The Shmooze

Edon Pinchot Steals Show — Again

By Hannah Rubin

  • Print
  • Share Share

Singing alongside a talking dog and nude glittery dancers, Edon Pinchot did it again. Performing to a standing ovation, the ‘Jewish Justin Bieber’ stole the show in the semifinal round of America’s Got Talent.

After the clapping (and shrieking girls) had died down, Judge Howie Mandel proclaimed Pinchot “the best singer of the competition” with a performance that was both “amazing” and “beautiful.”

Sharon Osbourne gushed as well. “I thought the song choice was spot on. You put in everything. It was perfect.”

Even Howard Stern, whose excessively ornery demeanor draws parallels to American Idol’s Simon Cowell, had something nice to say. “I imagine a lot of 13-year old girls are going to be voting for you,” he commented, before quickly adding in that he personally found himself to be “a little bit bored.” The comment was greeted by a theater full of booing.


Edon, 1st Semifinal ~ America's Got Talent 2012 by HumanSlinky

Though it wasn’t the “other side” of him that he promised in the preface to his performance, it was still good.

Crinkling his eyes as his fingers melted across his piano, Pinchot crooned One Direction’s “What Makes you Beautiful” with real verve. There was no doubt that he was the best singer on the stage. And even if he wasn’t, he has already won the hearts of ‘tween girls worldwide. It will be interesting to see who makes it to the final show.

Pinchot, who wears a kippa, is from Skokie, Ill., outside Chicago. He will be starting high school soon at the Ida Crown Jewish Academy in Chicago.

Another funny Jewish moment happened later in the show, during the performance of Joe Castillo, an installation art performer. His act, a huge sand art piece, featured morphing images that ended up as two pious faces, presumably Jesus and a child. Stern inquired as to whether it was Jesus, to which Howie blurted out apologetically, “Howard is Jewish. He doesn’t recognize Jesus.”

Howard quipped back, “Oh, I know Jesus. Jesus was Jewish!” The judges continued to bicker for a few minutes afterward.

The results of tonight’s competition don’t come out until today, but we are crossing our fingers that Edon made it in the top three cut. The 24 finalists have been split into two battles, and the 3 finalists of each round (total of six) will compete against each other in the final showdown. The winner gets to headline at the Venetian hotel in Las Vegas.

We at the Shmooze are dreaming of being able to wrestle with 14-year-old girls to get tickets to hear Pinchot sing live.


Permalink | | Share | Email | Print | Filed under: justin bieber, jewish, edon pinchot, america's got talent

The Jewish Daily Forward welcomes reader comments in order to promote thoughtful discussion on issues of importance to the Jewish community. In the interest of maintaining a civil forum, The Jewish Daily Forwardrequires that all commenters be appropriately respectful toward our writers, other commenters and the subjects of the articles. Vigorous debate and reasoned critique are welcome; name-calling and personal invective are not. While we generally do not seek to edit or actively moderate comments, our spam filter prevents most links and certain key words from being posted and The Jewish Daily Forward reserves the right to remove comments for any reason.




Find us on Facebook!
  • Angelina Jolie changed everything — but not just for the better:
  • Prime Suspect? Prime Minister.
  • Move over Dr. Ruth — there’s a (not-so) new sassy Jewish sex-therapist in town. Her name is Shirley Zussman — and just turned 100 years old.
  • From kosher wine to Ecstasy, presenting some of our best bootlegs:
  • Sara Kramer is not the first New Yorker to feel the alluring pull of the West Coast — but she might be the first heading there with Turkish Urfa pepper and za’atar in her suitcase.
  • About 1 in 40 American Jews will get pancreatic cancer (Ruth Bader Ginsberg is one of the few survivors).
  • At which grade level should classroom discussions include topics like the death of civilians kidnapping of young Israelis and sirens warning of incoming rockets?
  • Wanted: Met Council CEO.
  • “Look, on the one hand, I understand him,” says Rivka Ben-Pazi, a niece of Elchanan Hameiri, the boy that Henk Zanoli saved. “He had a family tragedy.” But on the other hand, she said, “I think he was wrong.” What do you think?
  • How about a side of Hitler with your spaghetti?
  • Why "Be fruitful and multiply" isn't as simple as it seems:
  • William Schabas may be the least of Israel's problems.
  • You've heard of the #IceBucketChallenge, but Forward publisher Sam Norich has something better: a #SoupBucketChallenge (complete with matzo balls!) Jon Stewart, Sarah Silverman & David Remnick, you have 24 hours!
  • Did Hamas just take credit for kidnapping the three Israeli teens?
  • "We know what it means to be in the headlines. We know what it feels like when the world sits idly by and watches the news from the luxury of their living room couches. We know the pain of silence. We know the agony of inaction."
  • from-cache

Would you like to receive updates about new stories?




















We will not share your e-mail address or other personal information.

Already subscribed? Manage your subscription.