Madonna has agreed to appear on the final of ‘The X Factor’ – providing certain conditions are met.
The 56-year-old singer has been urged by the show’s creator Simon Cowell to appear on the last show in the current series in a bid to boost flagging ratings, but a source close to the star insists she will only do so if she has a significant degree of creative control over her own performance.
The source told the Mail on Sunday newspaper: ‘Madonna will have been provisionally booked because the final can be subject to change if an artist doesn’t approve of the finalists – especially if they have agreed to sing with them.’
‘Someone like Madonna will want a lot of creative control over her appearance, but for Simon the ratings will be worth it.’
What’s more, the source revealed that there are certain conditions the ‘Like a Virgin’ singer must adhere to if she is to appear the show, too.
The insider explained: ‘She has been told that her label will be expected to pay for any stage props and backing dancers she brings with her.’
The proposed appearance could help boost sales of Madonna’s next album, which is due to go on sale shortly after the live final.
Meanwhile, another source said: ‘It had been rumoured that Irish rockers U2 were being lined up to take part. But that has not happened and the confusion may have come because they share the same manager, Guy Oseary.’
Sister Cristina (winner of The Voice in Italy) is releasing a cover of Madonna’s Like A virgin as her first single.
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Madonna via Instagram
…during those early Village days, she was invited to the studio by Madonna, along with producer and Cherrytree Records boss Martin Kierszenbaum. (“Madonna’s dancers play my music during her rehearsals and workouts every week,” Kills says, asked how the collaboration came about.) The trio completed eight songs in seven days for the Queen of Pop’s next album. According to Madonna’s Instagram, they also bonded up a storm. “She writes incredible lyrics, sings beautiful melodies, but most of all she is so fucking funny,” Kills says.
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Madonna via Instagram
“On a recent visit to New York, I was sitting in a bar (there’s a surprise) when two charming young men approached me (that was a surprise). When they asked for a photo with me, I got one of my friends to take it and they seemed pleased.
‘I’m so glad you were nice,’ one confided. ‘The last time we were in the city we were walking down Fifth Avenue and we saw Madonna.
‘We got all excited and started to tell her how much we love her. She never slowed down — just turned her head as she passed, flicked her hair, and said, “Hi and bye”.’
Were they really upset? Isn’t that how they wanted their goddess to behave? Surely we want our divas to act like . . . well, divas.
Nobody does that better than Madonna. She may not be God’’s gift to acting, but when it comes to being Madonna she can do it better than anyone else. She is so convinced she is special that we are all swept along by her tsunami of ambition and need.
When So Graham Norton started on Channel 4 in 1998 she was top of my wish-list of guests, but it would be 14 long years before she was finally ready to perch her perfectly toned buttocks on the edge of my red couch.
There were many conditions. It had to be a special. Yes. She wanted to tape it in the afternoon. Yes. She wanted approval over the music. Yes. I wonder how far we would have gone? What demand could have provoked a no? I couldn’t think of one.
A few weeks before the taping I was invited to meet her at a champagne reception at Claridge’s that would be followed by a screening of her directorial debut, W.E. I waited in an ornate room with a mixture of media people and celebrities. Finally the door opened. The eagle had landed. Trying not to stare, we all stared.
“Madonna and I have never heard of Ariel Pink. The label may have reached out but M has no interest in working with mermaids.”
Guy Oseary via Twitter
Madonna gave MNEK a bag of lemons and some throat-soothing tea bags to help him keep his voice in tip-top shape.
The 19-year-old singer/songwriter has teamed up with the music legend on a song for her upcoming new album and admits the 56-year-old star gave him plenty of advice about how to look after his vocal chords.
He exclusively told BANG Showbiz: “She’s really cool. So lovely and very motherly. She gave me a bag full of lemons and Throat Coat tea bags. They’re pretty amazing.”