She’s the Material Girl known for being at the centre of drama. And Madonna is holding true to form when it comes to Eurovision 2019. Just a few days ago Israeli media revealed that negotiations between the megastar and KAN are ongoing, and that the parties are very close to reaching an agreement over her performances during the Eurovision 2019 interval.
But it now seems that a new crisis is brewing and that it might jeopardise Madonna’s planned show in Tel Aviv. This time it’s not about her $1.5 million appearance fee, but rather the singer’s artistic vision.
According to Ynet, one of the songs that Madonna intends to perform has been described by some officials at KAN as “controversial and inappropriate” to the spirit of the contest and they requested that she choose an alternative. However, Mr Eldad Koblenz, KAN’s CEO, has reportedly sided with the singer and expressed his opinion that her freedom should be respected, leaving the choice to Madonna herself.
Ynet also reported that Madonna had filmed a political advertisement that would “lead to controversy”, although it is unclear if this has any relation to the song choice.
Madonna at Eurovision 2019
Last January, Ynet reported that KAN had been holding talks with the gay icon and global superstar to be the main interval act for Eurovision 2019. But later we learned that things didn’t go smoothly due to financial disagreements. Apparently, her appearance fee is $1.5 million for two songs. This issue was later resolved thanks to Canadian-Israeli billionaire Mr Sylvan Adams who stepped in with the cash. Channel 12 news reported that Madonna is expected to perform for about 15 minutes during the Grand Final, as votes are counted.
Madonna has a strong connection to the holy land and she even added a Hebrew name to her birth name – Esther. She also practices Kabbalah and has visited Israel on many occasions. Her last concert in Israel was held in 2012.
KAN’s official response is to stay tight-lipped about it all. “We are working with the EBU and are subject to their rules and decisions,” they said.
Madonna hasn’t responded.
Do you think that this is a real crisis? Or is it just another step before the official announcement?