Bar Refaeli, the supermodel who has reportedly been chosen by KAN and the EBU as a host of Eurovision 2019, may lose her assumed position over a possible indictment for tax evasion offences.
Refaeli, whose fortune had been estimated by Forbes at $20 million, allegedly told Israeli authorities that she was living in the US when in fact she was living in Israel. It was reportedly to avoid tax payment on her foreign income. She’s also suspected of receiving a luxurious Jeep during one of her campaigns and failing to account for it. Curiously, her “almost” father in law, George DiCaprio, submitted an affidavit for her defence in which he claims that Refaeli was living in the US during the time of the alleged offences.
According to local media, once the news about Refaeli’s potential indictment was published, producers and organisers made behind-the-scenes calls ruling her out as host. As one of her opponents whispered: “She doesn’t deserve to represent the face of our country.” Refaeli has also been a controversial figure in Israel for many years because she failed to complete her military service, which is mandatory in Israel.
KAN responded: “Bar is only a ‘suspected’ host at this point”, a statement which can be understood both as a “potential candidate” and a “real” contender in this context.
About Bar Refaeli
Bar has extensive experience in the public eye and has turned looks 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 appear in Western media outlets.
But 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.
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