Many international stars have found their way to the Eurovision stage over recent years — Justin Timberlake in 2016 and then Madonna in 2019. And now new rumours sparked on social media have suggested that Lady Gaga will perform at Eurovision 2021 in Rotterdam.
Well sorry guys: The bubble has already been burst. According to song contest organisers, the “Rain On Me” singer will not make her Eurovision debut this year.
Lady Gaga at Eurovision 2021? Organisers respond to rumours
On Saturday 24 April, Twitter went into a frenzy when rumours began circulating that international superstar and pop legend Lady Gaga would perform as an interval act during the Eurovision 2021 grand final.
But organisers were quick to respond. Sietse Bakker, Executive Supervisor of the Eurovision Song Contest 2021, shut down the rumours of Lady Gaga’s appearance. “Not that we know of”, he wrote in response to wiwiblogger Esma, who asked aloud whether Miss Gaga would be involved in Eurovision.
Not that we know of.
— Sietse Bakker (@SietseBakker) April 24, 2021
How did the rumours start?
The rumours began to swirl on social media when eagle-eyed fans noticed an interesting date on the New Yorker’s tour schedule. According to Google, the Chromatica songstress is set to perform at the Rotterdam Ahoy on Saturday 22 May 2021. As it happens, that’s the same date as the Eurovision 2021 grand final.
— ?? GAGAFLIX ?? (@Gagaflix) April 24, 2021
The exact source of this information is unknown. Some fans have suggested this could be a rescheduling error, after many of Gaga’s Chromatica Ball tour dates were postponed in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. However, Google is known to auto-generate information from many sources, so this cannot be trusted as legitimate until confirmed by organisers.
But with Sietse’s tweet, that doesn’t look set to happen any time soon.
With the Eurovision 2021 interval already jam-packed with performances from Eurovision alumni and local Dutch talent, it seems unlikely that any extra big names will be added to the billing. Additionally, ongoing coronavirus restrictions limit the American star’s European travel options.
This isn’t the first time Lady Gaga has been rumoured to perform at Eurovision. In 2017, reports suggested that show organisers approached Lady Gaga to perform at Eurovision in Kyiv, Ukraine. But they supposedly cancelled her appearance after learning the “Born This Way” hitmaker required a 100,000-200,000 US dollar rider to confirm the booking.
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