Jews Got Talent 2020 - Meet our Finalists

21 Feb 2020

Jews Got Talent 2020
In anticipation of an emotional evening of great entertainment for the community this Sunday, 23 February, we bring you the people behind the nine sensational acts who will go head to head to compete for the title of Jewish Care’s Jews Got Talent 2020.

There is a celebrity line up on the judging panel with legendary music promoter, Harvey Goldsmith CBE, Geoff Posner, Producer and Director of TV hit series Little Britain and Come Fly With Me, Francine Lewis, actress, impressionist and Britain’s Got Talent finalist 2013 and Richard Ferrer, Editor of the Jewish News. The evening will be hosted by Ivor Baddiel, writer for The X Factor, Britain’s Got Talent, and scripted the Baftas and National TV Awards.

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Jews Got Talent Finalists Biographies

Charlotte Kurash- Classical Singer
Age: 16
School - JCoSS
Do you belong to a shul – if so which one? Barnet United Synagogue
What makes your act different from others? - my act is different because I am a classical singer not a pop artist.
How long have you been performing for? 12 Years
What motivated you to audition for JGT? I have a Jewish mother!
Do you think you can win? I do think that I am able to win but for me, the performing in front of an audience is the best reward.
What’s the big dream? To get a music degree and use my music to help and entertain others.

Suzanne Noble - Jazz Singer
Age: 58
Occupation - Co-Founder of social enterprise Advantages of Age
Do you belong to a shul – if so which one? Lapsed member of Liberal Jewish Synagogue
What makes your act different from others? - I perform jazz and a very particular style of blues from the 20-40s taking my audience on a musical journey.
How long have you been performing for? I was a session singer and performed with a band in my 20s. I returned to singing semi-professionally in 2018.
What motivated you to audition for JGT? I thought it would be fun and make my parents proud. ;)
Do you think you can win? If I didn't think I could win, I wouldn't have auditioned. I hope everyone feels this way.
What’s the big dream? Hollywood or day job alongside your talent? I'm currently enjoying performing around London with my pianist George Webster and getting back to singing in front of an audience again. At the moment our ambition is to get a booking agent and start playing bigger venues such as the Pheasantry, Crazy Coqs and the 606 Club.

Rosalyn Miller - Comedy Song
Age:   34
Occupation: GP (Family doctor)
Do you belong to a shul – if so which one? Barnet United Synagogue
What makes your act different from others? I have written an original comedy song and am accompanying myself on the piano. I think that is something out of the ordinary. If there is another redhead playing the piano and singing comedy songs, I'd really love to meet her!
How long have you been performing for? I have performed since I was a kid. My childhood highlight was playing King Ahasuerus in the Chanukah play when I attended Wolfson Hillel Primary School and things grew from there.
What motivated you to audition for JGT? My mum told me to audition.
Do you think you can win? I would love to win but I'm sure I will be up against very talented competition. Mainly I hope people will enjoy my performance and relate to the song about Jewish parents.
What’s the big dream? Hollywood or day job alongside your talent? I'd love to finish the musicals I am writing and see them being performed. I am releasing my new pop music EP on Spotify and it would be amazing to hear my songs on the radio and to be able to do regular gigs.

 

Francesca - Dancer
Age: 9 years old
School: Frith Manor Primary School
Do you belong to a shul – if so which one? Mill Hill East Synagogue
What makes your act different from others? It’s unique because Francesca does her own choreography on all her dances!
How long have you been performing for? Since she was 3 years old
What motivated you to audition for JGT? Thrives on challenge and her mummy made her audition:)
Do you think you can win? Absolutely - miracles happen!
What’s the big dream? Hollywood or day job alongside your talent? Definitely Hollywood!

 

Double Twist Dance Company
Ages 20-30
Occupations Dancer and Choreographers.
What makes your act different from others? We tell a story through movement.
How long have you been performing together for? The company was formed in 2013; some of the dancers in this piece have been in the company since it started, and some are new to the company.
What motivated you to audition for Jews Got Talent? We want to find theatre opportunities and promote the company and what we do.
Do you think you can win? Yes, we believe we can win this competition as we are unique and different. We tell a story through our bodies and we believe we are the only act to do this in this competition.
What’s the big dream? We would love to have the opportunity to perform our ballet contemporary production in other top theatres in London.

