After a couple of years when Eurovision producers decided to serve us only one gender at a time, Israel has decided to mix things up. Yup, that’s two men and two women ready to slay across gender lines. We know that because today KAN revealed the Eurovision 2019 hosts. They are supermodel and presenter Bar Refaeli, TV and radio personality Erez Tal, TV-host Assi Azar and KAN’s radio and TV presenter Lucy Ayoub.
Who are the Eurovision 2019 hosts?
The names may sound familiar. In our previous posts looking at the leading candidates to host Eurovision 2019 we mentioned each of them. But now it’s time for the official introduction. Each host has a different character. But guess what? They’re all Israelis and, obviously, they’re all experienced TV personalities.
Bar Refaeli and Erez Tal will be the main hosts of the show, while Assi Azar and Lucy Ayoub will be the Green Room hosts. The Green Room will be next door in a separate hall, a few steps away from the main hall. It’d be a bit of a trek to run from the main stage to the auxiliary building, so having two teams makes sense. Let’s get to know our hosts a little better.
The 33-year-old beauty is an Israeli supermodel, television host, actress, and businesswoman. 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.
With her stunning look and amazing businesses success, you won’t be shocked to hear about her new businesses partner — Kim Kardashian.
Bar is used to the English language, as she has appeared on many TV shows abroad and her English is great. But most importantly, Bar is the host of Israel’s X Factor. She has song contest experience as well as live-TV experience, and she 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 is all about experience. He is one of Israel’s most successful TV and radio hosts. He has 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. He’s kind, friendly, funny and he knows both English and French really well. You say wiwi, he says oui oui!
Another reason he is one of the leading candidates is because of 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.
Assi, 39, is one of Israel’s most famous publicly gay TV hosts. He has been hosting TV shows since 2004, but his big breakthrough happened between 2008-2015, when he co-hosted the Israeli version of Big Brother with Erez Tal. That chemistry with Erez might have helped him during his auditions, as the dynamics between all of the hosts were tested.
Assi is also a script writer, he wrote a very successful romantic comedy called Lehiyot Ita (In English it’s called Beauty and the Baker). The series was sold to the UK’s Channel 4, as well as Amazon (and is also available on Netflix). He also filmed a few movies regarding his gay life and his coming out process with his parents.
Over the last six years he has hosted countless TV and radio shows including The Next Star, Israel’s national selection for Eurovision. He also hosted the first season in 2013-2014, when the show had no connection to Eurovision. He is a known LGBTQ activist and in 2016 he married his Catalan boyfriend Albert Escola.
Lucy, 26, is an Arab-Israeli poet as well as KAN’s TV and radio presenter, who presented Israel’s jury points during Eurovision 2018. She is the “fresh face” and the youngest among the four hosts of Eurovision 2019.
She has worked at KAN for the last two years and has hosted many cultural shows. You can also find many short videos that she has done for the digital department of KAN on their YouTube channel.
She lives with her partner in Tel Aviv, where she studies philosophy, economics, political science and law.
KAN has great faith in Lucy, as she has been one of the names that on their wishlist right from the beginning. She has great English and is very pleasant — just what a Green Room host should be.
Are you excited about the hosts of Eurovision 2019? Who is your favourite and who do you think will be the best one? Tell us in the comment section below!