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Eurovision Song Contest defends itself after Israeli band dropped out to avoid singing on the Sabbath

The Eurovision Song Contest is answering for itself after an Israeli band dropped out of the competition because it learned its members would be forced to work on the Jewish Sabbath.

The Shalva group says Wednesday it’s quitting Israel’s qualifying competition after the Eurovision organizers said it would make no exceptions for Israel’s ultimate winner. The competition is held on a Saturday night and the compulsory rehearsal falls on the Sabbath.

“All broadcasters commit to abide by the Contest’s rules when agreeing to participate. The rules state that each broadcaster will undertake to enter a national song and a Contestant that complies with the present rules. These rules include obligation of attendance across all rehearsals and live shows, for delegation members and contestants,” a spokesperson for Eurovision Singing Contest told Fox News in a statement.

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The spokesperson explained that any application by a broadcaster to waive these rules under mitigating circumstances must be run through the contest’s governing body and changes would be made at its discretion based on its impact on the other contestants.

“In this instance a change to the rules to exempt a Contestant from performing in both the Jury Final and the Grand Final dress rehearsal would involve disruption to the production schedule and compromise the fairness of the competition. It would also deny audiences in Tel Aviv the chance to see the home country’s participant perform in both shows,” the statement read. “For these reasons, the Reference Group felt that it would not be possible to grant KAN’s request.”

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Shalva, which has several members who are blind or have Down syndrome, has become a fan favorite and serious contender to sing Israel’s entry. Israeli critics say the Eurovision seems tolerant of all besides Orthodox Jews.

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The Eurovision final is on May 18. Israel earned the right to host the competition thanks to Netta Barzilai’s win last year with “Toy.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Bradley Cooper on singing ‘Shallow’ from ‘A Star Is Born’ live at the Oscars: ‘I’m sure I’ll be terrified’

Bradley Cooper admitted he may have a touch of stage fright when he sings live at the Oscars alongside Lady Gaga.

The actor and pop star will perform the song “Shallow” from their hit movie “A Star Is Born” at the 91st Academy Awards on Feb. 24, the organization announced last week.

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“I’m sure I’ll be terrified,” the actor told E! News in response to the news.

This isn’t the first time the duo has performed “Shallow” live, however. In late January, Cooper – who, aside from co-starring in the movie, also served as its director – and Gaga went viral after he took the stage at the singer’s show in Las Vegas, taking many fans by surprise.

“That was terrifying,” Cooper told E! News of the Vegas appearance. “I just had to like, Zen out and just pray that I wouldn’t ruin her show.”

“She just crushed it for two hours… and I thought, ‘Please, let me just be on pitch,’” he added.

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“Shallow” won Best Original Song at the 2019 Golden Globe Awards. It also received an Oscar nod in the same category.

“She just crushed it for two hours… and I thought, ‘Please let me just be on pitch.'”

— Bradley Cooper

Both Cooper and Gaga have been nominated for Best Actor and Best Actress, respectively, while “A Star is Born” also received an Oscar nod for Best Picture.

Little Mix singer Jesy Nelson under fire for singing R. Kelly’s ‘Ignition’ amid sexual misconduct scandal

Fans slammed singer Jesy Nelson of British girl group Little Mix after she posted a video singing and dancing to R. Kelly’s song “Ignition” amid Kelly’s sexual misconduct scandals.

Nelson, 27, posted a video of herself and a male friend dancing to a cover of the “Ignition” remix on her Instagram stories, with Nelson acknowledging the song, quipping, “Ignition! Ooh, R. Kelly!”

Sexual abuse allegations against Kelly, including accusations of sexual misconduct against minors, resurfaced this month after the airing of the Lifetime docuseries “Surviving R. Kelly.”

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Fans blasted Nelson for her insensitivity.

Jesy Nelson of Little Mix

Jesy Nelson of Little Mix

“LMAO AS IF WE NEEDED ANOTHER REASON TO CANCEL JESY NELSON,” one wrote, embedding the video.

Another remarked, “Jesy Nelson trending for all the wrong reasons. I’ve always been behind and defended her against trolls, I’m done.”

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“Yikes first jesy nelson posts a video of her white friend singin the n word and now a video of her bopping to r kelly? we stan little mix but she needs to either educate herself or delete her axcount,” another wrote.

The Little Mix singer hasn’t spoken out about Kelly, but other stars, including Kelly collaborators Chance the Rapper and Lady Gaga, have renounced the self-proclaimed Pied Piper of R&B.

A rep for Nelson did not immediately return a request for comment.

California teacher faces charges after forcibly cutting a student’s hair while singing anthem

This still image, taken from cellphone video recorded in the classroom, shows Margaret Gieszinger cutting a student's hair.

This still image, taken from cellphone video recorded in the classroom, shows Margaret Gieszinger cutting a student's hair.

(CNN)A California high school teacher has lost her job and is facing multiple criminal charges after cellphone video emerged showing her forcibly cutting a student’s hair while belting out an incorrect rendition of the National Anthem.

