Israeli Newspaper The Jerusalem Post has reported that Jon Ola Sand, the Executive Supervisor of the Eurovision Song Contest, has confirmed that a contract for Madonna to perform this year has NOT been signed.
Speaking this evening at the EBU and Kan Press conference, Ola Sand has confirmed that no agreement has been signed between Madonna and the production team. The comments come after the Israeli Billionaire Sylvan Adams confirmed this afternoon that the singer will be arriving in Tel Aviv on Wednesday to begin rehearsals for her Eurovision performance.
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
Ola 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.
In further developments Israeli website Walla reports that Madonna is now asking for a fee of $1.8 million, up from her original fee of $1 million. The website says this new fee is due to the performance being more technical than first thought.
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.
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