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X-Factor Diary: Almost eliminated, but now we’re in the final

January 10, 2014

“We’re in the final! We got through on Tuesday night with our performance of Roar, Katy Perry’s song.

“We learned the song in two days, and only learned the dance routine the night before, which was stressful. We just couldn’t believe it when the host Bar Rafaeli announced we were through.

“I really thought we were going out after our previous performance last weekend.

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Justin Timberlake to perform in Tel Aviv

By Sandy Rashty, January 9, 2014

American pop star Justin Timberlake will perform in Israel later this year.

The award-winning singer and producer, 32, who rose to fame as part of the N Sync boyband in the 1990s, has never performed in Israel.

The Cry Me a River-singer, who has won four Emmy and six Grammy awards, will perform in Tel Aviv in May.

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Israel embassy sketch gets an angry response

By Rosa Doherty, January 9, 2014

A television comedy sketch that treated the Israeli-Palestinian conflict as a subject for humour has been roundly condemned by the Zionist Federation.

ZF chairman Paul Charney said the sketch, broadcast on BBC Three’s comedy programme, The Revolution Will Be Televised, “ridicules antisemitism at a time when anti-Jewish bigotry is on the rise”.

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Meryl Streep labels Walt Disney an antisemite

By Sandy Rashty, January 9, 2014

Oscar-winning actress Meryl Streep has described Walt Disney as a “hideous antisemite” during a speech at a New York award ceremony this week.

Ms Streep, who starred in The Iron Lady and Mamma Mia!, told guests at the National Board of Review dinner that the Hollywood mogul was part of an antisemitic lobby group - the Motion Picture Alliance for the Preservation of American Ideals.

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UK-born Charedi rabbi is dish of the day for Masterchef viewers

By Jonathan Kalmus, January 9, 2014

For Rabbi Josh Steele, aliyah had turned out to be a bit of nightmare.

He swapped north-west London suburbia for Israel to find a wife, settle down and raise a family. Five years on, still single and pushing 30, he was on the verge of giving up and heading back to Edgware.

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Hitchcock Holocaust film revealed

By Sandy Rashty, January 8, 2014

An Alfred Hitchcock film detailing Nazi atrocities during the Holocaust will be publicly aired for the first time - 70 years after it was made.

Memory of the Camps , was shelved by the British government in 1945 due to political sensitivity after the Second World War, according to a report in the Independent .

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Rolling Stones in talks over debut Israel gig

By Rosa Doherty, January 7, 2014

The Rolling Stones are negotiating plans to play their first-ever concert in Israel.

According to reports, the band has been offered £4.5 million by promoters Marcel Avraham and Gad Oronto to play an open-air concert at Park Hayarkon in June .

It is the most ever offered to a music act to appear in the country

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WATCH: Adir Tov performing on X-Factor Israel as one fifth of boy band Fusion

January 7, 2014
We've been following 16-year-old Adir Tov every week as he has competed on X-Factor Israel as one fifth of boy band Fusion. Here they are performing Some Nights - Adir is on the far left.

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X-Factor Diary: Singing acapella to stay in the show. But we managed it

January 2, 2014

“It has been a dramatic week for the band. Last Wednesday, we sang Mily Cyrus’s song Wrecking Ball and thought we did well, but got put in the bottom two of the seven remaining acts.

“We thought that was it for us because we were up against two sisters who were amazing singers – everyone thought they would be in the final.

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New Year honours for theatre producer Michael Codron and writer Anthony Horowitz

By Sandy Rashty, December 30, 2013

Veteran stage producer Michael Codron has been awarded a knighthood in the New Year honours for services to the theatre.

Eighty-two-year-old Sir Michael is the West End's longest-serving producer and a leading influence in post-war British drama. He is the owner of the Aldwych Theatre, and a former leading figure at the National Theatre and the Hampstead Theatre.

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