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  • This week from Israel

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    January 28, 2013 | 10:50 am

    Never Again

    Yesterday, January 27th, the world mentioned the International Holocaust Remembrance Day. This day reminds us all of the horrible, systematic death of 6 million, for no reason other than their beliefs. This day reminds us all to always remember and never forget.

    ...

  • Kardashian, Rimes, Cougar Wives & American Idol

    By Ilana Angel

    January 17, 2013 | 11:18 am

    It has been an interesting week in the world of reality television.  I am constantly fascinated by the people who have found their 15 minutes of fame, and intrigued by those who have managed to create careers and fortunes without any sign of talent.  God Bless America.  Where else...

  • Donna Summer memories

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    May 17, 2012 | 12:47 pm

    When the news came that Donna Summer—the disco diva who rose to fame with pulsing hits such as “Last Dance” and “Bad Girl” – died today at 63, Jewish publicist Michael Levine called with some memories of the cultural icon.  “I grew up in New York, and when she became a...

  • Israel’s ‘American Idol’: The contest and the winner

    March 20, 2012 | 4:57 pm

    Adam Kleinberg has the rock star look and sound down pat. With a coif of heavy, brown dreadlocks, and dressed mostly in black and leather, this 22-year-old Mexican Jew has a powerful voice with deep range.

    Kleinberg took first prize in last year’s “Hallelujah” global Jewish...

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  • Reality Rants

    By Ilana Angel

    March 16, 2012 | 1:38 am

    Just a few things to share…….

    American Idol:  I think its lame Jermaine Jones got kicked off.  Did he lie? Yes.  Does he have a criminal record?  Yes.  Should American Idol have done a better job of researching him?  Yes.  Lots of kids would have loved his spot and they chose...

  • Adam Lambert says ‘lesson learned’ after arrest

    December 22, 2011 | 4:47 pm

    Former “American Idol” finalist Adam Lambert brushed off his arrest in Finland on Thursday, blaming his bad behavior on travel, booze and “irrational confusion” and adding “lesson learned” on Twitter.

    “Jetlag+Vodka=blackout. Usblackout=irrational confusion. jail+guilt+press=lesson...

  • Adam Lambert keeps his lips to himself at last night’s AMA awards

    By Lauren Bottner

    November 21, 2011 | 11:58 am

    American Idol finalist Adam Lambert will return to ABC’s American Music Awards after a two year hiatus. In 2009, Lambert set off a firestorm with a sexually explicit performance that included “bondage, simulated oral sex and a same-sex kiss,” Danielle Berrin wrote in 2009. 

    That...

  • Adam Lambert’s legal woes

    By Lauren Bottner

    November 8, 2011 | 11:38 am

    Pop singer Adam Lambert has been slapped with a lawsuit charging that he violated the rules of American Idol when he agreed to be on the 8th season of the reality show.

    A new lawsuit, from Colwel Platinum Entertainment, alleges that he had a music contract at the time he auditioned...

  • Israeli “idol” judge indicted in strongarm case

    August 29, 2011 | 10:04 am

    Israel’s “Kochav Nolad” (“A Star is Born”) TV singing competition has a new reality spinoff—a criminal case against one of its judges, accused of using strongarm tactics to ensure she got a cut of a former contestant’s earnings.

    The judge, Margalit Tsanani, a popular singer in her...

  • Sunday Drive with a Howler Monkey

    By Ilana Angel

    August 29, 2011 | 8:42 am

    I was home all weekend with a sinus infection and bronchitis.  I can’t breathe, have a horrible cough, and I could have spent all day in bed.  My son was great and took care of his dear old mom.  He did his homework, checked on me throughout the day, and made me lots of tea with...

  • Harel Skaat, an Israeli pop “Idol” comes to the Ford Amphitheatre

    By Orit Arfa

    August 24, 2011 | 11:09 am

    One way to describe Israeli pop star Harel Skaat to American pop aficionados is to call him the Israeli “Clay Aiken”—a comparison Skaat might not like, considering he shies away from comparisons lest they smear his individuality.

    But like the 2003 “American Idol”...

