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Edon Pinchot given accolades, the boot

Jewish day school student wows fans and judges on ‘America’s Got Talent,’ but doesn’t advance to the finals

The terrific run is over for Edon Pinchot. The kippa-wearing Jewish day school student was eliminated after his performance in the semifinals of “America’s Got Talent” on Tuesday night.

Pinchot, 14, of Skokie, Illinois, was one of 12 acts to perform live on the popular NBC reality show. His rendition of “What Makes You Beautiful” by One Direction earned him a standing ovation from the crowd

One of the three judges, radio personality Howard Stern, had kind words for Edon but claimed that he was “a little bit bored by that song.” His comment was booed by the crowd and contradicted by his fellow judges.

Sharon Osborne, wife of Black Sabbath frontman Ozzy Osbourne, said: “I thought the song choice was spot on. You put in everything. It was perfect.”

The third judge, actor-comedian Howie Mandel said: “That was beau-ti-ful.” He added that he thought Edon was “the best singer in this competition.”

Pinchot, who observes the Sabbath and keeps kosher, is the fourth of five children and has been playing piano since he was 9 years old. His grandmother, Ginger Pinchot of Silver Spring, Md., said Edon is “very athletic. He’s one of the stars of his soccer team, and he’s also a straight-A student. He’s just kind of an all-around guy.”

The show’s three judges — Mandel, Osbourne and Stern — are Jewish.

Pinchot will be starting high school soon at the Ida Crown Jewish Academy in Chicago.

JTA contributed to this report.

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