ISRAEL – With TV video report it is clear now that Israeli organisers are focusing on the hosting job for the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest.
2005 Eurovision entrant Shiri Maimon and co-host of “The Next Star” Rotem Sela did’t make it to the auditions due to time restrictions and local press consider them out of the picture. But it could just be a trick to avoid the cameras outside the audition house and do it later on.
Among the candidates have been such prominent figures as actor and TV host Erez Tal, who is considered a fairly sure candidate, model Bar Refaeli, actresses and singers Ania Bukstein and Noa Tishby, TV hosts Assi Azar, Geula Even, Lucy Ayoub, Romy Neumark, Leon Rosenberg, Liron Weizman, Dana Grotsky, mentalist Lior Suchard, actors and hosts Guy Zoe-Aretz, Yaron Brovinsky, Aki Avni, comedian Nicky Goldstein, who was tested for the role of Green Room host.
Moshe Kepten – artistic director of Habima Theater, who earlier was named by local press as one of the candidates, appeared to be appointed director of the Eurovision Song Contest 2019.
Yuval Cohen, who was Channel 10’s director of programming and development, was recently elected editor-in-chief and director of the entire Eurovision Song Contest (including the events accompanying it), and Kepten will act as his assistant.
Auditions filmed and sent to the EBU for final approval by the Reference Group.
Local press estimate there will be four hosts, two on main stage ad two in the Green Room.