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Region's woes take centre stage as refugee becomes 'Arab Idol'

Region's woes take centre stage as refugee becomes 'Arab Idol'



The three finalists (L - R) Palestinian Mohammed Assaf, Syrian Farah Yousef and Egyptian Ahmed Jamal wait for the results as they stand on stage during the Season 2 finale of "Arab Idol" in Zouk Mosbeh area, north of Beirut June 22, 2013.

BEIRUT (Reuters) - The finalists of "Arab Idol" were as glamorous as Hollywood stars in their tuxedos and evening gowns, but their real lives couldn't be further from the bright lights of the stage.

The three hopefuls hailed from Syria, Egypt and the Palestinian territories - some of the world's most troubled and unsettled countries.

Palestinian Mohammed Assaf, crowned the winner on Saturday night, grew up in a refugee camp in the Gaza strip. He spent hours at border crossings and had to climb the studio's back fence to arrive in time to secure a spot in the competition.

"Spreading the words of young people and watching them achieve their dreams - this is much better than the sounds of gunfire that we are getting used to hearing in Palestine, Syria and around the Arab world," said a beaming Assaf after his win.

In Beirut, where the competition was held, outdoor cafes put up big screens and the sound of 24-year-old Farah Youssef's voice drifted down streets.

Youssef, from Syria, braved a treacherous terrain of gunmen and checkpoints to reach neighbouring Lebanon to sing on stage.

Aspiring stars from Morocco to Bahrain competed for a chance at a record deal in the second season of "Arab Idol". Across the region, audiences had been glued to their TV sets to watch the contestants, singing a mix of traditional Arab folk tunes and bubbly pop pieces, whittled down to the final three.

The show also proved a platform to air political and social statements.

"No one in the region talks about anything other than wars or Arab Idol," said Lebanese judge Ragheb Alama.

"These are the real ambassadors to these countries. With the regime changes happening in Arab countries, they are a spot of light amid the growing dark shadows."



Parwaz Hussein, a semi-finalist from Iraq's Kurdistan region, drew objections from some of the judges after listing her country as "Kurdistan". She began the competition singing Kurdish songs though she later switched to Arabic.



Numbering more than 25 million, the non-Arab Kurds are often described as the world's largest ethnic group without a state.

Egyptian finalist Ahmed Gamal said the show had opened up room for discourse. "Arab Idol has offered us more than any politician has," he said. "That might be an important message."



In one of her final performances before the vote, Youssef surprised judges with a piece traditionally sung by men. She belted out "Songs of Aleppo", evoking memories of the ancient city before it was divided by conflict.



The young woman in a glittering emerald gown is a government supporter from Syria's minority Alawite sect, but has brushed off sectarian slurs and complaints she should not be competing for fame as her country is racked by a civil war that has claimed more than 93,000 lives.

"Our country is in pain, it doesn't need more people to cry for it, it needs people to bring it pride," she said.















Very inspiring
It's good to see people during hard times and from troubled places who work hard for what they want and many people come together and celebrate.
There is hope in the Middle East for a better future




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Well an eye candy won a reality competition in Arab. What's new?
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Yeah exactly he's a hottie Good choice Arabia.
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Well an eye candy won a reality competition in Arab. What's new?
The program is running during a very difficult time in the Arab world but its popularity is huge.
All three finalists come form countries going through hard times (Palestine, Syria, Egypt).
And there is a lot of politics going on around it like the Iraqi Kurdish girl who is representing the Kurdish people in an Arab program and supporting independent Kurdistan.
It was a mix of entertainment and politics.

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Yeah exactly he's a hottie Good choice Arabia.
His voice is great. Well deserved.

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Re: Region's woes take centre stage as refugee becomes 'Arab Idol'

Thankfully it all ended well.

Just wondering if the contestants just sings Arabic songs only? Anyone sings any Western music?
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Very inspiring
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Thankfully it all ended well.

Just wondering if the contestants just sings Arabic songs only? Anyone sings any Western music?
In rare occasions they sing in other languages.



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In the Arabic version of The Voice they sing a lot in English and French but Arabic is still the main language.


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In rare occasions they sing in other languages.



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In the Arabic version of The Voice they sing a lot in English and French but Arabic is still the main language.

They're actually pretty good. I like how they infuse some Arabian sound into these kind of soulful songs. But they surely do have to mash-up their own Arabic song to the Western music, isn't it? or else they won't have the support?

And I think I found out why that eye candy is the winner.

Singing boy band song for Idol competition.
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I love the vibrato here. Reminds me of those prayers from the nearby mosque. Just no music.
and I have a feeling that those female judges get their make-up inspiration from Joan Rivers.
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They're actually pretty good. I like how they infuse some Arabian sound into these kind of soulful songs. But they surely do have to mash-up their own Arabic song to the Western music, isn't it? or else they won't have the support?
Not really.
There is a huge difference between singing in Arabic and other language like English or French and it takes a lot of talent to be good at both. That's why a lot of contestants in The Voice like to mash-up songs and do different styles to be better.

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It's more obvious on TV/clips than on photos. I guess it's not the make-up actually, something else. I'm sure they watch Fashion Police in the Arab too.
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He is worthy winner but Parwaz has the biggest potential/talent imo. She couldn't sing at her full potential because arabic isn't her first language unlike the others. She sings MUCH better in Kurdish and that was pretty obvious. She can barely speak arabic yet made the top 5. She worked really hard to sing in arabic but still her singing in Kurdish was on another level. Wish she made the top 3 but it wasn't meant to be.


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He is worthy winner but Parwaz has the biggest potential/talent imo. She couldn't sing at her full potential because arabic isn't her first language unlike the others. She sings MUCH better in Kurdish and that was pretty obvious. She can barely speak arabic yet made the top 5. She worked really hard to sing in arabic but still her singing in Kurdish was on another level. Wish she made the top 3 but it wasn't meant to be.
She was truly amazing in Kurdish but her winning would've caused a lot of controversy because of the language barrier.

Loved the performance with her husband of his own Kurdish song.



Her audition was also one of the best.


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