josef has a new single, Abu Dhabi, the clip isn’t much but the song is quite good.

yom124
yom124
2 years ago

They wrote articles for both of them lol.

Loin dici
Loin dici
2 years ago

Unrelated to this, there’s a news stating that Shalva Band was now being sure about withdrawing 🙁

Nikko
Nikko
2 years ago

Katerine Duska will represent Greece at ESC. Still no article about that…

Jonas
Jonas
2 years ago
Reply to  Nikko

It will appear shortly, I’m sure. The Wiwi elves are working day and night for us, and I for one appreciate it!

Sasha
Sasha
2 years ago
Reply to  Nikko

Maybe because nothing has been confirmed yet about the Greek delegation.
Besides, wiwibloggs already published an article addressing the rumours about Katerine Duska

Robyn Gallagher
Admin
2 years ago
Reply to  Nikko

We’ll write about this when it’s been confirmed by the Greek broadcaster and/or the EBU. In the meantime, we have already written about the rumours suggesting that she will be the Greek act for Tel Aviv.

https://wiwibloggs.com/2019/01/14/will-katerine-duska-sing-for-greece-at-eurovision-2019/231250/

NATASA
NATASA
2 years ago

QUEEN OF POP

Ghi
Ghi
2 years ago

What are bunch of losers are these commenters on wiwibloggs saying that Madonna is “irrelevant, random artist” lmao !

Alex
Alex
2 years ago

By the way i hope Madonna goes to the green room to have some fun with the contestants.

Alex
Alex
2 years ago

One day Celine Dion should return to the Eurovision stage, she deserves it and I am sure she’d love to do it. Not this year obviously but as soon as France or Switzerland wins, they should invite her.

Jonas
Jonas
2 years ago
Reply to  Alex

Or any year ending in 8…not that they need a rationale. She’s welcome any time!

zeev
zeev
2 years ago

hi
in the news know they say that Madonna will be at the euro vision and sing 2 songs 7 minutes of show and its cost 1 million and 350 thousands of dollars

Frisian esc
Frisian esc
2 years ago
Reply to  zeev

I don’t understand why they are so eager to get a random artist who’s clearly doing it only for the money. Madonna isn’t even relevant anymore under the youth so they gain nothing by getting her to perform.

zeev
zeev
2 years ago
Reply to  Frisian esc

Madonna is big name in Israel, we have a american influence, and in my generation she is the queen

Frisian esc
Frisian esc
2 years ago
Reply to  zeev

Sorry, i didn’t mean to post that comment under your reaction.

zeev
zeev
2 years ago
Reply to  Frisian esc

ok

Daniel
Daniel
2 years ago

I WANT CHEERR!!

Ana
Ana
2 years ago

I just wonder, was the b*tching that hard when Russia (the huge country Russia), presented as an interval act a group of acrobats from Argentina? No Russian connection, no Eurovision connection. Nothing. Just an expensive show. At least Madonna is a musician that everybody knows and a known supporter of Israel (there are not that many among the celebrities).

Loin dici
Loin dici
2 years ago
Reply to  Ana

“Madonna is a musician that everybody knows”
This sums up the littlest of problems.

Ana
Ana
2 years ago
Reply to  Loin dici

The problems are in your head. I can not solve them

Loin dici
Loin dici
2 years ago
Reply to  Ana

Madonna is a musician, the Argentinian acts are not. The former would have both good and bad effects for the show, while the other one’s not so much. You’re usually objective, especially about your venue & staging analysis and opinions, but b*tching real hard just to justify fans’ hypocrisy, so I can’t see you getting over it. Let’s just end this here before it gets pointless.

Mr. Vanilla Bean
Mr. Vanilla Bean
2 years ago
Reply to  Ana

That was a fun burn Kudos! 😛

Nikki
Nikki
2 years ago

Honest to goodness: the interval act should be either about the host country culture, or the history of the contest. That why people liked more Love, Love, Peace, Peace than JT, because it showcased some of the most recognisable elements of the contest on a funny way.

zeev
zeev
2 years ago
Reply to  Nikki

will be also that

Alex
Alex
2 years ago
Reply to  Nikki

You can have both.

