Jon Ola Sand, the Executive Supervisor of the Eurovision Song Contest, has confirmed that a contract has not been signed for Madonna to perform at the contest.
Speaking this evening at the EBU and Host Broadcaster press conference, Jon Ola Sand has confirmed that no agreement has been signed between Madonna and the production team. The comments come after Silvan Adams confirmed this afternoon that the singer will be arriving in Tel Aviv on Wednesday, to begin rehearsals for her Eurovision performance.
The Executive Supervisor stated:
The European Broadcasting Union has never confirmed Madonna as an act. We don’t have a signed contract with her team, and if we do not have a signed contract she cannot perform on our stage
Mr Sand added:
People have spoken on behalf of the EBU, for many months now, without it being authorized … We are in a situation now that is a bit strange. We have an artist who would like to participate, and who we would love to welcome there, but we have not signed a contract.
Walla reported earlier today that the performance that Madonna wishes to give in Tel Aviv is far more technical than first anticipated. As a result her fee for appearing has gone from $1.35 million to $1.8 million.
Complications have also arisen around copyright and the songs that the singer wishes to perform. The report adds that Madonna wanted to change her performance from “Like a Prayer” and a song from her new album, to two songs off of her new album. Sources speaking to Walla state that the singer and her management appear to have backed down from removing “Like a Prayer” from her performance. A source speaking to Walla said:
Madonna is expected to come with her own lighting and her own director, and this could significantly harm all our preparations for the Eurovision, in terms of rehearsals, lighting locations, cameras and more, because it comes with its own team that has its own requirements. It is irresponsibly problematic. If she finally arrives, I think Madonna’s visit is going to be the biggest mess ever. It’s going to be a nightmare I’ve produced.
Source: Jerusalem Post