“For me, Edon, is the chosen,” said Howie Mandel, one of the three judges on NBC’s hit reality television show.
“Did you get a standing ovation at your Bar Mitzvah?” asked Mandel after Edon’s performance.
“One of the chosen,” said host Nick Cannon.
Howard Stern, the second judge to place a vote, said that while Pinchot’s age worked against him in certain instances, he nonetheless decided to vote for him.
“You nailed every single note. You did a great job. You just are humble, you’re nice and I love that about you. America is going to fall in love with you,” Stern said.
Pinchot, dubbed the “Jewish Justin Beiber”, performed the song “Titanium”, created by David Guetta and Sia, in the quarterfinals of the competition.
While Sharon Osborne did not officially get to vote for Pinchot or his competitor, Todd Oliver, she did not hold back her opinion.
“Absolutely, without a shadow of a doubt in my mind, I would have voted for Edon,” she said.
“You hit every single note. You sang with great emotion,” Osbourne added.
Bummer. He didn’t make the cut.
Times of Israel – 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.