Israeli media reports that Madonna has now signed a contract that will allow her to perform as an interval act at the Eurovision 2019 Grand Final.
Walla states that the European Broadcasting Union has now signed an a contract with Madonna, which will allow her to perform in the Grand Final. The report comes after days of speculation regarding whether Madonna would be allowed to perform at the Eurovision Song Contest.
At a press conference earlier this week the Executive Supervisor of the Eurovision Song Contest, Jon Ola Sand 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.
Lots of security has been put in place around Madonna, including the installation of a new warehouse with its own catering and dressing rooms. The singer has brought a 135 person strong team to the Eurovision Song Contest, as well as 30 tonnes of equipment for her performance.
Among the items brought to Israel are 25 professional dancers to accompany the performance of the singer, 40 backing singers , a director, choreographer and animators. For her performance Madonna is reported to have brought additional equipment that needs to be installed on stage.
Srugim states that the singer has brought 70 steps and a special elevator that will be built and integrated in the Eurovision stage. As well as projection equipment, lighting, sound and holograms. An additional compound at the Expo Tel Aviv is being constructed to house the equipment and rehearsal space required for the singer.