Transgender singer Dana International won the 1998 Eurovision Contest for Israel with her rendition of “Diva.”
Now, eight albums later, Dana is hosting her own music reality show, “Yeshnan Banot” (Some Girls), searching for the next successful Israeli girl band.
Airing on Channel 24, the local music channel, on Sundays and Tuesdays at 7 p.m. (starting January 19), she says it will be a nonstop party of pop music, fun and plenty of glam.
Surprisingly, perhaps, Dana is not the first transgender queen to host a reality show. Not even close.
First there was Rose from India, host of “Yours, Rose,” who launched her late-night talk show in 2007.
In the States, there is B. Scott, whose real name is Brandon Sessoms, a television personality who’s currently embroiled in a lawsuit with Black Entertainment Television for discrimination on the basis of gender identity, after a miscommunication over his outfit at the 2013 BET Awards.
There was also “Transamerican Love Story,” an American reality show in which suitors wooed transgender woman Calpernia Addams, which was broadcast on Logo, a digital cable channel with LGBT content, but hosted by a gay man.
Then there’s “TransAmerica,” the tentative title for another reality series, that would explore the lives of women who identify as trans. According to The Huffington Post, that show is being cast by Doron Ofir Casting (American born to Israeli parents), who has also cast “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” “The A-List,” and “Girls Who Like Boys Who Like Boys.”