AngieP
AngieP
2 years ago

For me, Eurovision is a song contest where people of different countries share their cultural values and music. They share the same love for music and they exchange ideas and even make new friends. As a viewer, I see Eurovision as a celebration of music, where I get to know the music each part of Europe listens to and very talented artists I haven’t heard of. So I believe Eurovision should focus on showcasing the music and the culture of each country rather than make it more global fearing that we may forget how this contest was before. I’d love… Read more »

Denis
Denis
2 years ago
Reply to  AngieP

But isn’t Madonna music too? If the whole point is to celebrate music then why no Madonna? Isn’t that part of celebrating music?

Mari
Mari
2 years ago
Reply to  AngieP

Angie p, Eurovision is pop music festival, it is formed as such kind of festival, you have plenty of ethno music festivals if you want to listen that kind of music.

Safiya
Safiya
2 years ago

Who cares? Madonna doesn’t excite me at all. You want a star? Give me Verka Serduchka.

Alex
Alex
2 years ago
Reply to  Safiya

No, we’ve had enough of that joke, it’s getting tiring now

Yssy
Yssy
2 years ago

This is very controversial but I do not understand why. Madonna has always been pro-LBGT rights. Also this will help Eurovision gain more international attention especially in the U.S, Canada, New Zealand.

Jonas
Jonas
2 years ago
Reply to  Yssy

What would be good about gaining more attention from US/Canada? Why should that be a goal? The contest has survived 63 years without them.

blondboybc
blondboybc
2 years ago
Reply to  Jonas

I’m from Canada, and almost everyone has no clue what Eurovision is or even cares…they’re too concerned about the latest on Netflix or the hockey scores, etc, etc. So, whether Madonna sings or not will be a blip on the radar screen.

Valentino
Valentino
2 years ago
Reply to  Yssy

Justin Timberlake didn’t make the contest more popular in those places, and he is a popular artist, so why Madonna who had her peak 20 years ago would have a positive impact for the contest?

Envit
Envit
2 years ago

I think it’s soooo pathetic to bring her. Yeah, I know it’s a trial to make a positive aspect on Israel and bring more tourists but she is irrelevant and not related to the contest. If she was singing something which made by an Israeli production, I would be okay with it. But as it seems, she is not gonna do it. In briefly, unnecessary. But if the production insists on something international, they should bring Eleni – not just she will sing Fuego, but also Caramella, Tikitas and Golden boy (If it will be with Nadav Guedj, it will… Read more »

Joe
Joe
2 years ago

Eh. Whatever puts butts in seats.
Also, speaking of Israel: Shiri Maimon singing from Chicago on HaKokhav HaBa makes me that much sadder as a New Yorker that I couldn’t make it to see her on Broadway. Her American accent is perfect!

Rimig
Rimig
2 years ago

I think it’s a horrible idea. Just as horrible as Sweden did with JT. Does this mean Israel has no worthy Israeli artist to perform as interval act?…

LawStudent
LawStudent
2 years ago

Some additional reporting from Israeli outlets today on interval acts. First, Israel Hayon is confirming that Ilan Peled (better known as his cross dressing alter ego Miri Paskal) will be part of the show. According to some reports he is likely to pull a Lynda Woodruff (Sarah Dawn Finer) and star the comedic acts during the commercial breaks. Also will grace the stage with their presence, beyond Madonna, is the Balkan Bear Box. The Israeli gypsy punk musical group is known for incorporating Jewish, southeastern European, and middle eastern sounds in their reggae and electronica. What a great show this… Read more »

Loin dici
Loin dici
2 years ago
Reply to  LawStudent

Those intervals are blessings.

Ana
Ana
2 years ago

So people here didn’t have a problem if Israel invested about 15m dollars of PUBLIC money to cover a freaking stadium so the ESC looks big and thick like they like it. But suddenly Madonna gets 1m by a PRIVATE investor for her performance and everybody remembers the starving children of Africa? Such freaking hypocrites.

Loin dici
Loin dici
2 years ago
Reply to  Ana

What stadium?
And what starving children? We mostly discussed about Madonna and not Mr. Adams.

