Madge was the guest of honour at the event in Tel Aviv, performing her classic hit Like A Prayer and new single Future during the interval.
The Queen of Pop managed to stay upright, even though she was wearing a cape (of sorts) and had rather a lot of stairs to tackle, but many viewers couldn’t help but notice her vocals were a little… off.
Despite her pitching issues, it was still a thrill to have one of the world’s biggest stars performing on the same stage as an Icelandic BDSM group and an Australian lady swinging about on top of a bendy pole dressed as Anna from Frozen.
Fast forward a few days and Madonna’s performance has been uploaded to her official YouTube channel and, let’s just say her vocals sound a lot more polished.
Maybe we’d all had a little too much wine by that point of the evening? Or maybe, just maybe, some technical wizardry had been applied to the recording prior to it being uploaded to YouTube? Maybe.
Let’s contrast and compare.
Here’s the original recording…
And here’s the version on Madonna’s official YouTube page…
And we’re not the only ones who spotted the difference...
Omg Madonna rlly edited her vocals of her last performance and hoped no one would notice pic.twitter.com/7uF5PNn5BL— Heavy On It Sleeze 🗣 (@NICKIFUCKINGMI2) May 19, 2019
Madonna correcting her Eurovision vocals before she uploaded the performance to her YouTube channel is very “edit button Twitter”. But amazing.— Justin Myers (@theguyliner) May 19, 2019
mADONNA FUCKING EDITED HER EUROVISION PREFORMANCE SO THAT SHE WOULD SOUND GOOD ☠️☠️☠️☠️☠️☠️☠️☠️☠️☠️☠️☠️☠️☠️☠️☠️☠️☠️☠️☠️https://t.co/XfUnXDBgug— ESCViking | 🇲🇰🇦🇺 (@ESCViking) May 20, 2019
Sound was manipulated for youtube!!! 🤣 #eurovision # madonna she must think she can fool us.— Solutions needed (@tmpfofficial) May 20, 2019
Madonna has uploaded her own Eurovision performance to YouTube, which sounds considerably more in tune than it did on Saturday night...https://t.co/63tKUp4FPc— Steven McIntosh (@steviefm) May 20, 2019
So let's just talk about how uncomfortable the performance by Madonna was at the Eurovision Song Contest on Saturday and also how the Vevo version on YouTube has been altered to be in tune. Both are available so what is the point?— Suzannah Pearce (@digimushroom) May 20, 2019
Before she’d even arrived in Tel Aviv, Madonna had already come under fire for agreeing to perform at Eurovision, with some claiming she should not have signed up to the slot given the current political situation between Israel and Palestine.
However, she used the performance to make a huge statement, ending it by showing two dancers wearing Israel and Palestine flags walking with their arms around each other into the distance.
The words “Wake Up” then appeared on the screen behind her.
Madonna closes her #Eurovision performance of "Future" with a political statement.— David Friend (@dfriend) May 18, 2019
Two dancers wearing Israel and Palestine flags walk with their arms around each other into the distance. pic.twitter.com/3Uy3BAHVa3
Madonna previously brushed off the controversy surrounding her performance, telling Reuters: “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.
“My heart breaks every time I hear about the innocent lives that are lost in this region and the violence that is so often perpetuated to suit the political goals of people who benefit from this ancient conflict.
“I hope and pray that we will soon break free from this terrible cycle of destruction and create a new path towards peace,” she added.