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Brooklyn, NY - Leaders in Jewish Singing Star Competition Announced

Published on: January 20, 2011 11:14 AM
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Brooklyn, NY - Voting for contestants for Season Two of A Jewish Star singing competition, the popular music talent competition, is set to end at 12:00 PM EST Friday, with the ten adult finalists and three child finalists to be named on Sunday by the judges who will selection the finalists from the top twenty vote getters in each category.

As of today, VIN News got the exclusive who are the top vote getters with the best chances of ending up as the finalists.

Zalman Attal - Brunoy, France
Moishe Borenstein - Brooklyn, New York
Hillel Braun - Lakewood, New Jersey
Ezzy Duchman - Miami Beach, Florida
Shmouel Halimi - Beit Shemesh, Israel
Mordechai Hershkowitz - Brooklyn, New York
Aaron Holder - Miami Beach, Florida
Yitzy Goldsmith - Monsey, New York
Yoel Goldstein - Brooklyn, New York
Mendy Jacobson - Brooklyn, New York
Zalman Levy - Johannesburg, S. Africa
Yossi Loloyan - Encino, California
Shlomo Menkes – Santa Monica, California
Mendy Piamenta - Kfar Chabad, Israel
Gershon Shapiro - Brooklyn, New York
Yechiel Schnitzler - Lakewood, New Jersey
Shevach Tamir - Brooklyn, New York
Beryl Teitelbaum - Brooklyn, New York
Menachem Weinstein - London, England
Moishe Wilschanski - Brooklyn, New York

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The top six vote getters, listed in alphabetical order, in the junior category are currently:

Yisroel Amar - Golden Beach, Florida
Shmuly Brafman - Morristown, New Jersey
Sruli Milstein - Brooklyn, New York
Ari Raskin - Brooklyn, New York
Chneor Orel Sadon - Paris, France
Akiva Schechter - Miami Beach, Florida


All ten finalists will all perform at the annual Soul II Soul Foundation concert to be held at the Brooklyn School for Music and Theater on February 20, with the winner declared by judges Avraham Fried, Mendy Pellin and Eli Gerstner.  The concert, starring Benny Friedman, will benefit the Chasdei Soul II Soul Foundation, an organization that supports the education of special needs children.  Other musical talent involved in the show include Yochi Briskman and Country Yossi who will be master of ceremonies for the evening.

A Jewish Star is an annual competition designed to give talented unknowns a shot at stardom by giving them the opportunity to be heard by both the public and insiders in the Jewish music business.  Both the adult and junior winner of this year’s competition will receive $1000 cash and career promotion from Aderet/Mostly Music.  Additionally, the adult winner will also receive a two year lease on a 2011 Honda Accord, coaching from superstar Avraham Fried, and the opportunity to record a song with Ruli Ezrachi.  The junior winner of A Jewish Star will also receive a spot in Yeshiva Boys Choir and tickets and hotel accommodations for a trip to Israel. 

Last year’s competition attraction over fifty auditions and 61,893 votes were cast online.  The winner was Binyamin Moshe, a Brooklyn yeshiva student who recently released his first single.



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 Jan 20, 2011 at 11:39 AM musicpro Says:

the whole system doesnt make sence. If one guy has more friends online, than he gets more votes..... btw zalman attal only has a nice video but the singing is not the best....

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 Jan 20, 2011 at 12:06 PM Hocker101 Says:

If you look at the votes you will see that by what they wrote it doesn't look like it's a bunch of friends posting under different names!

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 Jan 20, 2011 at 12:24 PM GimmeNiz Says:

Reply to #1  
musicpro Says:

the whole system doesnt make sence. If one guy has more friends online, than he gets more votes..... btw zalman attal only has a nice video but the singing is not the best....

Yeah, can't wait to see the non talented winners make fools of themselves on stage. What a moronic way to hold a contest.

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 Jan 20, 2011 at 12:28 PM Musicman Says:

I think Hillel Braun has a real chance he has a gr8 voice and a beautiful composition!

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 Jan 20, 2011 at 12:37 PM YiddisheKup Says:

so the people with musical knowledge judge on the top 20 of 150 auditions? the public voting on top 20 is just popularity contest. if the judges would be the ones to take it down to top 20, it would still be a popularity contest, but at least it would be a popularity contest of 20 people the judges thought had talent ... can't wait till shiya mendlowitz's, that will be incredible im sure

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 Jan 20, 2011 at 12:43 PM Renegade Says:

Reply to #1  
musicpro Says:

the whole system doesnt make sence. If one guy has more friends online, than he gets more votes..... btw zalman attal only has a nice video but the singing is not the best....

" the whole system doesnt make sence. If one guy has more friends online, than he gets more votes..."
I guess that's why the judges are choosing the finalists from the top 20/6, it's not enough to just have your friends vote for you.

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 Jan 20, 2011 at 01:29 PM Amazed Says:

how about the Judges vote for each contestant so non of this 'popularity contest' is an issue?

Who's with me?

