JERUSALEM (JTA)– A Canadian immigrant to Israel won the first season of Israel’s musical talent reality show "The Voice."
Kathleen Reiter, 23, who made aliyah from Quebec just weeks before her audition, won the competition Saturday night, receiving the most votes from the Israeli viewing audience. Reiter won an international recording contract with Universal Helicon, an Israeli record label.
She already spoke Hebrew thanks to her Hebrew-speaking Israeli parents.
Reiter was mentored by Israeli pop star Sarit Hadad. She defeated finalist Raz Shmueli, who was mentored by Israeli rock star Aviv Geffen. The other two mentors were Rami Kleinstein and Shlomo Shabat.
"The Voice" is based on the successful U.S. model and received high ratings in Israel.