Image 1 of 10: Can someone call a doctor? Because the Fares al-Madne-ss seems to have infected an entire region, as the Saudi songster swooped into the final 10 with ease. The warbling wannabe has probably got the mum vote sewn up already and looks like an early favorite for Arab Idol glory.
Image 1 of 10: Lebanese crooner Ziad Khoury has received some of the competition’s loudest cheers. But while his fans might have been out in full force to offer a whole lot of support, the studio screams haven’t translated into votes at home. But with Ziad so close to the finish line, he’s hoping his fans will start picking up the phone to help him win.
Image 1 of 10: Muhannad al-Marsoumi deserves a medal for the number of times he’s sung his way out of the Arab Idol danger zone. The public seem to love him,but in the cruel world of talent show television there’s been nothing but harsh words from the ruthless judges. If you ask us, he’ll be back selling shawarma this time next week.
Image 1 of 10: Moroccan maestro Salma Rashed made it through to the final 10 by the skin of her dazzling teeth. The public have never voted for racey Rashed en masse but for one so young, she’s got a voice of old-timer, and as good a chance as any to be crowned winner.
Image 1 of 10: Like the Moroccan Rocky of talent-shows, Yosra Saawf just doesn’t know when she’s beat. The comeback queen didn’t pack enough punch first time around but has landed enough hits this season to earn a much-coveted spot in the final 10 and a shot at the title.
Image 1 of 10: Sexy Syrian Farah Yusuf has managed to dodge any negative comments since first stepping foot on the Arab Idol stage back in the audition rounds. The glamorous diva might look like a shoo-in for the final but as any fan of the show knows, anything can happen!
Image 1 of 10: Syrian contestant Abdul Karim Hamdan made sure his first live performance on Arab Idol was one to remember, singing a self-penned tune about the bloodshed in his hometown of Aleppo. His performance earned Abdul a standing ovation and a well-earned place as one of the favorites.
Image 1 of 10: From working in a pharmacy to singing on one of the biggest talent shows in the world, Arab Idol has already transformed Ahmad Jamal’s life. With his eyes on the prize, Ahmad seems determined to out-sing his rivals. But with the competition heating up, the Egyptian contestant will have to give it all he’s got if he wants to be crowned winner.
Image 1 of 10: Palestinian contestant, Mohammad Assaf, has been wowing audiences since the age of five. Now 23-years-old, he is prepared to do whatever it takes to steal the spotlight from his Idol competitors. Last week, the wannabe star daringly decided to perform one of judge Ragheb Alama’s hit songs. And that gamble got him into the final 10.
Image 1 of 10: The controversial Prwas Hussien has raised more than a few eyebrows for choosing to sing a number of songs in Kurdish and her inability to speak Arabic. The judges seem to love her anyway, heaping praise on the Iraqi. Maybe she’ll endear herself to the viewers by belting out a few Arab tunes in the next round.
The Middle East is hotting up, and we’re not even talking about the weather. Arab Idol is down to to the final 10 contestants, which means tears, tantrums and tunes will be amped up to the max.
A kaleidoscope of countries are represented among the finalists, ranging from Syria to Morocco, but if you’re a social media animal, only half of those stand a chance.
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