Ninet Tayeb (Hebrew: נינט טייב, also known as Ninette or Nina) (born October 21, 1983, in Kiryat Gat, Israel) is an Israeli-pop rock singer and actress who became widely known as the first winner of Kokhav Nolad (the Israeli version of Pop Idol). She is currently performing after the release of her fourth album.
Tayeb is of Tunisian and Moroccan Sephardic Jewish descent, the third of five children to her parents. She was raised in Kiryat Gat, where she started to sing in the local youth center. She was nicknamed Nina by her friends and family. Kokhav Nolad (Israel Idol): During her IDF service, Tayeb auditioned for the first season of "Lo Nafsik Lashir - Kokhav Nolad, then a format under development.
The Israeli media embraced her as a Cinderella story and named her the star, and she was in the lead all throughout the season. In the semifinal, she sang a song by Hayehudim, bringing mainstream attention to the veteran band. In the final, she performed Zohar Argov's classic Mizrahi song "Yam Shel Dma'ot" (A Sea of Tears), and won with almost half of the votes. She is the contestant with the longest-lasting and largest popularity after the show. She is usually invited to the grand finale of the show every year and introduced as the number one winner of the show.
After winning Kokhav Nolad, Teddy productions, the production company behind Kokhav Nolad, created a daily drama to capitalize on Tayeb's popularity. The show, HaShir Shelanu ("Our Song"), was loosely based on Tayeb's life, became a hit and ran through 4 seasons, with Tayeb starring as Ninet Levi for two seasons, and as herself for the remaining two.
In 2009 the movie "Kirot", a thriller directed by Danny Lerner, was released to theaters with Ninet is co-starring with Olga Kurylenko, playing a roll as a beaten woman avenging her abusing husband. In the United States this movie is known as The Assassin Next Door. In the summer of 2010, Ninet played the roll of Wendla Bergman on the Hebrew version of the rock musical "Spring Awakening" written by Frank Wedekind. Ninet was nominated for the Israeli Theatre Awards for best female actress of 2010.
In the summer of 2014 Ninet took part at the television series Zaguri Imperia. she was cast first for the lead part, but aventually played a smaller part a Lizzy, the neighbours daughter, due to the recordings of her fourth album at the time.