TIMES OF ISRAEL REPORTS / ISRAEL – Pop superstar Madonna was said to have been briefly prevented from entering the venue for the Eurovision Song Contest Thursday morning, where she was to rehearse her planned performance during the weekend final, because she has yet to sign the contract for her appearance.
Eurovision’s executive supervisor Jon Ola Sand initially ordered that the singer not be granted access due to the unsigned paperwork, Channel 12 television news reported.
However, an understanding was later reached with the European Broadcasting Union, which runs the contest, and Madonna was granted entry to the Expo Tel Aviv venue, the report said.
On Wednesday, Sand had similarly instructed that Madonna not be granted access to the Eurovision site in Tel Aviv but relented after the singer’s team threatened that she would cancel her performance, the report said. The singer eventually spent two hours rehearsing her act, which is expected to feature three songs.
Madonna landed in Tel Aviv Tuesday night, defying calls by pro-Palestinian activists for her to boycott the international song competition hosted by Israel. In a statement ahead of her trip, Madonna said she was determined to perform at the Eurovision finals despite the boycott calls.
Israeli media NOW 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.