Gadot’s close associates said that the chances of her accepting the offer are low because of her tight schedule.
Gal Gadot speaking at San Diego ComiCon. Flickr.
Israeli Hollywood movie star Gal Gadot has received an official offer to host next year’s Eurovision Song Contest in Jerusalem. According to Hadashot news, close associates of the famous actress confirmed that she was approached about being the host but that she would likely not be able to accept the offer due to her tight schedule.
Two weeks ago, Israel’s Netta Barzilai won the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest. After her performance during the finals in Lisbon, Portugal, Barzilai received a total of 529 points, defeating representatives from 25 other countries. This was Israel’s fourth win since 1978.
While Barzilai received only 212 points from the final jury votes—putting her in third place—the televoters showed their love for the 25-year-old singer from Hod HaSharon, giving her 317 points. Barzilai performed her hit song “Toy” after most of the other countries, going on stage as No. 22 out of 26 singers.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke with Barzilai moments after her win. “Netta, you’re wonderful,” he told the singer. “You’re Israel’s best ambassador.” Israeli President Reuven Rivlin tweeted: “We are proud of you, dear Netta. We are waiting for everyone next year in Jerusalem!” Before the finals began, Rivlin spoke with Israel’s representative over the phone. “I wanted to talk to you before everything begins to tell you how proud we are of you—it doesn’t matter what the results will be this evening,” he told her.
Israelis celebrated Barzilai’s win by flooding the streets of main cities. After she returned to Israel, Barzilai held a special concert in Tel Aviv to celebrate her win.
Immediately following Israel’s victory, a public debate on the location of next year’s competition began. Israel previously hosted the international competition in the Jerusalem International Convention Center. However, the hall is old-fashioned and no longer capable of meeting the high expectations of the Eurovision Song Contest fans.