As with the the race for host city, the race to become the host of Eurovision 2019 seems endless and filled with constant speculation and rumours about the potential candidates.
But as November approaches, Israeli media — including Mako — is reporting that KAN and the EBU have shortlisted four candidates — three of which had already been tipped, as we reported last month. Those three are Eurovision alum and Broadway star Shiri Maimon, and well-known TV hosts Erez Tal and Lucy Ayub.
There is, however, a new candidate who has joined the race and who has not been mentioned previously. His name is Lior Suchard, 37, and he’s an international mentalist and supernatural entertainer.
Yes, you heard that right. Suschard started his career in Israel after he won the show The Successor (aka The Next Uri Geller – a tribute to the famous Israeli illusionist and mentalist). Since The Successor, Suchard has been travelling the world with his highly successful show ‘Supernatural Entertainment’ where he performs extraordinary displays of telepathy and telekinesis. Some of his “subjects” have included international celebrities Kim Kardashian, Zac Efron and Jeniffer Lopez. As with Daniela Ruah last year, this potential Eurovision host is well-established in the United States.
Watch Lior Suchard amaze Kim Kardashian
Suchard is also a TV personality and a businessman who has been providing services to international companies as an “infotainer” in order to promote their brands and products.
Last January, he was a guest at an event for foreign press in Jerusalem which was organized by the government. During the event, he was asked by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to guess what he had written on a folded piece of paper, but failed to do so, apparently because Netanyahu “tricked” him while he was distracted for a moment.
We are wondering how his skills will be used during the show. Perhaps he will be reading the artists’ minds while they are waiting to hear their destiny in the green room? Or perhaps he’ll predict the votes before the juries announce them? That could be interesting…
The auditions for the hosting gig — or gigs? — will be held next month, after which a final announcement will be made. Are we going to have four hosts again? Or will they shorten the list even further?
We’ve contacted KAN’s spokesperson, Gili Shem Tov, who has denied the reports.
What do you think about the potential hosts? Do you think Lior Suschard is a good candidate? Do you have any suggestions for his performance? Let us know down below!