Hearing Voice-s? The debut season in a nutshell

Published December 16th, 2012 - 14:55 GMT

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Image 1 of 10: It's public knowledge that the ladies love a bit of Kazem Al Saher and if the Iraqi coach's selection of singers is anything to go by, the feeling is mutual. The so-called 'Caesar of Arabic music' wooed wannabe starlets with his calm and collected approach to the competition but sadly for Kazem 'girl power' didn't prevail.

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Image 1 of 10: Saber Al Rubai's whacky antics took fans by surprise: from kissing Kazem to wrestling Assi, the Tunisian coach made sure he was never too far away from the limelight. His outlandish behavior might have secured him a talented team but The Voice's resident funnyman soon discovered he couldn't laugh his way to victory.

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Image 1 of 10: Sherine Abdel Wahab looked set to be a controversial addition to the coaching panel and she didn't disappoint! Tears and tantrums might have made for entertaining viewing but for makers of the show, Sherine's drama was hard to handle. In true diva style, rumor has it the starlet couldn't even make it onto set on time.

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Image 1 of 10: He might be happily married but Assi Helani didn't let a little thing like that stop him from getting flirty with just about any female to step foot on the stage. Proving himself the most sympathetic coach on the panel, Assi was quickly dubbed the 'soul of the show'. So it came as no surprise that one of Assi's team took the crown.

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Image 1 of 10: The wannabe singers weren't the only ones being judged, even the show's presenters were in the firing line. Female host, Arwa Jodeh, faced criticism for her somewhat lackluster performance. While her male co-presenter, Mohamad Karim, might have fared better in the charisma stakes, he was slammed for his excessive use of hair gel.

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Image 1 of 10: The Voice has had the rumor mill in full swing since the blind auditions but the gossip took a sinister turn when Moroccan contestant, Lamia Zaidi, was accused of killing a female friend before signing up for the show. After Lamia was reportedly pulled in for questioning, the rumors were found out to be nothing more than a load of hot air.

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Image 1 of 10: The contestants might have been worried about stumbling on their words but for Sherine Abdel Wahab, getting one foot in front of the other proved the biggest task of the show. The starlet had the region in stitches when her sexy saunter on stage was ruined by an embarrassing trip.

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Image 1 of 10: With the coaches holding the power for much of the competition, their choice of contestants sometimes proved less than popular with viewers. While Saber was accused of favoring fellow Tunisians, viewers said flirtatious Assi was choosing contestants with 'the look' rather than 'the voice'.

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Image 1 of 10: With four celeb egos on the coaching panel, it was inevitable there would be some spats along the way. But in the final episode it was one big love-in on set as the coaches sung each others praises. Far from BFFs, now that filming has wrapped, viewers suspect the claws will finally come out.

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Image 1 of 10: And the winner is…After weeks of fighting off tough competition and wowing viewers with ballsy performances and a winning smile, Moroccan contestant, Murad Buriqi, reigned triumphant. As he celebrates his success, the newly crowned winner of The Voice looks forward to a life in the Arabian limelight.

When MBC's The Voice hit TV screens across the region earlier this year, no one knew quite what to expect. The Middle East already has its fair share of talent shows with 'Idol' and 'Got Talent' raking in the ratings but makers of The Voice promised that this competition would bring something new to the table. 

Aimed at people with genuine musical talent, MBC promised that this was more than just your average Friday night singing competition. But with three phases to the show, from blind auditions to the battle round and the final live stage, some talent show fans were left baffled before the contest even hit the air. 

However, as producers had expected, it didn't take long for the talented wannabe singers and superstar coaches to win over the Arab hearts and minds.

Ladies in the region were left swooning over hunky male coach Kazem Al Saher, while Saber Al Rubai brought on the laughs with his weekly dose of whacky antics. Not short of a fan or two before the show, Assi Helani is now the flirtatious favorite of women across the Arab world. And not to be outdone by the male coaches, Sherine Abdel Wahab managed to dish up a healthy dose of drama every week, even throwing in an embarrassing fall for good measure. 

Tears and tantrums ensued as wannabe stars were sent packing. But the real drama on The Voice could be found off-stage. 

Nothing gets the rumor mill in swing like a talent show and in its opening season The Voice set gossipers' tongues wagging with talk of secret feuds, favoritism, cheating and…Sherine. 

But when the winner was crowned on Friday night, the gossip was forgotten as all eyes and ears were on the Arab world's newest 'voice'.  

 

Did the right person win The Voice? What was your favorite moment of this season? Share your thoughts with us below!

 

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