She gave an interval performance to remember in Israel.

But true to form Madonna‘s performance at Eurovision 2019 was not without controversy.

And it caught the attention of a local politician in Rotterdam for all the wrong reasons.

Maurice Meeuwissen, chairman of Rotterdam’s political party PVV, announced on Twitter earlier this week that he would propose a ‘Madonna ban’ for Eurovision 2020. A ban which says that Madonna won’t be welcome at Eurovision 2020 in the Netherlands next year. Especially not if the event would take place in Rotterdam.

PVV – Partij voor de Vrijheid or Party for Freedom – is a nationalist, right-wing, populist party in the Netherlands.

The chairman announced on Twitter that the ‘Madonna ban’ would be discussed and voted on during the city council on Tuesday 9th of July.

The Palestinian flags that Madonna used in her performance in Tel Aviv this year were the reason that caused this proposal.

Newspaper ‘Het Parool’ spoke to the Queen of Pop last month, after her Eurovision performance. In this interview she addresses the controversy around her performance in the grand final:

“I was really happy with my performance and I did exactly what I planned to do. I’m proud of the message I conveyed: peace between Palestinians and Israel. That was what I came to do”.

Will we see Madonna at the Eurovision Song Contest in 2020 again? There will be no doubt, the answer is no. She mentioned that she will skip the event this time. She adds: “You don’t need any more trouble”.

After the city council took place, it became clear that Maurice Meeuwissen was the only one who actually voted for his own proposal. The motion was turned down by the majority of votes. Other political parties called the motion “ridiculous”. For the most part, they are looking forward to welcoming Eurovision (and Madonna if she has a change of heart) in Rotterdam.

Whether the contest will be held in Rotterdam or not is still to be decided.

The few cities handed in their bid books earlier this week and they are being discussed right now. Broadcaster NPO announced that from next week on, there will only be two cities left to choose from. Will it be Rotterdam, Utrecht, Arnhem, s-Hertogenbosch or Maastricht? The broadcaster plans to announce the host city next month.

What do you think? Should Madonna be banned from Eurovision next year? Let us know in the comments below!

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Herb405

I truly believe Madonna’s performance vocals were sabataged or tampered with deliberately. If one looks back on her performances, she has never sounded that bad. I doubt she would want to bother coming back to do a Eurovision performance again anyway, she doesn’t need to.

Adam Jones
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Adam Jones

The real reason she should be banned is because she can’t sing live anymore. It was horrendous.

Mauro
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Mauro

Can someone explain me why Madonna’s performance is not on the official DVD?

Ariso Light
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Ariso Light

They cut it out due to her showing the Palestinian flag in her performance.

Kero
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Kero

It’s not just that. Madonna was heavily criticized for her vocal performance. She uploaded a “corrected” version to her own youtube channel. She probably objected the idea of having her show officially documented.

Jonas
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Jonas

I don’t think that’s why. Like with Justin Timberlake, they probably cut it out because they do not have the rights to profit off her music, at least not without giving a cut to her.

Bigger
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Bigger

Could also be because the performance was so bad that her management didn’t want it to “hurt” her so they deleted it. Just like at the official YouTube channel of Eurovision, they replaced her performance (in the full Final video) with an autotuned perfect performance. And of course greed. They didn’t post her performance as a separate video, but they did on Madonna’s channel, because revenue.

Darren
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Darren

Madonna was simply an interval act this year…it changes every year, it’s never the same. So why is this an issue?
I hate when politicians or mainstream musicians think they know what ESC is and protest etc etc when really they actually know nothing.
I’m sure Madonna will be touring her latest album anyway by May of 2020.
HOWEVER! I don’t think Netherlands should get international (American) interval acts. Justin Timberlake and Madonna has been enough. Get someone Dutch.

Jonas
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Jonas

It’s not either/or. They can get somebody Dutch, and an international star. Like the way KAN got an Israeli star and Madonna. One does not exclude the other.

GRAHAM
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GRAHAM

I paid no attention to her performance, so didn’t even notice the flags on their backs.

Leiho
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Leiho

that’s the tea i came for

Yavuz
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Yavuz

Enough is enough really… Madonna has never been known with her perfect voice or high octaves. She is a show girl, a material girl.She was a trendsetter, game changer and fearless one since the very beginning. Even if she goes up there and stand for 10 minutes without singing or speaking we will applause for her. Being Madonna is not easy. Stop crying here and go stream God Control.

Veta
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Veta

Wasn’t Utrecht already out? :-/

Bigger
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Bigger

Not officially yet, but supposedly

Ana
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Ana

Lets take aside the fact that people from the government are dealing with such a BS rather than focusing on something, lets say, important. Do they think that Madonna is some sort of integral part of Eurovision? They think that she just performs every year or something? Why would you want to ban someone that never intended to come anyway? How dumb is that? Almost as dumb as the Irish petition to boycott Eurovision 2019 if it’s held in Jerusalem after Tel Aviv was already announced as a host.

Darren
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Darren

Irish petition was actually to boycott going to Israel regardless of hosting city.
The petition was that we should shouldn’t have even crossed the border to Israel in the first place for the competition.
So not as ‘dumb’ as you might say.

