Image 1 of 9: Nancy Ajram: The only one in the top five album chart positions to be offered a judging position. The Lebanese lady with the high pitched child-friendly voice was thrilled to be given a go as fourth on the Arab Idol panel.
Image 1 of 9: Sherine Abdel Wahab: Charity case of the judging panel, so far the Egyptian singer has come close to the edge on virtually every episode of The Voice. Sitting next to such big names in singing, Sherine sticks out like a sore thumb.
Image 1 of 9: Haifa Wehbe: Left off ‘The Voice’ panel for being all hairspray and no talent, Haifa was only offered a presenter job. She was more than a little defensive about the demotion especially after rumors she’d been yoinked off the Arab Idol panel by Ragheb Alama.
Image 1 of 9: Wael Kfoury: While many an Arab girl will be swooning to his chart topping album, Lebanese ‘King of Romance’, Wael, is apparently not deemed good enough to be judging the voices of others. That or perhaps he is just too popular with the ladies for his own good.
Image 1 of 9: Elissa: She may have the best lips in the Arab world but the Lebanese lovely has had less success with her mouth. News came last month that the beauty had ‘sung in tune’. So she wont’ be judging anyone else’s voice any time soon then.
Image 1 of 9: Majida el Roumi: Too busy making peace to lower herself into the ranks of ‘Idol' or ‘Talent', Majida has strangely been left off the judging list. The woman who many consider to be the best singer in the charts is an odd exception.
Image 1 of 9: Ragheb Alama: Don't be fooled by the rocks that he got! The Arab Idol judge is a favorite among the Arab world and no one is disputing the quality of his voice. Our only question is: has Ragheb got too big for his boots? With a new perfume launch and European tour he seems more J-Lo than Umm Kulthum.
Image 1 of 9: Ahlam: She took herself out of the judging race after just one season of Arab Idol, claiming it would lower the ‘tension.’ No one was in the mood to disagree given how vicious the Dubai singing sensation has been on her social media pages in the past.
Image 1 of 9: Qusay Khader: When the Saudi rapper got a post on Arabs Got Talent much of the Middle East was baffled. Qusay was the first to admit that he was more famous as a co-host than he had ever been for his music, leaving us to wonder: exactly why was he a member of the presenting duo in the first place?
With the big three talent shows out in force, all eyes are on who will make judge this year. While ordinary viewers will be looking to the quirky contestants and great singing voices, Arab celebrities are squinting for any spare chairs on those panels.
Nancy Ajram, the Lebanese lady who has titled herself ‘super’ is the latest onto the list and is unsurprisingly thrilled. After all, a post on the ‘Idol ‘Talent' or ‘Voice' panel is a ticket to all things fame and fortune.
Just ask Ragheb Alama, judge on Arab Idol, who has cashed-in with a perfume launch and international tour. Or Qusay Khader who became a household name after presenting Arabs Got Talent despite being a relative nobody before.
But for some celebs there is no justice in the talent show world and the phrase ‘don’t’ be a sore loser’ never enters their minds. Haifa Wehbe, the global singing sensation, is a notable absence on the panels but has lost no time in dissing the shows that leave her off.
Others choose to take the moral high ground, taking comfort in their chart success and quest for world peace as they are cruelly snubbed by the talent show world. Better luck next time eh?
Who’s in who’s not, and who's having a sulk? While the jury's no longer out on who's judging and hosting in this season of Arab talent shows, the decisions haven't sat well with divas and A-list celebs who feel left out in the cold by the selections. The usual suspects who did not make the draw are on the warpath, and the proof is in their catty comments. The fails and successes of the Arab celeb jury world in ongoing talent show season are presented in our 'judged' slideshow panel.
What do you think of all this drama? Can judging Arab talent shows make or break a super-star? And is it only the creme de la creme who get nominated for this honor?