Posts Tagged ‘American Idol’

Mariah Carey Speaks Hebrew On ‘Idol’

January 18, 2013

This post first appeared on The Shmooze blot at The Forward.

76db339b7351b2f7fadd3f6d1145b32aWe all knew that Mariah Carey can sing, but what we didn’t know was that she can also speak Hebrew. Well, at least she knows three expressions—and can use them correctly.

Carey surprised us when she greeted American Idol contestant Shira Gavrielov, the 23-year-old daughter of Israeli singer-songwriter Miki Gavrielov, with a friendly “Shalom.” She also appropriately threw in a “Shana Tova,” given that the audition was taking place early in the new (secular) year.

And then once Gavrielov wowed the judges (especially Nicki Minaj, who gushed about Gavrielov’s being a superstar in the making) with her soulful rendition of Amy Winehouse’s “Valerie,” Carey sent her off stage with an encouraging “Sababa!”—leaving us to wonder where she picked up this Israeli slang word for “Cool!”

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© 2013 Renee Ghert-Zand. All rights reserved.


Price Is No Object For “Glamberts”

November 1, 2011

This post first appeared as “‘Glamberts’ Will Pay $20 for Your Nov. 2011 ‘Advocate'” on The Shmooze blog of the Forward.

Remember Adam Lambert? You know, the eyeliner-wearing singer who didn’t win American Idol?

For many of us, Lambert’s 15 minutes of fame have passed, but not for the “Glamberts,” his die-hard fans. According to Gawker, some of them have been willing to shell out as much as $20 for the current issue of The Advocate. The gay magazine has Lambert on its November 2011 cover.

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© 2011 Renee Ghert-Zand. All rights reserved.

The Next Teen Pop Idol?

September 15, 2011

This post first appeared as “Meet Josh Bernstein, the Next Teen Pop Idol” on The Shmooze blog of the Forward.

Kidz Star finalist Josh Bernstein

Josh Bernstein has got an amazing set of pipes, and he is using them to his advantage in the Kidz Star USA Talent Search underway right now. The 14-year-old student at Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School in Rockville, Md., is one of four finalists in the competition sponsored by

This morning, Bernstein appeared along with the other three finalists on the Today Show together with Kris Allen, a mentor and judge for the contest. Allen found fame as the winner of American Idol a number of seasons ago.

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© 2011 Renee Ghert-Zand. All rights reserved.