The second season of an Israeli reality program that films in Los Angeles ended recently, with its winner earning a record contract with Geffen Records.
Maya Buskila, a balladeer, won the competition, beating out five other Israeli singers to earn the recording contract with veteran music executive Ron Fair, who has helped launch the careers of artists such as Vanessa Carlton, the Black Eyed Peas and Christina Aguilera.
In the show, the six singers travelled to America, where they lived together in a Los Angeles area mansion. Cameras recorded their every movement, from vocal sessions to performing in front of a rotating judging panel to be evaluated week-to-week.
These singers were not just people off the street, however. They were well-known Israeli singers trying to achieve global stardom.
Additionally, the cast also was introduced to other shades of the entertainment industry, from trying out for TV and movie parts to launching a fashion line. This show sounds like it would be a home run over here.
More than 50 (!) episodes were broadcast for each season, which aired in Israel on Yes.
Last season's winner was rapper Alon De Loco, whose single "Go Loco" failed to break it big.
Can Buskila find the success that De Loco did not?
To see a video of the series, click here.