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” list. And now YNet is reporting that model and socialite Bar Refaeli will host the Eurovision Song Contest 2019 alongside TV and radio personality Erez Tal.
The newspaper points out that KAN’s choice is not yet public and confirmed, as it is “subject to the approval of the European Broadcasting Union, the EBU, and then to the contractual agreements with the two”.
Who are the Eurovision 2019 hosts?
If you’re a member of any Israeli fan groups on Facebook — and you better believe that we are! — you’ll have seen her name mentioned for months. And for good reason. She’s got the charisma, uniqueness, nerve and talent to carry the show — and presents a very pretty face for Israel.
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, as seen on the cover of the 2009 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, and in advertising campaigns for Chanel, Escada, Victoria’s Secret, Reebok and more.
She’s among a handful of Israel celebrities who regularly appears in Western media outlets. 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.”
Most importantly, Bar is the host of Israel’s X Factor. She has song contest experience and knows the many pitfalls that can occur — with contestants and with the production teams that surround them — so can guide us through proceedings smoothly.
Erez Tal, 57, is one of Israel’s most successful TV and radio hosts. He’s hosted an endless number of TV shows in recent decades and has huge experience guiding live TV shows, which made him the leading male candidate on KAN’s wishlist for Eurovision.
Another reason he is one of the leading candidates is his role in Eurovision 2018 — he was a commentator and received incredibly positive feedback after the broadcast.
You can’t deny his enthusiasm for ESC. Following Netta’s recent Eurovision victory, he is the one who called on Israelis to “forget about work” and to go to Rabin Square to celebrate the nation’s fourth win…just as they did when Dana International won in 1998.
Beyond the two principle hosts, there’s also a third name in the mix: Lucy Ayoub,
The report says she’s in line to host the green room.
Lucy, 26, is KAN’s TV and radio presenter, and you may remember that she gave Israel’s jury points during Eurovision 2018.
Are you excited about KAN’s potential hosts? Do you think the duo (and trio) will have the right chemistry needed to keep viewers’ interest? Let us know down below!