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The Schmooze

Gal Gadot Nixes Eurovision Gig

Ah, Eurovision. Or as I like to call it, the last bastion of international camp and kitsch. It’s a song contest, in which different countries of the world submit original songs to compete. These one hit wonder songs capture something of our time, something to which we cannot put a name to, a spirit of communal international ridiculousness that we thought globalism had destroyed. It’s also how Celine Dion entered the public eye.

The 2019 Eurovision Song Competition will be held in Israel, so who better to host it than Israel’s most recognizable celebrity? But Gal Gadot turned down the invitation, claiming scheduling conflicts. “She would have been happy to host and to take part in the Eurovision contest but unfortunately, due to scheduling and prior commitments it will not be possible,” Gadot’s PR folks told Hadashot news.

As per official Eurovision rules, the winner of the contest will host next year’s extravaganza in their home country. In 2018, Netta Barzilai won for Israel with the iconic song “Toy,” which also claims the dubious title of being the most watched Eurovision music video on YouTube.

In fact, in the prechorus of the song, Barzilai sings “Wonder Woman don’t you ever forget/You’re divine and he’s about to regret…” referencing the character behind Gadot’s meteoric rise to fame.

Does Gadot think she is too A-list to host the greatest event of modern times? Gal, it is time for a rethink!

[Shira Feder writes. She’s at feder@forward.com

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