Fans insist on showing Milhim Zein their support
The elimination of Lebanese contestant Milhim Zein from the Lebanese satellite channel Future television most popular show Superstar had caused a great chaos to breakout in Lebanon and other areas around the Arab world. Viewers refused to accept that Milhim was voted out of the contest, especially since he was the one whom everyone thought would was most suited for the title and would surely win, but on the final episode the winner was Jordanian contestant Diana Karazone.
According to the London based Elaph, a group of fans who wanted to show Milhim that he is their Superstar created a special website for the singer that contains a biography of Milhim in addition to other information related to him. The site will also contain a collection of photos of Milhim taken while on the show Superstar and will be updated with the latest news of the singer.
Milhim revealed that despite the fact that he did not win the title Superstar, he will continue the steps in his music career and is currently preparing for his first release. It was added that Milhim's new album will feature a collection of songs all sung in the Lebanese accent.
On the day of Milhim's elimination from the show, crowds of angry Lebanese mobbed the Future television studio in Beirut to protest. The unexpected and shocking announcement caused for an uncontrollable chaos to take place with fans of the singer refusing to accept that Milhim is out of the competition.
Many believe that the decision was changed at the last minute, especially since in the previous episodes of the show the Syrian contestant had received the least amount of votes and was most probable of being eliminated. Diana and Syrian Rwaida Attieh, both women, remained to compete for the crown. Both women had fainted in the tumult and were taken to hospital after fans of Milhim began storming to the stage where they were sitting trying to assault them for the unjust act of eliminating him.
Ali Jaber, executive manager of the competition sponsor Future TV, said Zein had lost in a fair contest judged by viewers who voted by phone, Internet and text message. Witnesses said clashes erupted in the studio after viewers voted Zein out of the semi-final round of the televised contest. A mob of Lebanese vented the fury outside the studio and in front of the hotel where the contestants were staying. "With our blood and souls, we sacrifice for you Milhim," the protesters chanted, waving pictures of the defeated singer. –Albawaba.com
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