As you know, we are hosting this year’s Eurovision, thanks to Netta’s heroics last year.
The first semi final took place a few days ago – you can watch it here if you haven’t already:
Tonight is the second semi final and the finals take place Saturday night.
So far, I have been really impressed with the production, which includes those amazing “postcards” between the performances. In fact, I’d dare say they are better than most of the acts themselves.
The hosts have been solid, and clearly, the organizers went for a diverse bunch: Bar Refaeli, the internationally famous model; Erez Tal, the funny Israeli; Assi Azar, the gay Israeli; and the delightful Lucy Ayoub, who is part Israeli Arab, part Jewish. Of course, they all bring to the table more than what I just described.
However, I believe the organizers had a huge opportunity to include someone else as host.
Former Miss Iraq Sarah Idan.
As you know, Sarah is a symbol of coexistence and bravery. She has put everything on the line to promote coexistence and speak out for what is right.
Not surprisingly, it is coming at a huge personal cost.
Amount of hatred, death & rape threats I receive is sickening. All because I expressed a desire for peace & denounced Hamas. كمية الكره التي وصلتني خلال ٢٤ ساعة الماضية و الوعود بالقتل و الاغتصاب! هي إثبات ان هذه النماذج تدعي الاسلام و لا تعرف الله و لا تعرف معنى الحرية. #مرضى
— Sarai (Sarah Idan) Miss Iraq (@RealSarahIdan) May 14, 2019
What a great gesture it would have been for Israel to have hired her as a presenter for Eurovision, given the unity theme of the competition.
It doesn’t hurt that Sarah has hosting experience – she until recently hosted a show called Hollywood With Sarah Idan
This week on #HollywoodWithSarahIdan:-Meet the stars of #Aladdin-We'll talk about the return of #Pokemania-John Wick is back! Will #JohnWick3 be the best chapter yet?-We'll take a look at movies due for release in MayWatch on Sat | 2030 IST and Sun | 1930 IST @Sarah Idan سارة عيدان
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Sarah is also very much into music.
I used to play this Muse song & think wow, brilliant lyrics. Today I heard it & thought wow, Islamists… pic.twitter.com/o38KdWtFL3
— Sarai (Sarah Idan) Miss Iraq (@RealSarahIdan) May 16, 2019
I guess it is too late to do anything about this now, and I certainly do not mean to rain on the Eurovision parade with this post. But perhaps there will be future opportunities to consider my suggestion.