Canadian-born Kathleen Reiter, 23, won the first season of "The Voice" Israel Saturday, after defeating second runner up Raz Shmueli. Reiter managed to win the hearts of the national viewing audience and the show's mentors.
Reiter made aliyah from Quebec, Canada several weeks prior to her audition. Her win has granted her an international recording contract with Universal Helicon.
"I'm touched. Thank you all for voting for me. I want to thank my family and friends, both in Israel and Canada. This was an unforgettable experience. But mostly I want thank my mentor Sarit Hadad," Reiter said after the announcement.
The show, based on the successful Dutch format, features four mentors – Rami Kleinstein, Sarit Hadad, Aviv Geffen and Shlomi Shabat. The first season of the show was considered a great success in Israel and exceeded the rating predictions.