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August 29, 2012 9:56 am

Standing Ovation for Kippa Bearing Edon Pinchot at America’s Got Talent Semi Final (VIDEO)

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Edon Pinchot at the America's Got Talent semi final. Photo: Screenshot.

Yarmalke bearing Jewish teen heartthrob Edon Pinchot, who has been labelled ‘ The Jewish Justin Bieber,’ received a standing ovation last night for his performance in the semi final of America’s Got Talent.

Responding to his rendition of What Makes You Beautiful by One Direction the crowd enthusiastically chanted his name following his impassioned performance.

“That was amazing” gushed judge Howie Mandel, “you are the best singer in this competition.”

Feedback from judge Howard Stern was less enthusiastic, “first of all, I imagine a lot of 13 year old girls are going to be voting for you, you’re a really cute kid.” Criticizing Edon’s song choice, he said, “I was a little bit bored by that song.”

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“You’re a great pianist, a great singer” said third judge Sharon Osbourne, “I felt the emotion.”

In the lead-up to his performance on the segment, Edon discusses how his life has changed since appearing on the show. “I’ve gotten a lot of messages from teenage girls” he says, “a few marriage proposals.”

In an exclusive interview with The Jewish Channel, Edon and his father Dov Pinchot discussed their initial concerns and decisions regarding entering the competition as an orthodox Jew.

“We we just thinking that if I was going to do this, I was going to do it with my kippa on, and we felt like it would kind of be an experiment to see if I could…pursue this career…with my kippa on,” said Edon.  “So far everyone has been really accepting of it,” he concluded.

“Our initial concerns were logistics and whether it could work, because obviously he doesn’t sing on the Sabbath,” said Edon’s dad. “I assumed that would be a huge issue for the show, and we actually sat down with them and went through the schedule initially, and it actually turned out that it wasn’t.”

Videos of Edon’s performance and his Jewish Channel interview are posted below. In the Jewish Channel video, the segment on Edon begins at 2:40.

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  • Liz Pinchot

    My Twitter profile is featured on this. The first one. I love Edon!

  • Gridlockmanifesto

    Aw, Edon is a great kid and it was funny to see him in the interview showing his reaction to getting two marriage proposals. It was also great to see his affectionate and supportive father there with him; an example to the rest of the World (who watches on the internet). My Dish coworker and I always discuss the episode, and I can’t wait for the results of the semifinals. I love AGT so much that I watch in the morning now that I can watch commercial free with Auto Hop. The PrimeTime Anytime recording is always there waiting for me so I watch the day after and still have time to get ready for work and get there on time.

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