The Voice of Israel has a French-Canadian accent

April 1, 2012 - 3:43 PM by

Kathleen Reiter, the winner of The Voice.

Almost three months after it debuted, the Israeli version of The Voice reached a crescendo last night. And as highlighted by Israelity back then, the singer chosen as the ‘voice of Israel’ turned out to be the new immigrant from Canada, Kathleen Reiter.

The 23-year-old Reiter is the daughter of Israelis who moved to Quebec before she was born. Deciding to make aliya last summer, the amateur singer auditioned for the maiden voyage of the show, which was popularized in the US last year.

The Israeli version turned out to be hugely popular and helped elevate the mentors – Shlomi Shabat, Aviv Gefen, Sarit Hadad and Rami Kleinstein – to even more of household names than they were before, and it exposed some seriously talented young singing sensations out there among the Israeli public.
“I don’t know what the future holds, but I know that this is an amazing opportunity for me and a great start to what will hopefully be a great life here in Israel,” Reiter said a week after her televised debut in January.

What happened afterwards may turn out to be one of the great aliya stories in Israeli history.

Here’s a clip of Reiter’s first single, which she sang last night at the finals – “Shout to You”.

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3 Comments on The Voice of Israel has a French-Canadian accent

  1. music biz observer on Mon, Apr 2nd 2012 2:10 PM
  2. she’s a nice enough girl, but actually: there’s not a shortage of nice girls in Israel. If someone can show us that the released song never had to be cleaned up by engineers with a vocal-pitch-correction unit (nowadays, virtually all released songs ARE), or that Ms Reiter produced-and-mixed-down the song HERSELF….. then we could shout that she’s amazingly talented. Until then, she’s just another nice girl who hasn’t paid any noticeable amount of dues to the music industry, or to her newly-adopted country.

  3. marcy sofer on Mon, Apr 2nd 2012 3:58 PM
  4. she sounds great. good accent too.

  5. music biz observer on Tue, Apr 3rd 2012 2:13 PM
  6. as an aside, this makes the SECOND קטלין who’s gotten recent press notices for being a vocalist. The first was some TelAviv-born pure-blooded Filipinit sabrait who’s studying at the High School of Music in Yerushalayim. At 11 years of age, we have some assurance that the latter young woman will in fact, do some form of National duty before reaping personal glory and glamour by virtue of being an Israeli, as apparently, in the much larger pond comprising the North American music industry, Ms Reiter was never noticed except by people who were buying marine bunker fuel. Which history teaches us, will not prevent her from making a lifetime career in touring venues abroad for nostalgic yordim with money to throw around for LA-priced ticketim.

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