In February 2013 the notices went up announcing auditions for X-Factor Israel. The first stage of auditions were in front of the show producers and they approved those who would go on to audition in front of an audience of 10,000 and the 4 judges. These were the most talented, the least talented and the strangest - something that makes for an interesting television episode where laughs are as important as gasps of astonishment at the amazing talents that had not yet been discovered in our midst.
The judges accepted 80 promising singers to continue on to the bootcamp stage. Following the bootcamp, the 80 auditioned again in front of the judges and 20 were selected to continue. These were divided into four groups, each judge taking one group: female singers, male singers, groups, and older singers (over 25).
Come join me for a wrap-up of the season as we move toward the grand finale. I put this article together on December 30, with 7 competitors still in the running. I will update as we go.
UPDATE ADDED: 6 January 2014
DRAMATIC UPDATE: 8 January 2014 - is X-Factor Israel rigged?
FINALS UPDATE: 14 January 2014 - the winner!