I’m a huge Nancy Ajram fan so when Arab Idol started broadcasting and she was in the jury, I was really happy. Ever since the Lebanese number one’s smash hit Ah wa noss in 2004, I’ve forced people to perform singalong to her songs in parties.
In Arab Idol 2013 young boys and girls from all over the Arab World compete about the prestigous award, and traditional music blend with modern pop. A young girl performs a song to her hometown Agadir, Morocco in a wailing voice; a Tunisian boy sings accompanied by traditional bells.
In one episode a girl and a boy from Iraqi Kurdistan perfoms a song each in Arabic, obviously not their mother tounge – especially the girl speaks broken Arabic. When presenting themselves the young boy say they are from “Northern Iraq”, probably to avoid tensions since many Arab states doesn’t accept the independent region of Kurdistan. The jury positively encourages the two, and they move on to the next level of the audition, have a look:
What I really like with Arab Idol is not only Nancy Ajram, it’s the kind and polite way the judges treat the participants. Many talent shows makes a point out of humiliating the participants – Arab Idol is not one of them. I also like how the show makes people from all of the MIddle East unite, despite ongoing political conflicts. Music has a way of bringing people together, and Arab Idol takes the much used concept of talent shows to a new and higher level.
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