Jan 22, 2013
"Jewish Star" Replaces 3 Judges

EXCLUSIVE: Avraham Fried, Eli Gerstner and Mendy Pellin will not be on Season 4 of A Jewish Star singing competition, COLlive has learned. Guess who is replacing them.

By COLlive reporter

An all new format of A Jewish Star will have 3 veteran judges of the international singing talent competition replaced in Season Four which will be launching this week.

Singer Avraham Fried and entertainer Mendy Pellin who have been with the contest since its novel inception in 2009, will not be evaluating contestants this round.

Another two familiar faces leaving are composer and conductor Eli Gerstner, who was a judge, and entertainer Country Yossi, who hosted Season Three's live finals show in Brooklyn College last year.

"Unfortunately this year due to previous commitments I'm not going to be a judge," Gerstner wrote on his Facebook page.

Having composed and produced the song "Nisbia" for Season 3 winner Choni Goldman, he added that he was "looking forward to working on the next song with the winner of A Jewish Star 2013."

As part of the major changes planned in Season Four, COLlive has learned that producers of the competition are aiming to broaden its audience and to give a larger segment of the Jewish community a shot at stardom.

Yossi Soffer, Executive Producer of A Jewish Star, said the new slate of judges will be 5 known names in the Jewish music world, each representing another niche market.

One of them is legendary composer Yossi Green who also judged last year's contest.

The most significant change in the new season will be its format, which will resemble a full fledged reality show with ongoing episodes being released online.

Soffer said the show's episodes, produced by filmmaker Danny Finkelman of Sparks Next, will document the live auditions, elimination process and the contestants being narrowed down to a few finalists, taking a closer look at their personalities and musical aspirations.

"We experimented with the episodes idea last season, which became wildly popular with viewers," said Soffer. "Now we are going all out, which we hope will gain an even larger, and enthusiastic following," Soffer said.

He said the new judges needed to meet the requirements of continuous filming on location in the New York area. "We are very excited about the caliber of talent we chose as judges," he noted.

The names of the new judges will be announced Wednesday on the competition's social page Facebook.com/JewishStar.

Until then, all Soffer agreed to reveal was that one of them is a major name, another is pop star in Israel, a third is part of a dynasty that released hit albums and a fourth is a member of a popular band.


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1
yayyyyyy!!!
i cant wait!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
its gonna be an awesome season!
(1/22/2013 11:54:54 PM)
2
and they are...
MBD,meydad tasa,a piamenta,and a marcus bro
(1/23/2013 1:14:42 AM)
3
Female show needed
There are too many exceptional female artists who need a show like this!
(1/23/2013 1:46:07 AM)
4
big tv addict
this is a spoof of american idol!
(1/23/2013 2:03:47 AM)
5
great but...
can u do a show like this fro women?? (btw this isnt close to as gr8 as amrican idol since they r all jewish they r 2 afriad to say u have a horrible voice! n thats the point)
(1/23/2013 7:59:23 AM)
6
Will still be for frummies?
1) Having audition previews - helps NOT to be able to actually hear the talent of a singer. Sometimes an entertainer has a very quiet, ordinary lifestyle - but could be a magnificent and charismatic entertainer . Going into the personalities and lifstyle of the entertainers - may prove prejudicial and make it seem like someone is not so amazing in real life - and that could prejudice the vovting of an outstanding performance, as someone may end up winning - not on performance on stage - but on charisma and lifestyle OFF the stage!.