Ana
Ana
2 years ago
Reply to  Loin dici

When the discussion about hosting city was on, people all over were b*tching about the size of the suggested arenas. While everybody LOVED the idea to cover a football stadium, just for Eurovision, that would double the hosting costs. Only few people felt it’s a huge waste of money that doesn’t really worth it. Now when the discussion is about Madonna, suddenly people are counting money. How dare she demand such payment for a performance? She’s irrelevant, old, blah blah blah. Why now money is important suddenly? Just tell that you hate her because she’s rich. She didn’t steal this… Read more »

Loin dici
Loin dici
2 years ago
Reply to  Ana

Yes, fans are compaining about the Expo’s size but barely anyone put the stadium-covering issue into the main event, quite a big portion of the fandom are already okay with the Expo’s size.
“Just tell that you hate her because she’s rich” shows how unsubjective this is. I don’t care about Madonna getting her fee paid by Mr. Adams, but inviting Madonna has barely any context asides that she loves Israel. And yes, money is quite important when superstars gets paid easily while some Euroacts can earn close to nothing and still have to flow the cash for their performances.

Ana
Ana
2 years ago
Reply to  Loin dici

Inviting Madonna has the context of entertainment and bringing one of the biggest pop icons to the biggest music event of the year. Plenty of European artists performed in the Superbowl. Did they get hate because they are not USA relatrled and don’t care about american football? Why every time an American star comes to Eurovision starts this almost racist sh*t storm? Huh? I don’t want any non American artist comming near the Superbowl. How does this sound to you? Sounds nice?

Loin dici
Loin dici
2 years ago
Reply to  Ana

Superbowl is a football tournament for football teams and Eurovision SC is a song contest for the European musician–two different competitions, two different fields. Bringing European artists to perform in Superbowl doesn’t affect anything about the football game, teams, or their victory whatsoever, but bringing (especially famous) American artist to Eurovision would have an effect or two to the performers, because they’re also performing there putting their best performances to stand out. Unrelated to this, I do like the idea of having Madonna in Tel Aviv, don’t get me wrong, but it would also be pretty awkward when the winning… Read more »

Skiwalko
Skiwalko
2 years ago

All we’re talking about is just 3-5 minutes long interval act. Those who like Madonna will enjoy the performance, those who don’t may have a toilet break then. I don’t think it’s a good idea, but it’s not the end of the world. And billionaires can spend their money however they want.

Loin dici
Loin dici
2 years ago
Reply to  Skiwalko

Yeah, it’s not the end of the world, and it probably can be ignored, though we can question what are Team Zivit’s preference of show direction as of now. Inviting Madonna to the stage must have taken much guts and deliberation.

Alon I srael
Alon I srael
2 years ago

i think that most eurovision fan and people at home would prefer seeing an interval act which is related to eurovision… such as showing songs from the past, categories etc… my country wants to make an unforgotten contest but here they miss the point…they can pay a decent price to invite many winners from the past and not bring a singer which is not related to the contest and demand an astronomic price. anyway, i hope that, beside Madona’s act the rest will be enjoyable… it seems that there will be a good set of songs from the participant countries… Read more »

Denis
Denis
2 years ago

Wiwibloggers are such dramaqueens, Conchita aint got nothing on you!
If they want Madonna let they have her. Calm down and enjoy the party, or do something else! Personally I think its great. And if it’s only for exposure, so what? Americans would rather watch it knowing it’s one of their own rather than unknown talents from countries they can’t place on a map.

Loin dici
Loin dici
2 years ago
Reply to  Denis

“…rather than unknown talents from countries they can’t place on a map.”, when one of the purposes of ESC is to discover new talents. There you go.

Denis
Denis
2 years ago
Reply to  Loin dici

Yes, because I’m sure the average American out there is eager to check out and google the act from the country he doesn’t know exist.

Loin dici
Loin dici
2 years ago
Reply to  Denis

And I’m sure we need more fans like you, Dennis, so go ahead, tell me another one.