  • Casey Abrams’ ‘American Idol’ chutzpah

    By Orit Arfa

    June 28, 2011 | 4:52 pm

    Singer and multi-instrumentalist Casey Abrams was the one for Jews to watch during the 10th season of “American Idol.” His reddish-brown beard was the constant butt of jokes on the show and the most talked-about “Idol” hair growth since Sanjaya Malakar. (Remember Malakar from...

  • Boston Rob, Scotty McCreery, John Rich & Jesus Are Reality TV Stars

    By Ilana Angel

    May 16, 2011 | 3:00 am

    After ten years, four seasons, and over 100 days, Boston Rob finally won the million dollar prize on Survivor and I am so happy.  Rob is the reason I got hooked on Survivor all those years ago, and I think he should have won every time he played.  He is brilliant at this game, and...

  • Best Career Move Ever as Jennifer Lopez Bares Heart and Soul on Idol

    By Misha Henckel

    February 24, 2011 | 8:17 am

    16 year old son: I don’t think anyone ever knew how down to earth J-Lo is. American Idol is so good for her.

    It’s true! Jennifer may be a huge star but her appearance as a judge on American Idol is doing wonders for her image. Not that she has had a negative image. No, in the...

  • Miley Cyrus’ Dad, Charlie Sheen and Bernie Madoff: Truth, Lies and Desperation…

    By Misha Henckel

    February 18, 2011 | 12:00 am

    But not necessarily in that order…

    Sometimes celebrities confuse interviews with therapy sessions. Take Miley Cyrus’ dad: Reeling from the breakup of his marriage and desperate to be heard, Billy Ray throws his precious daughter under the bus. In an interview with GQ magazine,...

  • Adam Lambert:  The Jewish Mother Interview

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    October 14, 2009 | 5:07 pm


    By Gail Zimmerman
    Arts & Entertainment Editor
    Detroit Jewish News


    “There are thousands of women of a certain age out there who are just one Adam Lambert Google search away from crashing their computers,” Newsweek’s Joan Raymond wrote in a June blog titled Why Cougars Crave...

  • American Idol’s Adam Lambert sings “The Prayer”

    By Danielle Berrin

    May 1, 2009 | 6:13 pm

    Move over Bocelli. Adam Lambert’s rendition of “The Prayer,” which he sang on the holiest evening of the Jewish calendar (Kol Nidre) may send Italian tenors back to training. Listen to his duet with Temple of the Arts’ cantor, Illysia Pierce here.

  • The Next American-Israeli Idol

    By Orit Arfa

    April 27, 2009 | 8:16 pm

    Last week a handful of yordim (Israelis who “descended” to America) were given the rare opportunity to make aliyah; that is, to rise back up to Israel—and to stardom. Kochav Nolad (“A Star is Born”), Israel’s “American Idol” knock-off, came to Hollywood, literally, to...

  • VIDEO: Paula Abdul talks about being Jewish

    July 6, 2007 | 10:48 pm

    Everyone’s favorite Laker girl, American Idol‘s Paul Abdul, talks about being Jewish

  • Tour Keeps ‘American Idol’ Runner-up on the Run

    By Keren Engelberg

    August 10, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Elliott YaminElliott Yamin is on the summer road trip of his life, but it's no vacation. The second runner-up on the most recent "American Idol" has been performing as part of the "American Idols Live Tour 2006" since early July -- not to mention promoting the heck out of it -- when he's not on...

  • A Celestial Tour

    By  Orit Arfa

    June 1, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    If "American Idol" runner-up Katherine McPhee can enjoy even half the success achieved by Shiri Maimon, runner-up of the first season of Israel's version of the show -- dubbed "A Star Is Born" -- then she will be lucky.

    With a powerful voice and Britney-esque looks and videos,...

  • Songs of the South

    By Keren Engelberg

    March 16, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    It appears Fox TV's "American Idol" has a Jewish contestant heading to the finals. Twenty-seven-year-old Elliott Yamin from Virginia, auditioned for the pop star search and singing competition in Boston, and has gone on to make it into the top 24, and then, on March 9, into the top...

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