It’s a moment Eurofans have been waiting for.

But Madonna‘s performance at the Grand Final of Eurovision 2019 has made headlines in Israel this morning for all the wrong reasons.

That’s because a journalist from Israeli outlet Israel Hayom has leaked what they claim is her live vocal from final rehearsals last night.

The 2:27 clip published at 09:09am local time in Israel is taken from her rendition of “Like A Prayer”.

That track of course celebrates a 30th anniversary in 2019.

The Israeli newspaper reports the vocal has “innacuracies” and suggests the star may have believed playback was being used:

“In the recordings we receive, Madonna performs one of her greatest hits, “Like a Prayer,” with inaccuracies, to say the least. It is estimated that the singer, who in most of her performances relies on playback, did not know that her microphone was open and that it was being recorded.”

Israel Hayom reports screens had been turned off, but the sound system had been left running live. Production staff had been cleared from the arena to prevent visuals from leaking.

Last week it seemed as if the performance may not happen at all.

That’s because the EBU revealed no contract had been signed with Madonna. Without a contract the “Material Girl” would not have been able to take to the stage.

Fortunately that issue was resolved and the performance will go ahead.

She’ll perform “Like A Prayer” and her new single “Future” with Quavo.

This marks a second high profile performance by an American star in three years. Justin Timberlake performed during the interval of Eurovision 2016 in Stockholm.

Other interval acts tonight include last year’s winner Netta. She’ll perform new single “Nana Banana”. There will also be a medley of Eurovision hits from past contestants Conchita Wurst, Måns Zelmermlöw, Eleni Foureira, Verka Serduchka and Gali Atari.

The shows starts from 9pm CET.

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christina karlsson
christina karlsson
1 year ago

I remember when Justin Timberlake performed, it was so warm and he really connected with the crowd and he was a true professional. With Madonna I felt it was all about her, she didn’t seem to notice the audience at all. And during the interview she was all sarcasm and seemed very cold. I wish Freddie Mercury was still alive and would perform at the ESC, that would’ve been great. But why not ask Elton John next year? 🙂

EZz
EZz
1 year ago

https://www.change.org/p/bbc-eurovision-drop-the-bbc-from-picking-the-uk-entry-for-2020
If you guys wouldn’t mind just taking a look at this petition, and if you could just sign as well, that would be much appreciated, thank you.

Alex
Alex
1 year ago

Weak performance and no interaction with the participants, so bad!

It gave a lot of publicity to the show though so they should invite another artist next year, someone talented and reliable though. Maybe Celine Dion?

blondboybc
blondboybc
1 year ago

When most ESC contestants sing better than an American popstar past her prime…the interval act with Verka, Eleni and company was FAR more enjoyable! Please, EBU, no more imported acts!

Leo
Leo
1 year ago

I wish she’d done playback

Kim
Kim
1 year ago

The good news is that after the Madonna performance, Dutch tv will probably not risk inviting a well known act to perform in the interval. On another note, 58 minutes for the interval?!? Far too long, there’s enough songs already without listening to more tunes we have mainly no interest in. As soon as the televote finishes, can they start giving the jury vote then? A show of 4 hours is surely going to loose viewers rather than attract new viewers?

Henry
Henry
1 year ago

Omg! She was bad…. painful to listen and look at…

Vicky Monk
Vicky Monk
1 year ago

How old fashioned was her outfit it was awful. Time the old girl gave up, she can’t sing and she was flat and out of tune. Face the facts Madge your entertaining days are over.

Myrk
Myrk
1 year ago

All the hosts: OMG MADONNA IS COMING!

Me: OMG The Switch Song!! Conchita! Måns! verka!!!! Omg!!! Madonna who?

Eld
Eld
1 year ago

What a symbolic act of Madonna. Current situation in Israel copatured perfectly. Wake up!!!!