Denis
Denis
2 years ago
Reply to  Loin dici

The point of ESC is celebrating music , yes? And Madonna is music, yes?
So if it’s about celebrating music , why make a fuss about artists? Is that part of celebrating music? The point is that ESC shows there are no boundaries. Its irrelevant who is the interval act since it’s about music.
But please tell me about the point of ESC!

esc1234
esc1234
2 years ago
Reply to  Denis

nobody cares what people from the usa think. eurovision isnt made for them. Bye.

Loin dici
Loin dici
2 years ago
Reply to  Denis

The main point of ESC is uniting Europe through music after the horrible events from World War II. It was initiated by RAI based on the format of Sanremo Yes, we are celebrating music, but the center of attention was always European (or to an extent, Caucasian and Middle-Eastern) music. Yes, Madonna was a good act, but if she was there just to promote something without any relevance to ESC, it’s a wrong call.

serena
serena
2 years ago

How can anybody say that Baku was bad, when they had the brilliant idea to bring the last five years winners? Baku had great interval acts, now ESC is just for old hags to use and abuse.

serena
serena
2 years ago
Reply to  serena

She has nothing to do with ESC, and she is desperate. Please protect the young boys participants when she is around.

serena
serena
2 years ago
Reply to  serena

Seriously, you know she is just using ESC. I prefer ABBA reunion, especially now with Mamma Mia 2. Or Lara Fabian, or any other idea that brings in front of ESC fans their beloved legends. So many options.

Rose
Rose
2 years ago
Reply to  serena

Or Celine Dion. That would be awesome.

blondboybc
blondboybc
2 years ago
Reply to  Rose

Agreed. How about an act directly related to the ESC, not some random American (Israelite she says??) artist who has nil connection to it. Kind of reeks of propaganda from that billionaire.

Alex
Alex
2 years ago
Reply to  serena

Baku was horrible from all aspects.

Jonas
Jonas
2 years ago
Reply to  serena

I can quite easily say that Baku was bad. That son-in-law of the President was awful, a vanity project aided and abetted by his corrupt family. Shameful.

Jo.
Jo.
2 years ago

Somebody tell her that Lake Malawi is not a baby.

AndyLamp
AndyLamp
2 years ago
Reply to  Jo.

Okay, this is just funny.

David
David
2 years ago

Madonna has nothing to do with Eurovision, and is sort of older and “yesterday”. Israel should show a modern and fresh face to the world, Madonna is not part of this.

Alex
Alex
2 years ago
Reply to  David

Madonna loves Israel though

Marx
Marx
2 years ago

i really cant understand how anyone can see it as a bad thing…

Envit
Envit
2 years ago
Reply to  Marx

I’ll explain why: She is irrelevant and not related to the contest. If she is coming to promote a song which has no touch with the contest or Israel itself, it’s unnecessary to spill money on her.

Gili
Gili
2 years ago
Reply to  Envit

Would you say it on Michel jakson if he was alive? It’s a shame that people have no respect for such big artists just because they are little bit older…what a shame

Safiya
Safiya
2 years ago
Reply to  Marx

It has nothing to do with her age. She just doesn’t have anything to do with Eurovision or Israel, so why her and not a different artist? I want to get to know new Israeli artists or to see some Eurovision icons as interval acts.

bastian
bastian
2 years ago

I dont like this at all. Its not about the interval act, its about OUR participants/participating countries that we love so much. I had hoped the Israeli would come up with something way more original and refreshing.

Polegend Godgarina
Polegend Godgarina
2 years ago

she’ll soon have a new album out so i can see why she needs promo

Idan Cohen
Idan Cohen
2 years ago

This is just the warm up. Next time we win (and no, not in 2038..) we’ll get Beyonce!

florinho
florinho
2 years ago

A non-european country invite american a artist to perform.. what a shock..

FanESC
FanESC
2 years ago
Reply to  florinho

“Can’t stop the feeling” was wrotten by a swedish composer, If I remember well.

Loin dici
Loin dici
2 years ago
Reply to  FanESC

Well, yes, Max Martin and Shellback are Swedish.

Johnny
Johnny
2 years ago

Absolute idiotism! Show like ESC does NOT need antediluvian “stars” like her!

