Adam Kleinberg, 21, of Mexico, who won the first place, is interested in studying music in Israel and using the prize money ($8,000) to pay for his tuition. Oliver Ghnassia, 19, of Belgium, who came in second and received $4,000, is also planning to make aliyah in the coming months.
"The contest made me want to return to Israel, live there and develop as a singer," says Kleinberg.
Ghnassia adds, "I feel the need to live in Israel. Before participating in Hallelujah, I didn't know how the world of music works in Israel. Thanks to the contest, I was exposed to the work of military bands and realized that there are many other song contests and a lot of room to develop in this field in Israel.
A film documenting the 30 finalists' journey in Israel will be broadcast on Channel 1 TV this week, in addition to the final in which Adam Kleinberg was crowned "Jewish idol".
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