<p>Ninet Tayeb (Hebrew: נינט טייב‎, also known just as Ninet or Nina) (born October 21, 1983, in Kiryat Gat, Israel) is an Israeli-pop rock singer and actress who came to fame as the first winner of Kochav Nolad (the Israeli version of Pop Idol). She is currently performing after the release of her second album, and stars in the Israeli version of Spring Awakening.
She is of Tunisian Jewish origin, the third of five children to her parents. She was raised in Kiryat Gat, where she started to sing in the local youth center. Because of her humble background, she was tagged a Cinderella story. She's nicknamed Nina by her friends and family.
During her IDF service she auditioned to the first season of "Lo Nafsik Lashir - Kokhav Nolad, then still a format under development. Much earlier to her win, Israeli media embraced the Cinderella of the show and crowned her the star. The audience did not disagree - Tayeb was in the lead all throughout the season and eventually won the competition with almost half of the votes. Her winning performance was an emotional rendition of Zohar Argov's classic Mizrahi song "Yam Shel Dma'ot" (A Sea of Tears). At the semi final she sang a song by Hayehudim,</p>