Next global Jewish star chosen

“I am so excited to be in Israel, it is a special feeling for me,” said Mexican singer Kleinberg after the contest.

August 28, 2011 21:54
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Adam Kleinberg with Limor Livnat

Adam Kleinberg with Limor Livnat_582. (photo credit: Courtesy)


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Mexican singer Adam Kleinberg (pictured here with Culture and Sports Minister Limor Livnat), a relative of David Ben-Gurion, was chosen as the winner of the 2011 Hallelujah singing competition Thursday night in Ramat Hasharon’s central square. The team of judges, headed by veteran singer Yehoram Gaon and comprised of well-known Israeli musicians and producers such as Kobi Oshrat, Noam Gilor and DJ Skazi awarded Kleinberg the first prize of the contest ahead of Oliver Ghnassia from Brussels, 19, and David Kobiashvili from Russia, 25.

“I am so excited to be in Israel, it is a special feeling for me,” said Kleinberg after the contest. “The Hallelujah project was an amazing gift and coming in first place is a dream come true. I want to thank the Hallelujah team, they are all good people, and all my friends, the other contestants, who helped and supported me and my family in Mexico and around the world. It feels like a new beginning for me and it is already amazing.”

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Kleinberg, who won a cash prize of $8,000, will record a duet with a leading Israeli artist and will go on a worldwide concert tour in different Jewish communities.

Kleinberg, 21, led a group of 30 finalists, ages 16-26, representing Jewish communities in the US, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Russia, France, Australia, Argentina, Sweden, Holland, Belgium, England, Turkey, Costa Rica, and Uruguay. They arrived in Israel for a three-week tour of the country, and to work on their songs ahead of the competition.

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