Wonder Woman Gal Gadot has already said she’s too busy to host Eurovision 2019. And now Israeli broadcaster KAN is busy trying to pin down other Israelis who have the charisma, uniqueness, nerve and talent to steer the world’s biggest musical extravaganza.
Y Net, the Israeli newspaper that broke the news about Gal Gadot, has today published what it says is a shortlist of public figures that KAN is keen to approach. Although no formal letters or e-mails have been sent, these are the names being whispered behind closed doors.
Our readers may be familiar with model and socialite Bar Refaeli, who Israeli Eurovision fans have mentioned in many a Facebook group.
She’s considered one of the most successful models ever to come out of Israel, and has graced the cover of the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue and topped Maxim‘s “Hot 100”.
Forbes has estimated her personal wealth at $20 million. The mother of two puts that money to good use, and boy can she turn a look.
So much so that I once had to write a story for the MailOnline entitled “Pregnant Bar Refaeli shows off growing baby bump in skintight maternity wear in stunning Instagram pic.” (LOL).
Most importantly, Bar is the host of Israel’s X Factor, which airs on a rival network. Does her current contract allow her to work for another broadcaster, even if temporarily?
Another internationally known name being considered is Natalie Portman. The Oscar winner — who once dreamt she danced the black swan — was born in Jerusalem, but she grew up in the United States. She came to international fame as Padmé Amidala in the Star Wars franchise before putting her acting career on hold to attend Harvard. Since then she’s gone from strength to strength as the face of the Miss Dior fragrance and the star of films like No Strings Attached, Thor: Dark World and Knight of Cups.
However, and as Y Net admits, it’s a long shot that KAN would actually ask her.
In April she declined to accept the 2018 Genesis Prize, which honours a person who has “attained excellence and international renown in their chosen field” and “embodies the character of the Jewish people.”
Referencing Israeli military violence against Palestinian demonstrators along the Gaza border, she said that “recent events in Israel have been extremely distressing” and that she did “not feel comfortable participating in any public events in Israel.”
The government subsequently accused her of betraying Israel.
Other potential Eurovision 2019 hosts
The other names on the list include a wide range of figures known within Israel. They are: news anchor Geula Even Saar, actress Ayelet Zurer, actress and producer Noa Tishby, model and moderator Galit Gutman, actor and moderator Guy Zuaretz, sensory artist Lior Suchard, television personality Erez Tal, singer Esther Rada, actress Meirav Feldman, and news anchor Romy Neumark and comedian Dudu Erez. Special shout out to one other candidate — Lucy Ayoub, KAN’s TV presenter who gave Israel’s jury points during Eurovision 2018.
What do you think? Do any of these potential hosts float your boat? Is Bar your favourite at the moment? Do you think Natalie would have any interest? Let us know down below.
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