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Birth nameRotem Shefy
Also known asShefita
Born1984 (age 34–35)
Karmiel, Israel
  • Singer
Years active2011–present

Rotem Shefy (Hebrew: רותם שפי‬; born: 1984), also known by her stage name Shefita (Hebrew: שֵׁפִיטָה‬), is an Israeli singer and voice actress. As Shefita, Shefy portrays an Arab diva, who has risen to fame by producing cover versions to famous rock songs like Radiohead's Karma Police and Nirvana's Lithium.[1] Her cover renditions have an Arabic musical influence.

Shefita was a contestant on Israel's Rising Star television show, in its 6th season, and competed to represent Israel in the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest. She came in at 3rd place in show's season final which aired on February 12, 2019.[2]

Early life[edit]

Rotem Shefy was born in the Israeli town of Karmiel to a Jewish family,[3] her father is of Ashkenazi background and her mother is of Yemenite origin.[4] In highschool, she majored in theatre and film. In 2002, she joined the Israeli Defense Forces and served as lead singer in a Israel Air Force Ensemble until 2004.[5][3] After her army service, Shefy studied at Rimon Music School[3] and majored in voice and composition.

Shefy studied voice-acting at NLS studios and provided her voice to shows such as Kid and Cat and Pokémon and to films such as Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, The Princess and the Frog and Arthur and the Invisibles.

In 2011, Shefy began to perform with a band and her original material.

Music career[edit]

Her stage persona, Shefita, incorporates many characteristics of a diva; She wears heavy makeup, wears stylish evening gowns and jewelry and walks with a stylish cane. She was supposedly born in Dubai and claims from time to time that Kurt Cobain was her lover who made her vow to sing a cover version to one of his songs before dying in her arms.[6]

In April 2013, she released a cover version of Radiohead's Karma Police.[7]

In July 2015 she released a cover version of Nirvana's Lithium.[6] In August of the same year, she released a cover version of Naomi Shemer's Aleph Bet.[8]

In November 2016, she was selected by Tel-Aviv municipality to perform the theme song and official video clip to the annual pride events in Tel-Aviv. She would go on to perform a cover of Aerosmith's Pink. That same month, she covered You Oughta Know by Alanis Morissette who responded on her Twitter account saying it was "Beautiful".[9]

In January 2017, she appeared in an Israeli commercial for Hummus.[10]

In late 2018, she began her participation on the sixth season of Rising Star and secured her place in the show's final which aired on February 12, 2019. She finished in 3rd place.[11]

In January 2019, Shefita got an impersonation on the popular Israeli show Eretz Nehederet.[12]

In February 2019, she took part in production of the debut album He-Storia by Israeli band The Herzls.

External links[edit]


  1. ^ Shif, Einav (20 January 2017). "Original Fake" (in Hebrew). Ynet. Retrieved 10 February 2019.
  2. ^ "Israeli Singer Kobi Marimi Chosen to Represent Israel at Eurovision Song Contest". Haaretz. 12 February 2019.
  3. ^ a b c Sommer, Allison Kaplan (12 February 2019). "Israelis May Be About to Choose a PR Nightmare to Represent Them at Eurovision". Haaretz.
  4. ^ Steinberg, Jessica (30 January 2019). "Shefita charms and annoys, and seems poised to be Israel's next 'Rising Star'". The Time of Israel.
  5. ^ Rotem Shefy CV
  6. ^ a b "Nirvana gets the Mideastern treatment". The Times of Israel. 2 July 2015. Retrieved 10 February 2019.
  7. ^ Polonsky, Alex (26 April 2013). "Why Everybody's Talking About the Middle Eastern Version of Karma Police" (in Hebrew). Walla!. Retrieved 10 February 2019.
  8. ^ "Shefita Goes Back to School" (in Hebrew). Mako. 30 August 2015. Retrieved 10 February 2019.
  9. ^ "Bitter Oriental Pill: New Diva Shefita in a New Video Clip" (in Hebrew). Reshet. 16 November 2016. Retrieved 10 February 2019.
  10. ^ Shefita's Version of Humustina on YouTube
  11. ^ Sharon, Matan (27 January 2019). "Showering Yes's: Judges Insist on Shefita" (in Hebrew). Mako. Retrieved 10 February 2019.
  12. ^ "Shut Up! Shefita Comes to Eretz Nehederet" (in Hebrew). Mako. 30 January 2019. Retrieved 10 February 2019.