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Madonna's Eurovision performance is in doubt, say organisers

The iconic singer is due to perform during the competition's grand final on Saturday 18th May, but she's yet to sign a contract

Published: Tuesday, 14th May 2019 at 10:02 am

Musical icon Madonna is due to take to the stage at the Eurovision Song Contest Grand Final in Tel Aviv on Saturday 18th May, but show organisers have now cast doubt over the performance, revealing she's yet to sign a contract.


Eurovision's executive supervisor, Jon Ola Sand, said: "The European Broadcasting Union has never confirmed Madonna as an act."

He added: "If we do not have a signed contract she cannot perform on our stage."

Sand told press on Monday that the contract issues could potentially preclude Madonna's involvement in this year's show.

"We are in a situation now that is a bit strange," Sand said. "We have an artist who would like to participate in the Eurovision Song Contest, and who we would love to welcome on that stage. But for that we need to have the framework secured.

"We are negotiating now, in the final stage of that – but if there is no signed contract this week, she will not be on the stage."

Madonna's appearance at the contest was announced by her team back in April, with the singer set to perform two songs during the interval – one from her new album, Madame X, and another from her stable of hits.

Past performers at Eurovision have included Justin Timberlake, Riverdance and The Wombles.

2018 winner Netta is due to take to the stage during the first semi-final on Tuesday 14th May.


The Eurovision Song Contest Grand Final takes place in Tel Aviv, Israel, on 18th May 2019

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