Assi Azar

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Assi Azar
Assi Azar.jpg
Azar in 2008
Born (1979-06-10) 10 June 1979 (age 40)
Holon, Israel
OccupationTelevision presenter
Years active2004–present
Known forHosting Big Brother - Israel and The Next Star
Albert Escolà Benet (m. 2016)

Assi Azar (Hebrew: אסי עזר; born 10 June 1979) is an Israeli television host. He co-hosted Big Brother - Israel with Erez Tal until 2015 and The Next Star with Rotem Sela. He is also the creator of the romantic comedy TV series, Beauty and the Baker. Azar co-hosted the Eurovision Song Contest 2019 in Tel Aviv. Azar is an LGBT rights advocate. In 2009, he was listed among the most 100 influential gay people in the world by OUT Magazine.[1]

Early life[edit]

Azar was born in Holon, Israel.[2] He is of Bukharan-Jewish and Yemenite-Jewish descent.[3] In 2005, Azar came out as gay.[4][1] Shortly after, he began to create the documentary film,[1] Mom and Dad: I Have Something to Tell You.

Television career[edit]

His first program was online TV show KIK. In 2004–2005 Assi co-hosted TV youth show Exit.[2] Later he participated in the programs The Show, Good Evening with Guy Pines and The Champion: Locker Room, as well as the satirical programs Trapped 24 and Talk to My Agent.

On 25 January 2019, it was announced that Azar would host the Eurovision Song Contest 2019 in Tel Aviv alongside Lucy Ayoub, Erez Tal and Bar Refaeli.[5] It was reported that Tal and Refaeli would be the main hosts, while Azar and Ayoub would host the green room.[6] On 28 January, Azar and Ayoub hosted the contest's semi-final allocation draw at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art.[7]

Personal life[edit]

On 11 April 2016, Azar married his Catalan boyfriend Albert Escolà Benet at a ceremony in Barcelona.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "ASSI AZAR: Israeli TV personality and gay rights advocate". Cornell University. Spring 2015. Retrieved 24 June 2015.
  2. ^ a b Azar on (in Hebrew)
  3. ^ "Assi Azar [TV Host] - AWiderBridge". Retrieved 28 January 2019.
  4. ^ "Assi Azar comes out", ynet, March 31, 2005. (in Hebrew)
  5. ^ Zwart, Josianne. "Bar Refaeli, Erez Tal, Assi Azar & Lucy Ayoub to host Eurovision 2019!". Retrieved 25 January 2019.
  6. ^ "Meet the Eurovision 2019 hosts: Bar Refaeli, Erez Tal, Assi Azar and Lucy Ayoub". 25 January 2019. Retrieved 26 January 2019.
  7. ^ Groot, Evert (26 January 2019). "Semi-Final Allocation Draw pots revealed!". Eurovision Song Contest. Retrieved 26 January 2019.

External links[edit]

Media related to Assi Azar at Wikimedia Commons

Preceded by
Portugal Sílvia Alberto, Daniela Ruah, Catarina Furtado and Filomena Cautela
Eurovision Song Contest presenter
(with Erez Tal, Bar Refaeli and Lucy Ayoub)

Succeeded by
Netherlands Edsilia Rombley, Chantal Janzen and Jan Smit