The second to last episode of the music talent show “Star Academy” set forth a positive image of Lebanon and how the Lebanese people are full of life.
Lebanese singer Diana Haddad was supposed to be the guest of honor, but since the airport was closed in Beirut due to the crisis, the show had to invite Lebanese superstar Carole Samaha. Graduates of “Star Academy’s” previous season like Shatha Hasoon and Josef Atyeh also filled in spots.
During the episode before last the airport was still closed; therefore, no guest from outside of Lebanon could be invited and organizers of the show invited Lebanese singer Nawal Al Zoghbi who couldn’t turn them down.
According to the London daily Elaph, Nawal said that the Lebanese people will find a way to get through this rough time out of love for their country.
The Canadian Lebanese artist Masari managed to come to Lebanon to appear on the show, despite the crisis. He asked the Lebanese people to maintain peace.
Nawal performed her song “Albi Isaloh” (Ask My Heart) with the Egyptian contestant Shahinaz. Then she sang a remix of her song “Gheeb Ani Gheeb” (Stay Far Stay). Nawal then returned once more with Shahinaz to sing “Mishtalak” (I Miss You).
Masari and the contestant Nader performed the songs “Real Love,” “Say You Love Me” and “Be Easy.”
Nawal arrived the night before the show went on air with her three children. They sat among the audience during the show.
Nawal also filmed a video clip for her song “Sho Hal Alb” (What Kind Of Heart Is this) from her new album with the director Toni Qahwaji on the Academy stage. The song will be aired on LBC channel soon.