Israeli newspaper Haaretz have confirmed that American super star Madonna will perform during the Grand Final of the Eurovision Song Contest next month. They base their confirmation on an undisclosed EBU statement.
Madonna and Eurovision
60 year old legendary performer Madonna will reportedly perform as part of the interval act in Tel Aviv. Haaretz broke the news earlier today and have, according to their article, sought confirmation from the European Broadcasting Union, which they received later today.
Rumours of Madonna appearing at the contest don’t just stem from 2019 only. As the American superstar now lives in Lisbon, fans were hoping to see her appearance in Portugal last year as well. However, for this year Canadian-Israeli billionaire Sylvan Adams set his eyes on getting her to the contest in Tel Aviv.
The gig will reportedly cost Adams over $1 million. The entrepreneur is also known for bringing the cycling event Giro D’Italia to Israel in 2018.
A long process
Back in February, reports already suggested that Madonna was likely to accept the deal offered to her by the organisers of the Eurovision Song Contest and Sylvan Adams.
America’s favourite first rose to fame in the early 1980s. She scored worldwide hits with songs such as “Like A Virgin”, “Frozen” and “Hung Up”, which sampled ABBA’s “Gimme Gimme Gimme”. Her last major hit dates back to 2012 when she sang “Give Me All Your Luvin'” alongside Nicki Minaj and M.I.A.
According to the Haaretz report, Madonna is set to perform two songs on 18th May in Tel Aviv. She will follow in Justin Timberlake’s footsteps, as he featured as the interval act back in 2016 in Stockholm. On her journey to Tel Aviv, an entourage of around 160 people is expected to accompany Madonna.
This weekend, Dana International also confirmed her involvement in the Grand Final of the Eurovision Song Contest. We eagerly await confirmation of both ladies’ roles during the show.