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

British teenager Adir Tov is a member of a boy band competing on the Israeli version of the TV talent series


“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.

“They were in the same category as us, so our judge Ivri Lider had to decide who to save. He chose us, much to our total shock. We had already promised each other backstage that we’d stay together if we were eliminated, but we really did think we were going home.

“We weren’t so comfortable with our next song choice on Saturday night, which was in Hebrew, and didn’t find much time to rehearse because we were busy with press interviews.

“Again, we found ourselves in the bottom two and this time had to compete in a live sing-off.

“Just as we were starting, Ivri jumped up and shouted: “Stop the playback!” He then told us to take out our earpieces, put our microphones down, come up to the judges’ table and sing acapella — all on live TV.

“It was so difficult keeping in time and pitch because the audience were clapping along with us, but it went well and the four judges all agreed they wanted us to stay.

“We’re getting constantly recognised wherever we go now. It’s fun, but tough because our fans are young kids, so we always have to be watching what we’re saying.

“My Hebrew is improving and Israel is becoming more like home to me.

“The next live show is on Sunday and we’re working on new songs. It’s tiring and we’re arguing a lot, but I feel so much safer and happier as part of a band rather than as a solo artist.”

Interview by Charlotte Oliver

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