Ready, steady, sing!

The 12 finalists in the "Hallelujah" Jewish song contest will battle it out in Ramat Hasharon to be crowned the next "Jewish Idol."

August 25, 2011 13:49
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Hallelujah finalists

Hallelujia finalists 311. (photo credit: Aviv Hofi)

The 12 competitors who made it through to the grand final of the "Hallelujah" song contest were busy rehearsing and putting the finishing touches on their performances on Thursday.

The final, which will be webcast live on, marks the end of the global song contest which saw 30 Jews aged 16 to 26 from around the world arrive in Israel to follow their dream of making it big in the music industry. It will take place Thursday evening in Ramat Hasharon in front of an audience of 3,000 people.

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Event organizers are hoping the competition will establish a new musical tradition that will strengthen ties among Diaspora Jews.

The winner will receive an $8,000 cash prize and record a duet with an Israeli artist that will be broadcast on local radio stations and Jewish radio stations worldwide. The two will also go on a concert tour of international Jewish communities. The runner-up will receive $4,000, and the third-place finalist will win $2,000.

The contestants have been in Israel for the past two weeks, touring the country and discovering their Jewish roots through various trips and meetings. The 30 original contestants were whittled down to just 12 after last week's nail biting semi finals.

Footage from the semi finals and final rehearsals can be seen on the the special YouTube channel and Facebook. The crowd's favorite so far is Happie Hoffman with 966 votes.She won an invitation for Hallelujah 2012 next year.

The names of the finalists are as follows:

Lorren Rettich, age 19 from Brazil
Adam Kleinberg, age 21 from Mexico
Julia Belyaeva, age 21 from Russia
David Kobiashvili, age 25 from Russia
Dale Rodman, age 23 from the US
Eitan Kantor, age 19 from the US
Andrey Land, age 25 from Russia
Olivr Ghnassia, age 19 from Belgium
Zara Tobias, age 19 from England
Gustavo Guerchon, age 20 from Brazil
Vedat Behar, age 21 from Turkey
Victoria Verba, age 16 from Russia

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