After weeks of negotiations and some late, anxious moments, Madonna is officially locked-in to perform during the Grand Final of the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest this weekend.
“Future,” lifted from Madonna’s forthcoming studio album Madame X, due out June 14, will get its world premiere in Tel Aviv on Saturday night, organizers confirmed.
And for her performance of “Like A Prayer,” the pop superstar will be accompanied by a 35-strong choir.
”We’re very pleased to announce we have finally reached an agreement with Madonna,” comments Jon Ola Sand, executive supervisor of the Eurovision Song Contest, in a video announcement.
It was a close run thing. Earlier this week, organizers said Madonna’s reps had yet to sign a contract, and she could not grace the stage without one.
Madonna’s Eurovision slot was announced April 9, initially by Live Nation Israel and her publicists. More than a month later, Eurovision and its producers, the European Broadcasting Union, made it official on Thursday ahead of the competition’s second semi-final.
“We are pleased to finally confirm that the incomparable music icon Madonna will join us at this year’s Eurovision Song Contest,” comments Sand in a statement. “We know that it will be an evening to remember and can’t wait to share it with everyone watching.”
Madonna’s performance in Tel Aviv will be her third time visiting and performing in Israel, and her first on a Eurovision stage.