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Kippah-wearing teen from Illinois performs in ‘America’s Got Talent’ semifinals

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Edon Pinchot, a Jewish day school student who wears a kippah, was in the semifinals of “America’s Got Talent” on Aug. 28.

Pinchot, 14, of Skokie, Ill., was among 12 acts performing live on the popular NBC reality show before a a television audience of around 10 million. The second set of 12 semifinalists will perform Tuesday, Sept. 4.

Edon Pinchot
Edon Pinchot
Other semifinalists joining Pinchot, a singer and pianist, included singers, a dancer, a dog ventriloquist, an acrobat, a mind reader and a comedian.

Should enough TV viewers cast their votes for Pinchot, he will advance to the finals and a chance to take home the $1 million prize. He performed an audition in the Vegas round and in the quarterfinals to reach the semis. His kippah has made him a focal point for viewers.

Pinchot,  who is Sabbath observant and keeps kosher, is the fourth of five children and has been playing piano since he was 9. His grandmother, Ginger Pinchot of Silver Spring, Md., says 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 — Howie Mandel, Sharon Osbourne and Howard Stern — are Jewish.

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


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