Shira Gavrielov, 23, a singer/songwriter from Israel who has moved to New York City to pursue her dream of becoming a famous recording artist, appeared in the Jan. 17 season debut of this season’s American Idol.
In the episode, Shira recounted how she grew up in a musical household and
that her father Miki is a singer/songwriter in Israel.
She said she learned how to play piano and write music as a child, and at 17,
she was lucky enough to create a CD of her own songs, with one of them reaching
No. 1 in Israel.
Mariah Carey, one of the judges on this season’s Idol, had
obviously brushed up on her Hebrew before Gavrielov came into the audition
Carey greeted her with a friendly “Shalom” and also wished her “Shana Tovah”
(her audition took place in September, some time around Rosh Hashanah).
Gavrielov sang the song Valerie by the late Jewish
singer Amy Winehouse and sounded very good.
Another judge, Nicki Minaj, called her a “superstar” and said she loved her.
All the other judges – Carey, Keith Urban and Randy Jackson – agreed and sent Gavrielov
through to the Hollywood auditions!
You can watch her New York audition here.