Any young Jewish man or woman aged 16 to 26, who do not live in Israel, may apply for the contest by sending a video clip showing them singing a song in any language they choose.
The 28 selected contestants will visit Israel this August for a month, during which they will get to know the country and work with leading artists on an Israeli song they will perform in the qualifying competitions, which will be held in the Negev and Galilee.
Twelve finalists will compete for the first prize at the Ramat Hasharon Tennis Center. The winner will receive a financial reward and will record a duet with a famous Israeli singer.
The contest's organizers are also considering holding a concert tour in Jewish communities worldwide, with the help of the Foreign Ministry.
The competition's artistic management is headed by veteran Israeli singer Yehoram Gaon, who will also chair the panel of judges. Other judges include musical producer Kobi Oshrat and artists David Broza, Achinoam Nini (Noa), Hanan Yovel and DJ Skazi. The contest is being produced by the Meitar Association and producer Eitan Gafni.
Advocate Tzahi Gavrieli, who served until recently as an advisor to Prime Ministers Benjamin Netanyahu and Ehud Olmert, heads Hallelujah's volunteer public executive team.
"We're not just settling for a contest and an impressive final," he noted. "Our plan is to broadcast on television and on the internet the experiences of the young Jews from the moment they take off to Israel until their participation in the final."
Dozens of auditions sent by young Jews from all over the world can be viewed on Hallelujah's YouTube channel.
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