2) Having an Israeli pop star is already REALLY opening up the show - is this STILL going to be for a frum audience - or not? Will the popstar be a really frum person?
(1/23/2013 7:59:51 AM)
7
The voice!!!
It's gonna be the voice!!!! Oh yeh!!!!!!
(1/23/2013 8:30:20 AM)
8
yay!!!!!!!!!!
go choni goldman !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
(1/23/2013 8:32:48 AM)
9
A Fan
Looking forward to the new format. Cant wait!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
(1/23/2013 8:37:11 AM)
10
sounds exciting!
really looking forward to it
my kids keep asking when its starting
(1/23/2013 9:15:30 AM)
11
10 bucs
Moshe Hecht is a judge...
(1/23/2013 9:16:57 AM)
12
maybe...
mbd? he is great
and dudu fisher
(1/23/2013 9:24:17 AM)
13
Guess
Ishai, Benny, Benny or Shmully
(1/23/2013 9:52:35 AM)
14
Can't wait to find out who they are!!
So so excited!! Such a fantastic idea..
(1/23/2013 10:39:55 AM)
15
nisbia
luv that song!!!!!!
(1/23/2013 11:22:08 AM)
16
yay!
Looking forward! Can't wait!
(1/23/2013 11:34:50 AM)
17
Awesome!!
Thanks
(1/23/2013 12:02:12 PM)
18
Guesses
Israeli pop star = Ishai Lapidot, Haim Israel, or Gad Elbaz.
Dynasty = Yeedle or Yisroel Werdyger
Big name = Shwekey or Lipa
Band = can't guess
(1/23/2013 12:08:55 PM)
19
I agree with 5 and 3
I agree! Woman and girls need a chance to express there talents as well! I think the judges for females should be Chanale Motchkin,Chanale Fellig,Morah Music, and Yehudis Bluming.
It is going to be an interesting season!
(1/23/2013 12:47:47 PM)
20
So excited
We are so excited for the New season!!
(1/23/2013 1:12:52 PM)
21
why am i being turned off?
"elimination process?" "reality show?" There's plenty of that on TV.

As long as you keep you feet rooted to the ground, much hatzlacha
(1/23/2013 2:22:31 PM)
22
Oh no,
Really excited to see new Judges. But I don't want to lose Mendy Pellin, he makes the whole show exciting and funny!!
(1/23/2013 3:17:00 PM)
23
gonna miss mendy pellin on the show
:(
(1/23/2013 4:20:19 PM)
24
to 21
Umm, maybe that's the point?
A lot of people don't want their kids to watch tv and this is a kosher alternative to that kind of entertainment, which is not appropriate for us and our families.
(1/23/2013 5:10:11 PM)
25
WOMAN
we need a womans one
its not fair that due to religeon we should be held back from expressing ourselves
pls look into it seriosely thanx alot
(1/23/2013 5:45:22 PM)
26
Moshe Kravitsky!!
He would make an awesome judge! Check out the Moshe Show- he's really funny and has a good voice too!
(1/23/2013 6:05:36 PM)
27
re: comment #6
You're so right. This reminds me of the loud, pushy kids who are noticed and looked up to while the less pushy kids,often quite talented, go unnoticed. True, a performer must have a degree of stage presence, but who the heck cares about what he's like when he goes shopping for shoes, or whatever. (Unless,of course, he's one of those "unforgettable" customers the storekeeper wishes would go buy his shoes elsewhere... I also agree that we should be circumspect about who we choose as judges. Hopefully, these folks will not be people who you'd think twice about before you'd allow your kids to attend one of their performances...
(1/23/2013 6:29:01 PM)
28
talking about a women show..
esther fridman, shandel antelis, and fellig should be the judges
(1/23/2013 6:55:53 PM)
29
AWESOME!
I HAVE BEEM WAITING FOR THIS FOR A LONG TIME
CANT WAIT
(1/23/2013 7:05:04 PM)
30
Ohad Moskowitz
He's the Israeli pop!!
(1/23/2013 7:33:39 PM)
31
i think
matasyuhu will be a judge
(1/23/2013 10:47:20 PM)
32
Mayvin
Lipa pester rebbe yankel miller now the chassidim r innn
(1/24/2013 9:44:46 PM)
33
Woman Show Judges:
Kineret, bracha jaffe, shaindel antelis
(1/27/2013 11:58:37 AM)
34
OH NO! :(
AVRAHAM FRIED ISNT GOING 2 B THERE? :(
(1/28/2013 7:19:40 PM)
35
i agree
i think one will be a marcus brother
(1/28/2013 10:14:07 PM)
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