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    2017 Bay Area Israeli American Idol Contestants

    Amit Gross came to the U.S. when she was seven years old. She is a loving big sister to Eran and loves painting, video editing, playing the guitar and, of course, singing. You might recognize her as part of the "Caravalley" group which has performed at many local events. Amit started singing before she could talk and is happy to share her singing passion with everyone.


    Arya Vishin is 14 and a freshman at Homestead High School. She says, "I like reading, playing video games, photography and music. I've been singing since I was nine years old. I'm very excited to be here today and to sing for you."


    Melanie Fainshtroy
    was born in Israel and came to the U.S. three-and-a-half years ago. She states, "When I was younger, I loved dancing. I used to take ballroom dancing lessons and, since the age of five, have won many competitions. But recently, I realized that my true passion is singing and I started taking singing and guitar lessons. I sing all the time; when I'm taking a shower, before I go to sleep, even when I'm doing my homework. It helps me focus. My favorite singer's voice is Ariana Grande's. I'm working on my voice to sound as high as hers. I'm also a huge fan of Selena Gomez; that's why I chose one of her songs. I'm really glad I passed the auditions to this amazing Bay Area Israeli-American Idol competition and have the opportunity to sing with this fantastic band."


    Roy Ruppin is 11 years old and a 5th grader at Hausner Jewish Day School. He was born in Israel and moved to California at the age of six months, but is still an Israeli at heart. His singing ability was discovered when he was three; ever since Roy has participated in various local performances. Roy is also a talented tennis player. When not playing tennis, guitar or singing, he spends most of his time reading books and playing computer games. Roy is excited to participate in the Bay Area Israeli-American Idol competition and hopes to enjoy this great experience.



    Valerie Yarve is 10 years old. According to her, "Two of my favorite hobbies are tennis and volleyball. Singing is my passion, which I started when I was six. It all began when I was at a martial arts studio, where my dad and I practiced Hapkido and I needed to go to the restroom. While I was there, I started singing and when I came out everyone was smiling and looking at each other. Only a year later I found out that they had heard me. And that's how my passion for singing started."

    Yael Maoz
    is 13 years old. She says, "Music has always been a big part of my life. Ever since I was little, my parents have played all kinds of music around the house. Music has always helped me relax and express how I feel. From heavy metal to foreign to classical styles, it was always there during good times and bad. The time period didn't matter to me either; I wouldn't care if I listened to Etta James or Beyoncé, all it needed was a rhythm, a beat and some feeling and there you go.

    "The two songs I will be singing are by two artists who passed away less than a decade ago. These artists will live on through their music and the way it influences others. Music is something that lives with us, around us and in us and it will always stay that way."


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