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?
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.
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