From Israeli ‘Idol’ to court-martial?


A finalist in Israel’s version of “American Idol” could be court-martialed for using drugs during his military service.

Shlomi Barel, who finished third in the most recent season of the hit television show “A Star is Born,” was arrested by military police this week on suspicion of drug use. Military officials said he is under investigation ahead of a possible court-martial.

Viewers had praised Barel, 20, for being among the relatively few contestants not to have secured exemption from mandatory national service. His commanders allowed him to go on an extended furlough during the show’s taping.

Representatives of Barel and the television franchise behind “A Star is Born” had no immediate comment on the arrest.


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