Back in May she hit the stage during the grand final. And while Madonna‘s Eurovision performance received mixed reviews, it still was the moment everyone was talking about. But now Israel’s broadcaster KAN is suing Madonna’s concert promotor Live Nation over an alleged breach of their agreement.
While controversy surrounding the vocal quality of Madonna’s performance and her decision to include two dancers wearing the Israel and Palestine flags, the legal action relates to who was supposed to have paid for some of the staging costs.
Israeli broadcaster KAN is suing Live Nation and Live National Israel for 1.375 million shekels (350,200 euros), saying that they violated the terms of their agreement for the Eurovision performance.
According to Variety magazine, KAN is claiming that they provided Madonna’s team with “technical and logistical support that went beyond the Eurovision production”. This included things like “projectors, headphones, additional stage assistants, tents, security and other extra staff.” The broadcaster claims that costs for these were supposed to have been covered by Live Nation, but the concert promotor has not yet paid.
A spokesperson from KAN has confirmed to Variety that the legal action is underway, but no further comment has been made.
Madonna at Eurovision 2019
Madonna’s appearance at Eurovision 2019 was controversial from the very start. Just days ahead of the grand final, Jon Ola Sand confirmed that the EBU had not yet confirmed her performance. It was later revealed that the contract was only agreed upon just two days before the grand final.
The performance itself was full of disappointing moments for fans. Just hours before the grand final show, a supposed feed of her vocal rehearsal was leaked. This raised speculation on whether playback was in the mix.
During the performance itself, fans were disappointed by the quality of Madonna’s vocals, which sounded pitchy throughout. When the performance was later uploaded to Madonna’s YouTube channel, her pitch issues had been digitally smoothed out.
Madonna also caused controversy with her staging, including two dancers wearing jackets with the Israeli flag and Palestinian flag.
But despite all the controversy, Madonna was happy with her Eurovision performance. She told Dutch media, “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.”
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