Chen Aharoni

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Chen Aharoni
חן אהרוני
Chen Aharoni.jpg
Background information
Born (1990-04-12) 12 April 1990 (age 26)
Origin Holon (Tel Aviv), Israel
Genres Pop
Years active 2007–present
Labels NMC Music

Chen Aharoni (in Hebrew: חן אהרוני‎‎) (also known as Chen and also transliterated as Hen Aharoni) (born in Holon, Israel on 12 April 1990) is an Israeli singer-songwriter, musician and television presenter


Kokhav Nolad (2007)[edit]

He came into fame after taking part in 2007 in season 5 of Kokhav Nolad (כוכב נולד meaning A Star Is Born) structured on the international Idol series. He was eliminated after a showdown with Shlomi Bar'el before the finals.[1] Aharoni finished 4th overall, with Bar'el ending up third. The 2007 title was won by Bo'az Ma'uda with Marina Maximilian Blumin as runner-up.

Solo career[edit]

After Kokhav Nolad, Chen Aharoni went on to sign a deal with the Israeli record label NMC Music and gaining popularity.

While Chen made musical performances throughout Israel, he started hosting TV show called "Ra'ash" (meaning noise in Hebrew) on the Israeli music channel Music 24 for 2 seasons.[2] In August 2008 he was drafted into the Israeli army (IDF).

In 2009, he started to release singles from his forthcoming debut album. The self-titled debut album Chen Aharoni (חן אהרוני) was released on 23 December 2010 and received critical acclaim.[3][4] Yedioth Ahronoth in its Entertainment Plus special supplement published on the occasion of the Hebrew New Year picked the album as one of the Top 10 best albums of the year 2010–2011 alongside names like Dudu Tasa, Berry Sakharof and Noam Rotem.

He has had many successful hits including No.1 on the Israeli singles chart with "Neshima" (נשימה) a duet with Israeli singer Esti Ginzburg. He reached No. 2 with his co-authored song "Kol ma SheRatziti" (כל מה שרציתי) and scored a second No. 1 hit in his career with "Mami" (מאמי), from the Israeli rock opera Mami.

On 26 June 2011, Chen's first single from his upcoming album was released. It was entitled "Holech Le'sham" (הולך לשם meaning: Go there) Chen's second album Nosea Rahok (נוסע רחוק) was released in October 2012 and got positive reviews. Three songs from this record have topped the 10 Israeli music charts. On 17 October 2012, Chen opened his official "Nosea Rachok Tour" that will tour all around Israel.

Kdam Eurovision (2011)[edit]

Aharoni performing during Kdam Eurovision 2011

On 8 March 2011, Chen Aharoni took part in the Kdam Eurovision selection contest finals[5][6] for the Israeli entry to the Eurovision Song Contest 2011 in Düsseldorf, Germany with the song "Or"[7] (אור meaning Light) written by Sahar Hagai and Nitzan Kaykov finishing fourth with 142 points, with Dana International winning the contest with 270 points with "Ding Dong".

The X Factor (2013)[edit]

In 2013 he entered the tenth series of the United Kingdom version of The X Factor.[8] In the room auditions of X Factor, he sang Taylor Swift's "I Knew You Were Trouble", got 4 yeses and reaching the Arena stage of live auditions, where he sang Take That song "Back for Good" mixed with Cher Lloyd's "Want U Back" as back track. He got 3 yes votes from Nicole Scherzinger, Sharon Osbourne and Louis Walsh, with Gary Barlow from Take That being the only dissenting vote. Aharoni reached the bootcamp stage, where he sang "Drive By" alongside candidates Lee Lambert and Ryan Davies. All including Aharoni were sent home by their mentor Louis Walsh. He failed to make it to "judges' houses" (final 24) with Walsh claiming that he was just OK, but not sufficient to be included in his category.

Following his elimination in the UK competition, it was announced later in 2013 that Chen will be hosting the Israeli version of The Xtra Factor (in Hebrew: מבזק האקס) on an Israeli channel.[9]

International album (2013–2014)[edit]

On 14 October 2013 Chen released his first English-language single "Crazy" for Pre-order on iTunes. The song picked to No. 3 on the Israeli songs chart and officially released on 20 October 2013. The follow-up single from the EP was "Love Suicide" that topped the iTunes downloads chart for a full week.

In popular culture[edit]

  • He was chosen for an anti-drug youth public awareness campaign by הרשות הלאומית למלחמה בסמים ואלכוהול.
  • For two seasons, he hosted "Ra'ash" (meaning noise in Hebrew), a TV show on the Israeli music channel Music 24.
  • He also took part in the Israeli version of the reality series Treasure Island ("אי המטמון").
  • Aharoni was picked as one of the Top 100 stars in Israel in the celebrity and lifestyle magazine Top 1 (in Hebrew ראש1). He was also picked in the Top 20 in Israeli daily Yedioth Ahronoth listing.

Personal life[edit]

On 22 June 2011 Chen Aharoni finished his military service in the Israeli Army (IDF) after being drafted in August 2008. During his military service, he served in the Armored Corps as injuries coordinator and instructor at a medical complex in Tel HaShomer. He also took part in the annual festival of the Friends of the Israel Defense Forces which is held in the Yarkon Park in Tel Aviv.




  • 2014: Crazy EP


Year Song Song title
(in Hebrew)
Writers ISR Album
2009 "Ba'Rehov"
In the street Sahar Hagai and Nitzan Kaikov 7 Chen Aharoni
2010 "Neshima"
(with Esti Ginzburg)
(עם אסתי גינזבורג)
Breathing Sahar Hagai and Nitzan Kaikov 1
"Boee boee"
בואי בואי
Come come Sahar Hagai and Nitzan Kaikov -
"LaAvor Et HaPahad"
לעבור את הפחד
To move on the fear Tom Rahav and Ran Haros 15
"Kol ma SheRatziti"
כל מה שרציתי
All I ever wanted Chen Aharoni and Meital Patash-Cohen 2
2011 "Or"
Light Sahar Hagai and Nitzan Kaikov - Non-album release
"Holech Le'sham"
הולך לשם
Go there - Nosea Rahok (נוסע רחוק)
Sweetie 1
"Nosea Rahok"
נוסע רחוק
Driving Far DANGO and Chen Aharoni 5
2012 "Masheu Haser"
משהו חסר
Something is missing Eyal Shachar -
"5 Dakot"
חמש דקות
5 minutes Johnny Goldstein 7
2013 "Crazy"
Crazy Chen Aharoni and Roby Fayer 13 Crazy EP
2014 "Love Suicide" Love Suicide Dolem Ram & Chen Aharoni & Roby Fayer 13
2015 "Zarim"
Strangers Chen Aharoni 11
"Notenet Li Bait"
נותנת לי בית
Giving me home Chen Aharoni 2


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