These Israeli rabbi brothers delivered the best talent show audition of the year

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Miles Klee


Published Oct 15, 2013   Updated Jun 1, 2021, 4:10 am CDT

What is it that makes talent-show TV so globally appealing? Probably performances like this one, which brings together supposedly disparate cultures with lots of feel-good fanfare: rabbi brothers Aryeh and Gil Gat, of Jerusalem, covering Simon & Garfunkel’s “The Sound of Silence.”

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The YouTube clip comes courtesy of Israeli reality program Rising Star, which has a novel format that’s bound to make it stateside sooner rather than later: judges and audience members alike electronically express their approval during an act and crossing a certain threshold of “likes” causes a screen to rise, revealing the musicians to their adoring fans.

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Anyway, this take on a classic is operating flawlessly, from the duo’s formal wardrobe and slight accents to their guitar work and pitch-perfect vocals. And still, 11 percent of viewers refused to give these guys their due for this heart-swelling feat? They ought to be opening for Flight of the Conchords or something.

Photo via yaniv gal/YouTube

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*First Published: Oct 15, 2013, 4:34 pm CDT