The unofficial King of this year’s contest, Bilal Hassani has arrived in Israel to shoot his postcard. And although we would expect kings to travel with prestigious air companies, the “Roi” hitmaker decided to be more prince of the people by traveling from Paris to Tel Aviv via EasyJet. Orange is the new black, right?

He has, however, found another way to live up to his royal billing. During the trip, he took on the role of chief purser and entertained both the travellers and crew with a mini-cabaret show to flaunt his undeniable charisma and talent.

The Israeli media has been quite intrigued by Hassani since he won the Destination Eurovision last month. After all, he’s a Muslim gay who happens to be representing France in Israel – a country which is being often accused of breaching human rights in the Palestinian territories.

Drawing on all of that, the local media have turned him into a symbol of what Eurovision should stand for: an international song contest built on the exchange of cultures where politics is put to the side.

Last month, Bilal gave an interview to Israel’s biggest TV channel Keshet (Channel 12) and spoke about his dream to come to Tel Aviv and to participate in the contest. But he also addressed the various threats he received after he won Destination Eurovision. Activists called on him not to travel to Israel.

It is a lot for anyone to take — especially one as young as Bilal. So Assi Azar, one of this year’s hosts, chimed in to express his sympathy via Twitter.

Bilal’s arrival in Israel was covered again by Channel 12. The timing of this may not be coincidental. Last week, it was reported that France Télévisions had threatened to boycott the contest in Tel Aviv due to KAN’s plans to screen a comedy series featuring a French Muslim singer who is involved with a terrorist plot at Eurovision. The character TJ has a strong resemblance to Bilal. This was later denied by the French broadcaster, which said it has no such plans.

What do you think about Bilal’s show? What do you think of all the attention Bilal is getting in Israel? Let us know down below. 

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Steven

That’s a cute song!!! What is the name of it? Is it by him????

ESCalator
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ESCalator

I have a feeling he might win the whole thing….
Obviously, not based on the voice and song, but everything else.

JusticeForMaruv
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JusticeForMaruv

I thought it was Dana International at a first glance.

Fun or ban?
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Fun or ban?

Low cost flight for a low priced ticket. I like Bilal as character, his song is good, but his voice is not for my ears, sorry. Anyway, good luck, and keep up your standards, u deserve the best! x

jonas j
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jonas j

No thanks!

Mr. Vanilla Bean
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Mr. Vanilla Bean

That’s so cruel. It’s not like the passengers can get out, they are forced to endure this whether they want to or not. I’d demand a refund for my plane ticket. lol

eurovision6
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eurovision6

I would ask an attendant if it is possible to jump out of the plane

Mr. Vanilla Bean
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Mr. Vanilla Bean

I would join you. Dying has got to be better than this.

Skiwalko
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Skiwalko

Chill out man. Just put the headphones on.

ESCFan2009
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ESCFan2009

And if I had to listen to your tasteless jokes for a whole flight, I would immediately jump out – but with a parachute, because love and intelligence will always survive 😛

Mr. Vanilla Bean
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Mr. Vanilla Bean

Well, good luck with that parachute and love and intelligence because I will start telling those jokes to you when we’re flying above the ocean. ?

Jjjjj
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Jjjjj

Last time I checked you don’t have to fly above the ocean to get from France to Tel Aviv

Mr. Vanilla Bean
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Mr. Vanilla Bean

Yes, but I don’t fly on that flight.

Grftn
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Grftn

Also he recorded his postcard today at the Art Museum of Tel Aviv. You can find vids of the dance rehearsals on Bilal or Destination Eurovision’s Twitter accounts 🙂

Envit
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Envit

And also in the Instagram (Especially on Billal’s stories)

Tonton Fée
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Tonton Fée

Excellent !!! Go Bilal ! Go France !

Lolek
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Lolek

Cool! Looks like the passengers enjoyed it! 🙂