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Israeli singer accused of skewing 'Idol' vote

Israeli singer accused of skewing 'Idol' vote

Prosecutors have accused a leading Israeli singer of skewing the vote while judging Israel's version of the "American Idol" singing contest.
Margalit Tzanani is accused of conspiring with crime kingpins to extort her manager and repaying them by advancing their interests in the entertainment industry.
The indictment, issued Monday, accuses her of voting for one contestant after a suspected crime boss instructed her to do so in a text message during the live broadcast.
Prosecutors say Tzanani also voted for another contestant after his relative _ an acquaintance of the alleged crime boss _ called her from prison to ask for the vote. The contestant won third place but is not a suspect in the case.