It’s almost the final countdown.
Throughout the region, Arabs are holding their breath in anticipation. But the collective suspense has nothing to do with F-16s. There’s no talk of no-fly zones. The only tears here will be shed after a perfect power ballad, rather than a run-in with the Turkish police.
Arab Idol’s into the final week and the three remaining contestants will clash this weekend,  carrying the hopes of nations on their shoulders. Even political leaders are tuning in.
Red hot favorite Mohammad Assaf has not only won the voters’ hearts, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has thrown his considerable weight behind the soulful crooner.
Then there’s the delightful Syrian Farah Yousef, whose charm campaign is driving Bashar al-Assad  to distraction, leaving wife Asma struggling to get a look in.
Even the Egyptian President’s a fan. Apparently Mohamed Morsi’s been following Ahmad Jamal’s progress all the way to the final. With the way that all Egyptians have united behind Ahmad, Morsi’s probably taking notes.
In fact, it wouldn’t be a bad idea if all the regional leaders took an evening off from politics this weekend and sat around the telly for some Arab Idol down time. Mansaf, non-alcoholic beer and sweet music - Geneva can wait.