January 1, 2004 | Issue 8

When "Lai Lai Lai" Meets "Oy Oy Oy": "American Chazzan" Debuts on FOX

BROOKLYN, NY — [TheKnish.com] Somewhere out there is the next Mordechai Ben David or Michoel Streicher and a new reality show is working hard to find them. But one "American Chazzan" producer says some of these wanna-be pop princes are more like frogs!

The newest reality show by Fox is a nationwide talent search known as "American Chazzan," and kids from all over the country are coming direct to Sea Gate hoping to make it big on the show. (Sea Gate is well known for their Jewish pop-singer cloning program and is currently home to 84.5% of all famous Jewish singers.)

But if they're looking for easy let-downs, these would be Dedis, Yeedles and Miami Boys, have come to the wrong audition! How rough is it? Listen to these comments to pop star hopefuls by the show's judges: "You will never ever EVER have a career in singing, barking maybe. You can audition at the Westminster Dog Show." Want another? "I’ve shmecked dreck and I’ve heard you sing. Your singing is worse."

Harsh words from the mouth of sharp-tongued music mogul Shimon Cowell, recording artist Simcha Shlomo and producer Briski Yochman. The three serve as judges of the new show and are on the look out for the next singing sensation.

"American Chazzan" is a spin-off of the successful British show, "Pop Chazzan," where thousands of contestants compete for a major recording contract. Be sure to catch all the high notes when "American Chazzan" debuts next month.


Pencil Martin Bodek is short, dark, handsome, runs marathons (finishes them too!), can solve a Rubik's Cube in 1:47, is a big TED chasid, can whup your keister in Scrabble, loves halva, co-founded TheKnish.com, and writes books from 5-9: http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/mbodekatgmaildotcom


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