Mr. Vanilla Bean
Mr. Vanilla Bean
2 years ago

Also interesting: The 42 participants combined probably won’t get a million out of this.

Joshua
Joshua
2 years ago

Mh… I still don’t like the Israeli approach. They’re making all these famous people participate only for their status. Eurovision doesn’t need that. I don’t want this year to come out as cheap concept-wise… I’m not really against Madonna making an appearance, I’m against this approach. You can invite to Eurovision whoever you want, but doing it only to make your country look nice and even attract people that are outside of Eurovision doesn’t seem the best idea to me.

Joshua
Joshua
2 years ago
Reply to  Joshua

I didn’t like Justin’s appearance either, but that was different. He was the only superstar there, he was promoting the single of the film “Trolls” and the Swedes made a nice show. Ukraine and Portugal didn’t need international superstar to showcase the best of their country and make people want to visit. The reason why I don’t like Madonna there is because she has no reason to perform at Eurovision except attracting people. People will be attracted by her, though, not by Israel. The difference between what Sweden did in 2016 and what’s doing Israel this year is that they’re… Read more »

Loin dici
Loin dici
2 years ago
Reply to  Joshua

After you mentioned it, Joshua, I remembered the time when KAN and the government kept on pulling back and forth about the contest fundings. Mr. Adams has probably got Madonna at hand, but at this moment I’m kind of questioning how Zivit and friends would handle the budget now.

Loin dici
Loin dici
2 years ago
Reply to  Joshua

Well, Daniela Ruah was also there for Portugal, so Bar’s not really a big deal.

Joshua
Joshua
2 years ago
Reply to  Joshua

Please, read again what I wrote instead of misinterpreting my words to put me in a bad light. I’m responsible for what I say, not for what other people think I said.

Mr. Vanilla Bean
Mr. Vanilla Bean
2 years ago

I do find this interesting. Apparently, you have to be a billionaire to afford Madonna. With billions to spend, millions don’t matter, but I highly doubt her performance is worth that much. Is any performance worth that much? Personally, I do not care for her performing at Eurovision even for free as I don’t think it’s the right direction for Eurovision to go in, but in the end, nobody is forced to watch and I am looking forward to the awkward moment after her performance, when the hosts will be tasked with getting some kind words about Eurovision out of… Read more »

ree
ree
2 years ago

I really like Madonna, but this would definitely have a sour aftertaste. Being aware that she only performs there because she was given a huge amount of money instead of having a genuine connection to the country or the contest would feel a bit odd.

Eleny
Eleny
2 years ago
Reply to  ree

@ree – I guess you just wake up and go to work for free just for love and deep connection to your country and economy. STOP THE HYPROCITE

ree
ree
2 years ago
Reply to  Eleny

Damn, chill. I just said that it’d be weird for her to perform since she has no connection to the country or the contest, making it obvious that she just does it for the money.

Denis
Denis
2 years ago
Reply to  ree

Everyone works for money, how else are we supposed to live?
No one works for free. But if you want to feel free and tell us how it worked out.

Loin dici
Loin dici
2 years ago
Reply to  Denis

Um, Dennis, some of the Euroacts had to pay for participation and performance themselves, most notably San Marino. Some intervals also didn’t get paid money to perform, as example Jamala (in Kiev 2017). I guess that’s how it worked out.

Oded
Oded
2 years ago
Reply to  ree

Plus she’s a material girl

Jonas
Jonas
2 years ago

I love Madonna, but no. I don’t want this to become a “thing” like the SuperBowl half-time show (which is on tonight!)…I don’t think the NFL pay the artists to perform there, considering it’s such a big promotional slot. If Madonna really does have a new album out, why would she be the one to get paid? She should be paying the EBU!

LawStudent
LawStudent
2 years ago
Reply to  Jonas

Actually per league rules the NFL covers all production costs of the halftime show, which can exceed $10 million, just doesn’t pay the performers. Of the 1 million and 350 thousands of dollars, significant portions will go into travel and production, dancers, sound checks, special effects etc. So we don’t actually know how much money Madonna will actually make.

