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Ania Bukstein approached to host Eurovision 2019?

According to Israeli news site Maariv, the Russian-Israeli actress is among the names KAN have approached. This comes as the confirmed set of hosts is due to be announced later this month.

As soon as Tel Aviv was announced as the host city for Eurovision 2019, a number of potential hosts have emerged in the Israeli media. Wonder Woman actress Gal Gadot was once a hot favourite for the job, however, these rumours were quashed due to scheduling conflicts. Back in September reported that TV presenters Erez Tal and Assi Azar were names that popped up frequently in local media circles. Erez was the commentator for the contest in 2018 and Assi had allegedly had ‘secret meetings’ with KAN back in the summer. 

Shortly after, a new crop of rumoured potential hosts emerged. Among these were Eurovision 2005 finalist Shiri Maimon and Lucy Ayoub, who announced Israel’s points in Lisbon. With the announcement of the hosts due to take place this month, we have a new name – Ania Bukstein.

Who is Ania Bukstein?

On paper, Ania Bukstein is the perfect host for an international contest. She was born in Moscow and later moved to Israel at the age of 8, where she has built her career. Bukstein is multi-talented, with experience in film, TV, theatre and music. If that wasn’t enough, she is also multi-lingual; she speaks Russian, Hebrew, French and English. Her biggest international role to date was playing Kinvara in the sixth series of HBO’s Game of Thrones.

According to Maariv, Bukstein is one of a number of potential hosts who KAN approached to take part in auditions. The audition process is currently ongoing with the final announcement due by the end of the month.

As an actress, she would be no stranger to learning a script and building rapport with others. When the contest was held earlier this year in Lisbon, all four of the hosts had previous acting experience. 

Key dates for Tel Aviv 2019

Back in September, we published a rough outline of the key dates between now and the contest next year:

  • Late November: Announcement of the hosts
  • December: Sale of the first batch of tickets begins.
  • February: Selection of the Israeli representative and song.
  • Late March/April: Stage construction and first rehearsals, postcard filming in Israel.
  • April/May: Arrival of delegations in Israel.
  • 9th May: Opening of the Eurovision Village
  • 14th May: Semi-final 1
  • 16th May: Semi-final 2
  • 18th May: Grand Final

Who would you like to see host the Eurovision Song Contest 2019 in Tel Aviv, Israel next May? Do you think Ania would make a good host? Let us know below! Be sure to follow @ESCXTRA on Twitter and like our Facebook page.

Costa Christou

Ever since I saw Helena Paparizou's triumph at Eurovision in 2005 (at the tender age of 6), I have been crazy about Eurovision. From the regional native language bops and shrieky female-led balladry to the sophisticated avant garde pop songs and chart-friendly EDM, I love everything about this cultural phenomenon. I'm currently working as a Delivery Manager in a software development team.

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