Denis
Denis
1 year ago

Madonna is a legend and Like A Prayer is the best pop song ever prduced but that was painful! Someone should tell the old lady to retire ASAP!

yodenman
yodenman
1 year ago

Was she carrying an injury because her mobility seemed a little stiff. What a huge build up to her performance and what a huge letdown. The audience seemed underwhelmed too.

George
George
1 year ago

Please, no more big stars in Eurovision. They’re always so cringy.

Adam Jones
Adam Jones
1 year ago

That was sad. I love Madonna but her voice was awful singing “Like A Prayer”. I was cringing in my seat watching and listening to her. She couldn’t hit certain notes and she couldn’t carry a tune. Her voice was just sour. Half way through her other song I just turned it off cause it was so auto-tuned and fake. She ‘was’ the greatest. Still love her though but she is 60 now, perhaps she should just retire with her millions.

keith mawson
keith mawson
1 year ago
Reply to  Adam Jones

she was massively out of tune it was painful, very Freemasonic symbolism and staging too. LOL stands out a mile to me. very weird. Like opening up a portal or something. Please let’s not have a so-called big star again unless its Celine Dion or Abba. Only they would make sense as they actually won this contest. WD and Congrats Duncan.

mariahh
mariahh
1 year ago

Madonna was such a letdown.
Bring Celine Dion next time.

pierre ledoux
pierre ledoux
1 year ago

hilarious when the dutch jury announcer stated madonna was out of tune lol

keith mawson
keith mawson
1 year ago
Reply to  pierre ledoux

Love [eople who tell it like it is .

aep
aep
1 year ago

Just a quick note from one who knows very little about playback or performers’ methods…. But I do know that Madonna was frequently not in tune this evening. I suspect that singing in such a place with all the noise must be dreadfully difficult though….

N. I. Chelidonis
N. I. Chelidonis
1 year ago

Awful, out of tune, barely moved much less danced. New song is all autotune. Disappointing.

George
George
1 year ago

Well, she’s an old potato, what did you expect?

Redgrave
Redgrave
1 year ago

Time 00:02. Madonna is on – definitely no plaback – just a lady with no breath control and totally out of tune! This contest must have been the worst in living memory!

keith mawson
keith mawson
1 year ago
Reply to  Redgrave

sounded like she’d had a stroke

Eyal
Eyal
1 year ago
Reply to  Redgrave

We get it. You loath Israel.
Find yourself a hobby.

Fatima
Fatima
1 year ago

It’s not a surprise either, didn’t Timberlake mime?

Sandrine
Sandrine
1 year ago

It’s Madonna, what would you expect? Of course, she’s going to use playback like a professional she is.

Yrneh
Yrneh
1 year ago

Eurovision 2018, where everything was sang live. <3

Maruv
1 year ago

Netta and Dana used playback in semifinals. Why Madonna shouldn’t ?

Eyal
Eyal
1 year ago

You’ll find anything to add to the bashing of this year’s contest. I’m tired of it. Focusing always on the negative, ignoring all the beautiful, good and impressive things we’ve seen coming from TLV. YouTube is full of positive comments. People are praising so many elements of this year’s edition. Go check for yourself. Here, however, reading the comments, one might think the contest is being held in a local bar, organized by drunk people. Exaggerated criticism, lack of proportions, sick negativity, bad energy and hatred. If all you can see is darkness maybe there’s something wrong with you. People… Read more »

Fatima
Fatima
1 year ago
Reply to  Eyal

Eyal, I think you’ll find that most people think it is/will be a great contest this year, regardless of Madonna. I do and I’ve seen 51 in a row.

Sally
Sally
1 year ago
Reply to  Fatima

The contestants were better than usual. Guests, not so much. There were just way too many of them. Pick the few that did well and ditch the rest.

galit
galit
1 year ago
Reply to  Eyal

Don’t even answer! most of them are trolls!

keith mawson
keith mawson
1 year ago
Reply to  Eyal

Contest is fine and great result. Israel did a great show and i have nothing but praise for it the screen looked great stage was amazing and some of the best effects I have seen at an esc. I’m only talking about MadDonna

lasse braun
lasse braun
1 year ago

where’s MARUV?

