He's worth a million bucks: Saif al-Mansuri wins $1.2 mill for his majestic poetry
Winning is great, but winning for reciting beautiful words is even greater! One lucky - and talented - poet grabbed the whopping $1.2 million prize on offer by Abu Dhabi TV's "Million's Poet, making them the Arab world's next best poet.
Contestants were challenged to recite their best written "Nabati" poems on the traditional/modern reality talent show.
But it was 27-year-old Saif al-Mansuri from the United Arab Emirates who judges and the public thought was the next "Nizar Qabbani;" his words were truly worthy of this tremendous prize.
The other creative participants were from Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Oman, Bahrain, Egypt, Yemen, Iraq and Qatar.
But it's not as easy as just reading out a "good" poem; there's more to it than that. Contestants must write and read a poem no longer than 15 lines - much similar to the strict 140 character Twitter policy, which forces you to be precise as well as creative in such a tight space - while four judges vote on the poetry, presentation and body language of the poet!
Viewers at home can then vote for their fave poet via text message.
Most of the contestants, so far, have been men, but it was Hissa Hilal who took the third place in 2010.
The latest season of "Million's Poet" began back in February, with a show airing each week since.
The mastermind behind this great show is the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, whose plan was to promote poetry and culture in the countries in the Gulf region.
It was a big hit and that's why it's been going strong on for six seasons.
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