Madonna was briefly prevented from entering the venue for the Eurovision Song Contest in Israel for a rehearsal because she hasn’t yet signed a contract to appear on the show, according to reports.
Madonna and her entourage tried to enter the arena in Tel Aviv to rehearse her performance scheduled for Saturday’s final of the international song competition.
Eurovision executive supervisor Jon Ola Sand ordered that the star be denied access because of the unsigned paperwork.
A local TV show reported that the 60-year-old singer was squabbling with the European Broadcasting Union, which runs the contest, over anti-Christian imagery in her 1989 hit “Like A Prayer,” one of the songs she plans to perform.
Eventually, an agreement was reached with the European Broadcasting Union and Madonna was allowed inside.
Sand had similarly instructed that she not be granted access to the site in the coastal city but relented after the singer’s team threatened that she would cancel her performance.
Madonna arrived in Israel on Tuesday night, defying calls by pro-Palestinian activists for her to boycott the event, which Israel is hosting this year.
In a statement before her trip, Madonna said she was determined to perform despite the boycott calls.
“I’ll never stop playing music to suit someone’s political agenda nor will I stop speaking out against violations of human rights wherever in the world they may be,” she said in a statement.
By Damilola Faustino
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