Miki
Miki
1 year ago

Again Verka Serducka?!! She is so lame and unfunny.

keith mawson
keith mawson
1 year ago
Reply to  Miki

I thought her version of Toy was brilliant

Lananeenenoonoo
Lananeenenoonoo
1 year ago

It’s the word ‘accused’ I find bizarre. Can’t people just enjoy the fact that a pop music legend is performing at Eurovision? Chill out everyone and enjoy the show. Switzerland for the win ? x

Cissile
Cissile
1 year ago

Noone really cares anyway, do they? Justin Timberlake was the ”big draw” of 2016, but wich interval act stole his thunder? Yep, Peace Peace, Love Love is still talked about while many people dont even remember Timberlake. Lets just hope the Eleni/Måns/Netta mashup will do the same thing.

Maria
Maria
1 year ago
Reply to  Cissile

Eurovision song contest 2016 was just amazing

Polegend Godgarina
1 year ago

she clearly has no idea what the eurovision is and only took part for the money. she ain’t special to be allowed to do playback when the number one rule is to sing live. the fact that they paid her one million euros for this mess sdkhfkdfas

Minerva
Minerva
1 year ago

Well, in the old days, everything had to be live. Now the music is not live, some backing singers do not sing live and occasionally, the main singers don’t sing live….and then the guests….This competition is heading towards Playbackvision.

Polegend Godgarina
1 year ago
Reply to  Minerva

if sweden wins again i can see them introducing the possibility to have pre-recorded backing vocals a la mediocrityfestivalen (which means that we don’t get to hear the singers’ live vocals in the chorus)

Kobe
Kobe
1 year ago

I don’t get the hate for Madonna. She’s a real legend in popmusic history…

Rob
Rob
1 year ago

Please, no Madonna! She made a stunning comeback in 2005, but became oblivious after that year. Now, she just needs to promote her new album.

If one really wanted a good and campy interval act (from someone who’s got nothing to lose or sell): don’t go to the queen, go to the goddess! Cher would’ve been PERFECT!!! 😀

CookyMonzta
CookyMonzta
1 year ago

If this is what the contract delay was all about, then this was a very dumb way to go, only to have your cover blown so easily.

Sally
Sally
1 year ago

Has she ever NOT used playback? In the last 30 years? Everyone knows she lip syncs most of the time.

Andd
Andd
1 year ago
Reply to  Sally

IKR. Madonna using playback is my default expectation when she has a concert.

Jubi
1 year ago

of course, there are amazing voices on the contest…she will never perform live with that poor voice

alex
alex
1 year ago

Lol I remember when she was 3 hours late when I saw her in concert years ago. I still love her though. As for playback…Who cares! she’s not competing. Haha

Esc1234
Esc1234
1 year ago
Reply to  alex

She got 1 million dollars to use playback. Haha. Very funny. And disgusting

aroncido
aroncido
1 year ago
Reply to  Esc1234

I don’t see why it bothers you what other people spend their money on.

dragvision
dragvision
1 year ago
Reply to  Esc1234

1,33 milion

silenceisgolden
silenceisgolden
1 year ago
Reply to  dragvision

she brought over 120 people with her for that…..plus her pirate costume looked like it cost about $50……so it’s not like she cashed the entire amount,

Minerva
Minerva
1 year ago

I think no one should be allowed to use playback at Eurovision – such a huge song contest. I was very disappointed one of the contenders last year used playback in the final. It was so obvious since she is known to be a bad singer. She should have been disqualified.

American ESC FAN
American ESC FAN
1 year ago
Reply to  Minerva

Who? Eleni?

Sav001
Sav001
1 year ago
Reply to  Minerva

No one used playback. That is the main rule of Eurovision.

