A new hit TV show here in the Middle East is Arab Idol – the Middle East’s version of Britain’s wildly successful Pop Idol. Men and women from a variety of Arab countries, such as Egypt, Morocco, Jordan, Syria, and even Saudi Arabia, are competing for a chance at the title, singing traditional Arabic style songs. The show premiered on MBC (Middle East Broadcasting Corp) in December 2011 and has been heavily advertised every week.
Not surprisingly, the show has not been without controversy. Objecting to the use of the word “Idol” in the show’s title because it is contrary to Islamic beliefs, some of the region’s ultra-religious have been provoked into action, urging a boycott of the show. Shown above are the three main judges who are in the entertainment business. There are also two hosts of the show – both young and extremely good looking – an actor from Kuwait named Abdallah Tulehi and a model from Lebanon named Annabella Hilal.
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