Arab tears drew views as over a million flocked to watch their idol's final bid. When it all got too much, the Jordanian soulful entry who sang for more than one homeland (Kuwait and Palestine nothwithstanding) sobbed his heart out.
The number of viewers who scrambled to view this public display of emotion has been sky-high. Those who missed the show, or wanted a second glimpse of the man-tears stoked by the TV contest, watched the YouTube video of the Jordanian “Arab Idol” star, Yousef Arafat crying. The figure of voyeurs has already exceeded one million.
Don't Cry For me, Jordan
The episode of “Arab Idol” that was aired by MBC last Friday showed the Jordanian contestant, Yousef Arafat, crying mid-performance to the tune of Lebanese singer Wael Kfouri. These tears may have swayed the jury over to the Jordan bid, as all three of them, Ragheb Alameh, Ahlam and music producer Hassan Al Shafei, climbed onto the stage to console the man.
Hundreds of “Arab Idol” viewers, who watched the clip, expressed their sympathy for Arafat (now out of the race), especially since rumors circulated as to the cause of his tearful exhibition. Some speculated that he cried after discovering that a girlfriend had married someone else, others decided that Arafat was suffering badly from a case of severe food poisoning that could have cost him his life; but was putting on a brave face and forcing himself to sing on in the spirit of good sportsmanship.
Arab Idol’s Facebook page announced that the Jordanian contestant was crying from over-exhaustion. However, he overcame his condition (whatever it may have been) to sing on Friday’s show.
Meanwhile, with the last leg of the race upon us, the show’s competitive fever intensifies between the Egyptian bet, Carmen Suleiman, and Morocco's hopeful, Dina Batmeh, especially ever since Syria's last chance, Nadia Manfoukh, fell, followed closely by the earnest Jordanian candidate, newly out of the running.