Israel’s Missed Opportunity with Eurovision


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.

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

Sarah is also very much into music.

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.

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An Aussie immigrant to Israel, David Lange is founder and managing editor of Israellycool. He is a happy family man, and a lover of steak, Australian sports and single malt whisky.