ISRAEL – Madonna began rehearsing for the Eurovision Song Contest in Tel Aviv on Wednesday – despite not yet signing a contract to appear at the show. The singer posted a few short clips to her Instagram page and story on Wednesday showing her preparing for the show.
The singer landed late Tuesday night in Tel Aviv aboard the private jet of Israeli-Canadian billionaire Sylvan Adams. Adams is the man who is funding Madonna’s appearance at the song competition.
A spokeswoman for KAN told The Jerusalem Post on Wednesday that Madonna began rehearsals despite having not signed on the dotted line. “She hasn’t signed yet, we hope that tonight they will make progress,” she said Wednesday afternoon.
Madonna is slated to perform at the grand finale of the Eurovision this Saturday night. Israeli media reports indicated that she will not appear at the two ticketed rehearsal shows on Friday evening at Saturday afternoon, unlike the rest of the performers in the finale.
At a press conference on Monday, Eurovision executive supervisor Jon Ola Sand said without a contract, Madonna would not be able to perform. “If we do not have a signed contract she cannot perform on our stage,” he said. “We are in a situation now that is a bit strange. 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.”
Head of Production Ola Melzig has confirmed to Expressen that the performance will take place however, and stated that:
“There are two songs, one old and one new. It will be very cool and very big”.