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.