She’s the Queen of Pop slated to perform at the Grand Final of Eurovision 2019 as an interval act.
But now, Madonna‘s performance at Eurovision 2019 may be in jeopardy.
That’s because Eurovision executive supervisor Jon Ola Sand says the EBU has yet to confirm Madonna as an interval act.
Though the Media Handbook, a booklet with all the information necessary for journalist and commentators, states that Madonna will appear at the Grand Final, this seems to be a question, rather than a statement.
— Martijn van der Zande (@vanderzande) May 11, 2019
Last night during a press conference, one journalist asked whether it was true that the EBU has not confirmed Madonna. Jon Ola Sand answered:
“It is true that we, the EBU or KAN, has never confirmed Madonna as an act for the Eurovision Song Contest. For the simple reason that we do not have a signed contract with her team. And if we do not have a signed contract, she cannot perform on that stage. It’s very simple.”
The organisation is busy securing Madonna as an act however and Jon Ola Sand added that they are in discussions with Madonna’s team:
“So we are negotiating now, in the final stage of that, but if there is no signed contract this week, she will not be on the stage. That’s very easy.
“So, we are in a situation now that is a bit strange. We have an artist who would like to participate in the Eurovision Song Contest. We would love to welcome her on that stage. But for that we have to have the framework security.”
Meanwhile, Israeli media outlet Srugim.co.il reports that Madonna is said to arrive on Wednesday in Tel-Aviv.
Besides special requests regarding safety, her team seems to have had other demands, especially regarding the technical material that still has to be sorted out.