The Voice recap: contestants sing for survival in first live show
It might only seem like yesterday that nervous contestants were gearing up for the blind auditions but the end is now in sight for MBC's The Voice. This weekend, after weeks of whittling their teams down to just six contestants, the coaches sent their cream of the crop on stage to sing their hearts out. But for the first time the singers didn't just have to worry about impressing the coaches: they had to hit the right note with the audience as well.
This week host Mohammad Karim was given a helping hand from Yemeni starlet Arwa. And, making sure there was someone covering the off-stage drama, former Miss Lebanon Nadine Wilson Njeim was on the case catching up with contestants behind-the-scenes.
Beginning as they meant to go on, the finalists kicked off the first live show with an impressive group performance. As they took to the stage in front of the four coaches, the audience and thousands of viewers, the wannabe popstars used this as the first opportunity of the night to prove they can perform under pressure.
This weekend half of the coaches final teams battled it out for their place on the show: one contestant was saved by the public, the other by their coach, and the third sent packing.
First up for the live rounds was Saber Al Rubai's team. The audience chose to take popular Egyptian singer Samer to the next stage. And, after her "wonderful" rendition of 'Shofto Min Ba'eed', Saber eventually picked Moroccan star in the making Lamia Zaidi as his choice to bring forward.
In Assi Helani's corner, Murad Buriqi got the public's vote whilst Mori Hatem was given the 'Arab Knight's' vote of confidence. Many weren't surprised to see controversial contestant Ines Lattouf go home after viewers speculated that the Syrian songstress' voice had been the last thing on her flirty coach's mind when he picked her in the battle rounds.
The girls came out on top in Kazem Al Saher's team this weekend as Noor Arkosa and Ruba Khoury survived to sing another day leaving Syrian heartthrob Radwan Qutaish to pack his bags,
Last but certainly not least, feisty coach Sherine Abdel Wahab's contestants sung for survival. Shattering rumors that Sherine's team aren't up to scratch, Egyptian songstress Inge Amin wowed the audience with a performance that secured her place in the next round. Sherine was left with a tough choice between Yousry Mansour and Muhammad Adli but deciding to keep a masculine touch to her female-heavy team, the Egyptian superstar saved Muhammad.
As the other half of the coaches teams prepare to sing for survival on Friday they know their next performance could take them one step closer to victory or send them back to where they came from.
Did the right people make it through on Friday's show? What was the standout performance of the evening? And, is there a clear winner yet or is it still anyone's game? We want to know what you think - Share your comments below!