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
Steven
1 year ago

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

ESCalator
ESCalator
1 year ago

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

JusticeForMaruv
JusticeForMaruv
1 year ago

I thought it was Dana International at a first glance.

Fun or ban?
Fun or ban?
1 year ago

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
jonas j
1 year ago

No thanks!

eurovision6
eurovision6
1 year ago

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

Skiwalko
Skiwalko
1 year ago
Reply to  eurovision6

Chill out man. Just put the headphones on.

ESCFan2009
ESCFan2009
1 year ago
Reply to  eurovision6

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 😛

Jjjjj
Jjjjj
1 year ago
Reply to  ESCFan2009

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

Grftn
Grftn
1 year ago

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
Envit
1 year ago
Reply to  Grftn

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

Tonton Fée
Tonton Fée
1 year ago

Excellent !!! Go Bilal ! Go France !

Lolek
Lolek
1 year ago

Cool! Looks like the passengers enjoyed it! 🙂