Margaret Gieszinger, 52, a former teacher at University Preparatory High School in Visalia, faces six criminal misdemeanor charges — one count of false imprisonment, two counts of cruelty to a child, two counts of battery, and one count of assault. She could serve up to three and a half years in prison if she is convicted on all charges, according to the Tulare County district attorney’s office.
Cellphone video posted to Reddit on Wednesday shows Gieszinger call a male student student to the front of the class. She makes him sit, then cuts chunks of his hair while singing “The Star-Spangled Banner,” transposing verses as she sings.
The student moves away, and Gieszinger holds the scissors above her head, demanding that another student come to the front of the class. She can be heard telling students that someone will be chosen if no one volunteers. Gieszinger begins to sing again and darts between desks, lunging at a female student. Gieszinger pulls the female student’s long hair to the side as she attempts to cut it. The student yells at her to stop, then joins others fleeing the room.
    This still image from the cellphone video shows Gieszinger in the classroom.

    This still image from the cellphone video shows Gieszinger in the classroom.

    “He couldn’t believe what was happening,” said Mark Vogt, an attorney for the male student whose hair was cut by Gieszinger. “He, frankly, didn’t know what to do. He thought to himself ‘me or anybody else, she’s coming for someone else.’ And in the video, of course, we see that later. But he was absolutely terrified.”
    Witnesses told CNN affiliate KFSN that Gieszinger showed up to her first period chemistry class brandishing a pair of scissors and saying it was haircut day. As events unfolded, one student reportedly ran to the main office to ask for help.
    The Tulare County Sheriff's Office released Gieszinger's mugshot.

    The Tulare County Sheriff's Office released Gieszinger's mugshot.

    Students also told KFSN that this was not the first strange episode involving the teacher.
    The Tulare County Office of Education has made counselors from their mental health services program available to any students who need to talk. University Preparatory High School promises that Gieszinger will never return to its classrooms.
    “We take very seriously the safety of the students in classrooms,” the Office of Education said in a statement. “We are reviewing all available information and will take the most severe employment action appropriate.”
    Gieszinger was released from jail in Tulare County on Friday evening after posting $ 100,000 bail, according to KFSN. She has been ordered to stay at least 100 yards away from University Preparatory High School.
      Gieszinger’s husband told KFSN that the behavior shown in the cellphone video was completely out of character for his wife.
      “She doesn’t do stuff like that,” he told KFSN reporter Brian Johnson. “It’s not her. It’s not who she is. So I don’t know what was going on with her. I don’t have any clue as to why she did that.”

      Indiana school administrator goes viral after singing stunning National Anthem

      Whether Wesley Lee is in a school helping kids or at church on Sunday morning, you can be sure he’s doing one thing: singing.

      The Dickinson Fine Arts Academy staff administrator in South Bend, Indiana went viral after the community shared a video of him singing the Star Spangled Banner at a girls’ basketball game.

      “My simple gift to sing is just an avenue for God to allow me to impact the students and the families I come in contact with every day,” Lee told Fox News.

      He didn’t realize he was being recorded after being asked to sing the National Anthem at the last minute, but he found out pretty fast after people starting calling him and even had some stop him in Walmart, telling him, “I saw you on Facebook and I love your voice,” “You’re going to be on Ellen or Steve Harvey,” and especially after some of his students at the girls’ basketball game saw it live and gave him high praise.

      “I didn’t know he could sing,” 7th-grade student, Lorionna Burdine, told WSBT 22. “I was like ‘Wow! He’s really good!’”

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      Lee hopes to inspire confidence in the students he works with every day.

      “The attention is so cool, but what would really be cool is that some attention and resources could possibly come to the students and families in our fine arts school,” Lee added.

      For Lee, it’s all about reaching the next generation with whatever means necessary, especially for him, note-by-note.

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      “Church is where I learned about music and how it can change an atmosphere,” Lee said, “how music can bring you joy and comfort. I believe that God places you in places and allows your experience to fuel your purpose and destiny.”

      Indiana school administrator goes viral after singing stunning National Anthem

      Whether Wesley Lee is in a school helping kids or at church on Sunday morning, you can be sure he’s doing one thing: singing.

      The Dickinson Fine Arts Academy staff administrator in South Bend, Indiana went viral after the community shared a video of him singing the Star Spangled Banner at a girls’ basketball game.

      “My simple gift to sing is just an avenue for God to allow me to impact the students and the families I come in contact with every day,” Lee told Fox News.

      He didn’t realize he was being recorded after being asked to sing the National Anthem at the last minute, but he found out pretty fast after people starting calling him and even had some stop him in Walmart, telling him, “I saw you on Facebook and I love your voice,” “You’re going to be on Ellen or Steve Harvey,” and especially after some of his students at the girls’ basketball game saw it live and gave him high praise.

      “I didn’t know he could sing,” 7th-grade student, Lorionna Burdine, told WSBT 22. “I was like ‘Wow! He’s really good!’”

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      Lee hopes to inspire confidence in the students he works with every day.

      “The attention is so cool, but what would really be cool is that some attention and resources could possibly come to the students and families in our fine arts school,” Lee added.

      For Lee, it’s all about reaching the next generation with whatever means necessary, especially for him, note-by-note.

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      “Church is where I learned about music and how it can change an atmosphere,” Lee said, “how music can bring you joy and comfort. I believe that God places you in places and allows your experience to fuel your purpose and destiny.”