ISRAEL – Madonna caused severe problems to Israel which invested 1,2 million USD through private funding in order to give the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest the ultimate prestige. A contest which suffers by the issue with the Palestinians, the failure of ticket sales, the constant complaints of the delegations for the stage presentations and the expensive hotel prices which reduced the arrivals by 50%.
Madonna who arrived in Tel Aviv without having signed a contract (something she did the very last minute) started her rehearsals in a secret place while now she seems to have done the rehearsals indoors Expo Tel Aviv. She changed all organisers’ plans for the lights, effects and LED projections. Few days ago source told the press that Madonna will mess with the contest as she brings her own technical team which will mess with the settings of all Eurovision event.
Today the press accuses the singer of using half play back for her live performance tonight. Last night, the singer arrived for a last rehearsal at the Tel Aviv expo. The production people were asked to leave the hall for fear of leakage of photographs, but it is doubtful whether they imagined that the vocal recordings would be leaked.
“When she did it, they turned off the screens behind the scenes, but the speakers worked and heard everything,” one of the participants said. “She did not stop spoofing shamefully and everyone took out phones to record it.”
In the recordings received, Madonna performs one of her greatest hits, “Like a Prayer,” with inaccuracies, to say the least. It is estimated that the singer, who in most of her performances relies on playback, did not know that her microphone was open and that it was being recorded.
Last Tuesday, after many speculation about the performance and many rumors about its cancellation, the international star landed in Israel on the private plane of philanthropist Silvan Adams, who also financed her appearance at the Eurovision Song Contest in which she is scheduled to perform tonight.