'School of Music' winner Michel Cohen 311.
(photo credit: Courtesy of Channel 2)
Channel Two’s School of Music junior talent show competition reached its final
stage on Saturday night, with 13-year-old Michel Cohen from Dimona crowned as
the winner of the first season’s event. Cohen’s operatic rendition of the
emotive “Al Tashlicheini Le’et Zikna” (Do not cast me off in old age) was judged
to be the best of the kiddies’ bunch and the youngster performed the song a
second time, after his win was announced, with veteran crooner Yehoram Gaon, who
was his teacher.
Cohen, who cites mathematics as his favorite subject at
school, beat a 16-strong nation-wide field which included crowd favorite,
Phillipines-born Kathleen Eligado, 11, Ofir Elbaz, 8, from Sderot, Dan’el
Rubinstein, 8, from Ashdod, Shalev Menashe, 11, from Hofit and Shai Hamber, 13,
The contestants were taught by four famous singers: Gaon,
Mati Caspi, Moshe Peretz and Keren Peles.
‘We’re very proud of Kathleen
even though she didn’t place first. It’s more than enough for us,’ her sister,
Hazel, told the Post