Joel Felsenstein - Drummer
Age: 27
Occupation: musician and drum tutor
Do you belong to a shul – Borehamwood and Elstree United
What makes your act different from others? Drums isn’t a common instrument you don’t see many drummers in talent shows but it’s easy to learn
How long have you been performing for? I’ve been performing for 20 years
What motivated you to audition for JGT? I want to inspire others to learn the drums
Do you think you can win? The competition will be tough with loads of talented people here, but I think I have a chance like everyone else. However, for me it’s not about fame or winning it’s always about the audience and if they enjoy it then that’s what empowers me to keep going.
What’s the big dream? Having been to California I do see myself in Hollywood being a professional musician. I am also setting up my own business to do with the creative industries and help people that are maybe autistic, have ADHD or just a regular person who needs that extra help in pursuing their dreams in any of the fields of the creative industries.

 

Neil Ben - Comedian
Age Young enough to still have my own teeth… old enough to know better…. I'll be 57 by the time of the final.
School/Occupation: Yes, I went to school and I occupy myself… I also happen to be a BAFTA Nominated Producer/Director
Do you belong to a shul – if so which one? No, although I used to go to Belmont.
What makes your act different from others? I’m in it…! As far as I know I am not in any of the other acts.
How long have you been performing for? I don’t feel I’m a performer, I just stand on stage chatting and telling stories to the audience and most of the time they laugh… The first time I appear on stage was as tree in a school play aged 7, so I guess nearly 50 years.    
What motivated you to audition for JGT? I felt the Jewish community deserved to see my comedy… After all, they’re used to suffering.
Do you think you can win? I certainly have a talent…what for I am not sure…whether the judges prefer it to that of a 4 year old singer, or a teenage dance troupe I have no idea, but I’ll give it my best shot.
What’s the big dream? Hollywood or day job alongside your talent? I have written a romantic comedy feature film that I hope one day to have produced… If anyone has a spare £5,000,000 they want to invest, this film has the potential to make a massive difference in the world.


Joel Brahams - Singer
Age: 11
School: JCoSS
Do you belong to a shul – if so which one? New North London Synagogue
What makes your act different from others? I am told that I sing with an unusual amount of emotion for a boy my age. I have been known to move adults to tears when they hear me sing.
How long have you been performing for? I have been performing since I was two. I started singing ballads when I was three, I remember singing Rolling in the Deep by Adele.
What motivated you to audition for JGT? The thing that motivated me to audition was how I thought it could boost my career in the Jewish community.
Do you think you can win? Yes, because there are not that many boys my age singing songs of my musical genre.
What’s the big dream? Absolutely Hollywood! I am aiming for the top. I will know that I have done what I set out to do when my picture is on the walls of L’Artista in Golders Green!

 

Linda Josephs & Helen Abrahami – Comedy
Age: Linda Josephs 69 & Helen Abrahami 68… although both act as 35 year olds!
Occupation: Linda is a marketing and sales whizz and Helen is a Secretary/P.A.
Do you belong to a shul – if so which one? Edgware United Synagogue.
What makes your act different from others? Our act which is very comic also taps into reality which people can associate with. It is an art in which Linda and Helen manage to complement each other. It is excellent for its timing and content, with Helen’s knack to choreograph and direct.  
How long have you been performing for? We have performed together over the years and known each other since our early 20s. We both performed in Edgware Synagogue Players at Edgware United Shul with situation comedies and musicals. We are members of Grosvenor Players performing Murder Mysteries at Edgware, Yeshurun and Kenton shuls.
Do you think you can win? We work very well together and think we could just win.
What’s the big dream? The big dream for both of us is to be on the stage and act. Hollywood would be nice because as Brits we would be appreciated there for true English comedy, being able to do almost any accent or character.

 Good luck to all of our finalists!