Roelof Meesters
Roelof Meesters
1 year ago

What a disaster, and they were shouting her out in semi- final 2 as if THAT was what we were waiting for. I still hope it’s a big prank and we see MARUV- Siren Song during the voting.

Troyorg
Troyorg
1 year ago

Both Netta and Dana International were also using playback.

MrGman
MrGman
1 year ago
Reply to  Troyorg

True

Elsa
Elsa
1 year ago
Reply to  Troyorg

2 great artists lol

dragvision
dragvision
1 year ago
Reply to  Troyorg

but are not payed 1.33 million of euros

Deibar
Deibar
1 year ago
Reply to  Troyorg

I don’t think netta used playback, some parts of the performance had digital effects on though

Troy
Troy
1 year ago
Reply to  Deibar

Nah, it sounded nothing like her actual live performances. Go compare them,

Toni
Toni
1 year ago

Just listened to it and if that’s a lipsync track then how horrible does she sound without it? But in all honesty that is a fucking backing track and Wiwi is once again playing dumb. Wait, I take that back. You are dumb as fuck.

Jo.
Jo.
1 year ago

if Australia wins, I’m expecting Kylie Minogue at least.

Jo.
Jo.
1 year ago

Surprised you all? lol

Janet
Janet
1 year ago

the worst!

Redgrave
Redgrave
1 year ago

It would just round off the worst contest in recent memory!

FaS
FaS
1 year ago

Its ok to invite american artists, but why Madonna? Her voice was always weak, and got worse with the aging. There are so many american good artists that would ask for less money. Bruno Mars, Anderson Paak, The weeknd and more… Portugal last year just invited local artists, no one gives a f* about having Madonna acting in eurovision, this performance will be forgotten soon, why do they spend so much money instead inviting local israeli artists? The guy that spend millions inviting madonna should help KAN to hire a good camerman, the only good thing about Eurovision this year… Read more »

ESCFan2009
ESCFan2009
1 year ago
Reply to  FaS

“The only good thing about Eurovision this year was the orange carpet”. May I ask “Nevana” and “TAMATA” about that? 😀 😀

Jo.
Jo.
1 year ago
Reply to  FaS

The hosts… they are good this year.

Jubi
1 year ago
Reply to  Jo.

they are not bad host…but not good either…they are meh ermmm ok

Sleimok
Sleimok
1 year ago

I feel like nobody really wants her to be there anyways… Eurovision is about celebrating Eurovision music and not some washed up acts from the USA. Seriously, american artists get soooo much exposure on european radio… why do they need to come to Eurovision to promote their new music? Let the Eurovision artists have their night to shine…

Sally
Sally
1 year ago
Reply to  Sleimok

Really, I would like to see host nations use the interval acts to showcase their country’s popular/venerable artists.

The best part of Eurovision us learning about some great artists you would never would have heard of otherwise and then going on a treasure hunt for more of their music.

AAGS
AAGS
1 year ago

Who cares. Madonna will have televote too? ?

Andy
Andy
1 year ago

I don’t see anything wrong. I just hope is better than Dana’s lipsync and miming.

Rasmus
Rasmus
1 year ago
Reply to  Andy

yeah dana mimed it all

Kim
Kim
1 year ago
Reply to  Andy

I agree But could that have been a technical delay?

FR fan
FR fan
1 year ago

Didn’t Justin Timberlake also use some prerecorded vocals? If the use of the prerecorded vocals os the same here, and she actually sings all along while takinf some liberties in her interpretation, then there shouldn’t be controversy. But if she relies totally on playback then… well, it’s a huge disappointment. But not a surprise unfortunately

Tim
Tim
1 year ago

Woah BIG shock!

Vlad
Vlad
1 year ago

They should’ve invited Gaga.

Sheldon
Sheldon
1 year ago
Reply to  Vlad

They couldn’t afford it due to finance.