Ana
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Ana

I’m talking about this, and it is as dumb as it can get. It’s actually way dumber that this “Madonna ban”.
https://wiwibloggs.com/2018/11/03/ireland-labour-party-passes-motion-calling-rte-to-boycott-a-jerusalem-hosted-eurovision/

But I guess you guys decided to finish dead last as a protest, then well done.

Darren
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Darren

That’s just 1 person protesting, which brings me to the point about politicians and mainstream entertainers should keep out of ESC when they clearly don’t know anything about it.
I think we came last genuinely because we are cràp at Eurovision, I don’t think it was a protest as such.

Thiago
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Thiago

I’m guessing Rotterdam doesn’t have any real life issues for their government to resolve.

Denis
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Denis

Is this what right wing parties want to deal with when they get power? Focusing on non issues rather than real issues? How was that even up for debatte?

Ariso Light
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Ariso Light

Oh please, this is pathetic. It just goes to show how this party clearly doesn’t actually focus on IMPORTANT issues.

CookyMonzta
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CookyMonzta

Agreed. Relax, R’dam; there is no chance of a Madonna encore. The EBU is not going to tarnish its reputation any further by repeating this farce. Nor will they allow the guy who paid for Madonna’s appearance invite himself into the contest preparation process again by paying for someone else’s appearance.

Lisianthus
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Lisianthus

Why are you giving this far-right extremist attention? The very ineptly named Freedom Party wants to ban everything.

Ritabloggs
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Ritabloggs

Same for the far left in the Netherlands though. Just take a look at amsterdam nowadays.

BadWoolfGirl
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BadWoolfGirl

Wow, what an idiot. Good on the parliament to shut it down.

Bigger
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Bigger

This looks like a scream for attention for that certain politician. Exactly the party (PVV) which always tries to show itself off as the “good guy” with their populistic views (don’t waste money on useless and irrelevant stuff, other politicians!!!!) does exactly this thing which costs valuable time and money. Hilarious, because everyone who watched a bit of ESC19 knew that Madonna was only a once in a lifetime thing, where it was KAN who wanted to bring a celebrity. It’s not a common thing for Eurovision at all, so I don’t know why this was even necessary in the… Read more »

FYROM
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FYROM

This is not funny

Frisian esc
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Frisian esc

This is so cringe. Even for the pvv…

Magpie
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Magpie

Good to hear she isn’t banned, however in spite of this, I do expect the Dutch to pick better and perhaps more suitable artists for their shows.

Eurovision fan
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Eurovision fan

She wouldn’t come again anyway. Many colleagues criticised her cause she will perform on Eurovision in Israel. She was really bad vocally, but she sent a message to world. They paid her to perform but they didn’t paid her to don’t speak truth. Everyone should know what’s happening with Palestine and I don’t think anything bad about it. Wake Up World! Eurovision is not political contest, but the situation was such that Eurovision was a good platform to send important message.

Eurovision fan
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Eurovision fan

you can downvote as much as you want, but that’s true. We shouldn’t ignore it except if you support killing and war and apparently you do

Polegend Godgarina
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ff what a waste of time, it’s not like madonna was going to come back

Fatima
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Fatima

As if … she was never going to be like Mäns and turn up every year!

Polegend Godgarina
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right her salary ain’t based entirely on eurovision like fads’

Agnieszka
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Agnieszka

Did Mans appear in 2018?

Meckie
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Meckie

I think I saw him sitting somewhere in the audience waving a Swedish flag.

Alex
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Alex

@Agnieszka not in the contest but as UK’s You Decide presenter.

Alex
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Alex

Leave Madame X out of ESC. She’s just not that good live.

pepe
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pepe

The only reason these kind of parties do this is to get click bait articles in the press. Maybe the best reaction by the press is to completely ignore these stunts.

Tulia Lover
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Tulia Lover

for once I agree with right wing people, madonna should be banned from any stage with her voice…

Bigger
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Bigger

I absolutely don’t agree with that man’s action. It was already a 100% sure that Madonna would only appear once, and only because it was KAN who wanted it. And she didn’t want to return. So why did they actually waste money and time to vote (literally one person voted in favour, mister himself) for something so ridiculous. I don’t know if it was him or another party members, but they accused Madonna of being antisemitic only because she supported peace between Israel and Palestine. Funny, knowing that Madonna is jewish herself.

Nura
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Nura

She’s not Jewish. Studying celebrity Kabbalah doesn’t make you Jewish any more than getting a Chinese language tattoo makes you Chinese.

Lloyd
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Lloyd

Really? After the shambles of a performance this year (was there any note in tune?) They’d actually consider having her back again. Go back to showing off the countries own talent before asking major stars.

Boohoo
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I can assure you that Madonna won’t be asked back lol

Frisian esc
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Frisian esc

These are politicians with a brain the size of a peanut discussing eurovision. The show producers would in reality never invite her the next year again off course.

INAMOO
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INAMOO

Is he out of touch with what is happening in Eurovision? Madonna is not a staple artist who will sing in the succeeding years. We all know that is reserved for Valentina Monetta.

Claudia
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Claudia

Is more likely for Iceland to send H a t a r i again (or to see them as interval act), than to see the same artist as interval act two years in a row. Nobody would give her 1,3 mil again for two songs. This politician is really silly, I think he doesn’t even know about H a t a r i banner.