Gunilla
Gunilla
2 years ago

Fantastic, news, but what about this tribute to Netta and Israel from EBUs broadcast Lydia Woudrouf.
https://youtu.be/Bin0yv0n1qo

Simon H
Simon H
2 years ago

Personally I think it’s a bad idea, taking the focus away from the competing artists and the efforts they make to a) represent their countries in the first place and b) reach the semi final and finals. What is wrong with the tried and tested method of using the interval to promote local home grown talent and provide exposure to the host countries talented performers and culture. Paying a million to have her perform is an insult really when some countries struggle to come up with the participation fees etc.

Just my opinion. But please, stay away Madonna.

Lola
Lola
2 years ago

Why Madonna? Just because she is Madonna? I think it’s a waste of money, there were so many great interval acts in the past few years that are legend (love love peace peace ofc the prime example) that stick with our Eurovision culture and didn’t require a 7 digit budget… Now we are probably really gonna see the mayor play the flute as an interval act somewhere (not that I mind it, not at all, it’s hilarious. But just to make my point). Eurovision is not a contest of bigger and better, I think that they are forgetting that here.

Maya G
Maya G
2 years ago
Reply to  Lola

If you liked “Love Love Peace Peace” you surely remember that on the same interval there was a performance by Justin Timberlake. So apparently there’s enough time for a local production as well as a performance of an American superstar.

Lola
Lola
2 years ago
Reply to  Maya G

I wasn’t a fan of JT at eurovision either, but I’m quite sure he didn’t cost as much as Madonna. Sweden 2016 cost
about 13 million euro, so it’s unlikely that JT cost 1 million.

Maya G
Maya G
2 years ago
Reply to  Lola

Why does it matter to you how much she’s being paid? It’s not like you’re paying for it, and nor are KAN for that matter. Her fee isn’t coming off the contest budget.

Eleny
Eleny
2 years ago

ESC TLV 2019 WOULD PROBABLY BE THE BEST ESC IN HISTORY.

Loin dici
Loin dici
2 years ago
Reply to  Eleny

Amen!

ABC
ABC
2 years ago

Eurofans are so drama queens. YEARS after years people cry that ESC is becoming irrelevant. Last year wining by Netta finally made ESC worldwide covered and get the honor it deserves.

Israel proves time after time, THEY KNOW how to make things relevant and cool again. Trust their judgement; KAN know what they are doing.

In addition, shut up and thank this billionaire that he pay for fuc**** madonna!!! And the comments about poor people in the world? Really??!?! ESC is not a charity show, and everyone wants a huge show. stop the hyprocite.

Loin dici
Loin dici
2 years ago
Reply to  ABC

With Netta, it’s a fair cause: she competes–she won, and with Eleni aside, they showed how worthy Eurovision exports are. With Madonna, it’s a different story. Yes, ESC will get exposure on TV, but it’s mostly because Madonna’s there, they’re not there for the acts. There’s a big difference.

Lola
Lola
2 years ago
Reply to  Loin dici

So why is the exposure good then? If they only watch for Madonna, they will not watch the entire show or tune in next year, so that doesn’t make any difference. Watching online for 10 minutes maybe will not have benefits for the competition, so why is world wide knowledge of Eurovision so important? It’s the EBU countries/Europe and Australia that counts, not the world.

Loin dici
Loin dici
2 years ago
Reply to  Loin dici

It matters, Charles II : Eurovision is a CONTEST or competition. Similar to the bigger, sport-related events–Olympics or World Cup : You don’t know who the participants are, yet you favor them, or their country, to win. Worldly exposure just because of Madonna or any superfamous acts doesn’t help, It’s not an award or a gala, or even something like Ultra.

Loin dici
Loin dici
2 years ago
Reply to  Loin dici

Yes, it is a TV show for the masses–yet Eurovision already has their own almost 200 million of European, Caucasian, and Middle Eastern masses watching every year. It’s already a big thing for them, and indeed it is meant for them. Yes, American, African, and Asian masses (like I am) can discover Eurovision through the exposure, but we’re here just to watch and speculate, or to an extent travel and see it live–while the Europeans are there to also determine their country’s reps, watch the show, determine the qualifiers, and determine the winners. Yes, diehard wiwi fans don’t really count,… Read more »