(photo credit: REUTERS/Luke Macgregor)
Ending weeks of speculation, Israeli supermodel Bar Refaeli has been confirmed
as the host of new reality television show The X Factor Israel.
27-year-old supermodel signed a contract with Reshet TV, rumored to be around
NIS 1 million, to host the Israeli version of the popular music contest, made
famous in the UK by Simon Cowell and his unique brand of judging. Refaeli will
be joined by singers Ivri Lider, Moshe Peretz and Rami Fortis, who have all been
confirmed as judges on the show.
While the judges are all household names
in Israel, host Refaeli is accustomed to making headlines abroad as well as in
Back in February, the blonde bombshell featured in one of
the most talked-about commercials of the 2013 Super Bowl, for Internet domain
hosting company GoDaddy. The 30-second clip, entitled “Perfect Match,” featured
Refaeli in an excruciatingly loud make-out session with a plump computer nerd,
as an announcer explained that the company was a perfect combination of sexy and
Refaeli came under fire in December of last year for posting a
photo of herself dressed in a Santa suit on Instagram with the caption “Good
Morning Santa.” Twitter followers berated Refaeli for wearing a Santa suit,
since she is Jewish, even telling her that she is “betraying
While the model received a number of harshlyworded messages
condemning the picture, many of her Instagram followers came to her defense.
“Part of her fans are Christians. You can’t judge a person cause of his
religion,” one follower wrote.