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 Jan 20, 2011 at 02:08 PM CommonSense Says:

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Musicman Says:

I think Hillel Braun has a real chance he has a gr8 voice and a beautiful composition!

We know you're great.

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 Jan 20, 2011 at 02:12 PM Musicman Says:

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GimmeNiz Says:

Yeah, can't wait to see the non talented winners make fools of themselves on stage. What a moronic way to hold a contest.

you really think none of the contestants have any talent!!?? are you jealous of something!??

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 Jan 20, 2011 at 04:13 PM GimmeNiz Says:

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Musicman Says:

you really think none of the contestants have any talent!!?? are you jealous of something!??

I didn't say that. I think there are plenty of wonderful contestants with talent - just not sure they have the popular vote. I am very happy that Rabbi Menkes is one of the top b/c he is fantastic!

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 Jan 20, 2011 at 05:41 PM Musicman Says:

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GimmeNiz Says:

I didn't say that. I think there are plenty of wonderful contestants with talent - just not sure they have the popular vote. I am very happy that Rabbi Menkes is one of the top b/c he is fantastic!

ok i hear that but you came off sounding like they all dont have talent!

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 Jan 20, 2011 at 06:33 PM GimmeNiz Says:

No, no, I was just being facetious. Sorry it came off that way. I most definitely hope that the top talents get voted up to the top. I still think it's moronic to have the public choose. On American Idol the public votes BUT that's only after the judges give them tickets to Hollywood and weed out the bottom contestants.

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 Jan 20, 2011 at 11:37 PM Materetsky Says:

Yeah I think maybe the judges should 've chosen the top 20 / top 6 and we vote the top 10/ top 3 from there ... but that's not perfect either... so oh well at least the judges have the final say

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 Jan 21, 2011 at 08:30 AM musicpro Says:

I agree. the judges should FIRST weed out the weeds, and than we-the public- should vote. Btw i think Mordicai Levovitz has a GREAT audition and talent.

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 Jan 21, 2011 at 09:54 AM kandikweeen Says:

In the jr. category there are too many "kids" that are more adult sounding than kid sounding & if they won would not be able to be in the yeshiva boys choir. Same for those kids who don't live in the tri-state area. Finally, alot of the kids had professionall done videos so they were mastered & had overdubs done (not very good ones) so you really can't tell how their singing really is. I will feel bad for those kids when the get onstage & won't be able to perform.

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 Jan 21, 2011 at 09:59 AM CommonSense Says:

You think the judges have the patience to sit through 144 auditions?

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 Jan 21, 2011 at 11:19 AM Materetsky Says:

I just realized that this is just the leaders and not the official top 20/6! I hope my guys really win it...
I agree about the kids. You cannot compare a 15 year old with a man's voice to an 8 year old. Who is better cannot be said because it's like comparing a drummer with a guitarist. It's also not really fair for an 8 year old to compete against a 15 year old even if he sounds like a kid . If they sound like men and they join YBC it'd sound weird. Maybe the category is too broad and should've been like 10-13 or something, but maybe this is the age for YBC.
As far as not being in the tri-state area, being in YBC is just one of the prizes. It's also not fair to leave out every kid that's not from the tri-state area.
As far as the professional videos, it's a good point. They say the video doesn't affect the vote...how can it not? Some of the kids with pro videos are great too, but when you see , for example, Akiva Schechter standing in front of a piano singing and it sounds beauitful, you know it's pure talent. I saw some kids who had great videos and mediocre voices--> high rating. The general public is NOT full of music experts. Just people who want to be entertained.

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 Jan 21, 2011 at 12:44 PM kandikweeen Says:

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Materetsky Says:

I just realized that this is just the leaders and not the official top 20/6! I hope my guys really win it...
I agree about the kids. You cannot compare a 15 year old with a man's voice to an 8 year old. Who is better cannot be said because it's like comparing a drummer with a guitarist. It's also not really fair for an 8 year old to compete against a 15 year old even if he sounds like a kid . If they sound like men and they join YBC it'd sound weird. Maybe the category is too broad and should've been like 10-13 or something, but maybe this is the age for YBC.
As far as not being in the tri-state area, being in YBC is just one of the prizes. It's also not fair to leave out every kid that's not from the tri-state area.
As far as the professional videos, it's a good point. They say the video doesn't affect the vote...how can it not? Some of the kids with pro videos are great too, but when you see , for example, Akiva Schechter standing in front of a piano singing and it sounds beauitful, you know it's pure talent. I saw some kids who had great videos and mediocre voices--> high rating. The general public is NOT full of music experts. Just people who want to be entertained.

"As far as not being in the tri-state area, being in YBC is just one of the prizes. It's also not fair to leave out every kid that's not from the tri-state area." If that is the case, then it's not fair to put it out as a prize. The kids are putting their hope on that. Shmuely Brafman, although he's within the age range for the junior catagory, clearly can't be compared to a little kid. True, he has an unbelieveble voice, but not the type that YBC is known for. And that kid who is in the snow in his video-you can't really tell how his voice is bec. the video centers more on the video & the actions rather than the voice, which was very poorly over-dubbed

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