Arab Israeli wins ‘Voice’ singing competition

Acre resident Lina Mahoul gets the largest number of votes from audience, beating Orthodox Ashdod native Ophir Ben-Shitrit

Yifa Yaakov is a breaking news editor at The Times of Israel.

A Christian Arab from Acre on Saturday became the first Arab contestant to win the popular television talent show “The Voice.”

Lina Mahoul, 19, beat out Ophir Ben Shitrit, an Orthodox girl from Ashdod, to win the second season of the series.

Mahoul sang Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” in the final episode of the program to clinch the win.

Throughout the season, she had been mentored by Israeli singer Shlomi Shabat, who chose her in a blind audition.

Last season of the show, developed from a Dutch format, Canadian-born immigrant Kathleen Reiter took home the win.

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