There have been at least 3 auditions so far, and I attended part of one yesterday, July 19, in the music room of the MATNAS (community center). Guy (the music director of the bands) and two or three other people were there to judge including Hila Kordana. She has been videoing all the entrants with the video-camera donated by Ken Brandis of Tucson.
This young woman was very shy at first but came alive as Guy coaxed her to sing loader as he played drums to accompany her.
This young woman had a powerful and emotional voice
It was interesting to see how their worked with the singers, having them try in different keys too. One young woman had a sensual voice but had trouble staying on key. Although they were nervous, most didn't show it.
This gal is from Kiryat Malachi and is serving in National Service (in lieu of the army) elsewhere. She came back to town to audition. I could see her maturity in her singing. She is 19 and a half....and emphasized that she was not close to 20, the cutoff age!
The final audition is on July 29 at noon.
Of the 40 or so teens auditioning for Kohav Nolad, the judges need to pick ten. Then those ten practice before the big show in the 2nd half of August. I wish I were here to see it. (Hof Ashkelon is having a similar event on a smaller scale on July 27, whick I plan to go to.)
The summer edition of the local newspaper came out a few days ago, and there were more than 3 pages of articles on things for teens. The first one below is entitled: What can one do during vacation?
The picture below, of Art City street theater, is a close up of the picture above in the lower right corner .