Image 1 of 10: Shaking his stuff for the Gulfi-contingent, legendary Saudi crooner, Mohammed Abdo, was happy to have the chance to stay relevant with a slot on X Factor. BFF of judge Al Jasmi, the singer went down a storm with the legions of Gulfi fans.
Image 1 of 10: She upset just about every Lebanese fan in the region when she claimed their mediterranean country was “too dangerous” for her to visit. And Syrian songstress, Asala Nasri, didn’t manage to quell the storm by appearing on X Factor tailed by bodyguards.
Image 1 of 10: Special guest of Arab heartthrob, Wael Kfoury, fellow Lebanese star, Nawal al Zoghbi, turned most of the Middle East’s women green with envy when she and Wael cosied up on the couch. Nonetheless, her vocal talents went to good use when she had her say on who should go through to the next round.
Image 1 of 10: X Factor fans were ruthless when poor young Egyptian presenter, Yusra al Lawzi, landed a guest slot on the show. The starlet messed up her lines more times than Haifa’s had boyfriends and the technical mishaps didn’t help her cause.
Image 1 of 10: He might have had his heyday in the 90s but no one was sad to see Algerian Cheb star, Faudel, back in the limelight. Appearing on the couch with mouthy Lebanese judge, Elissa, the songster was a breath of fresh air.
Image 1 of 10: After a shock arrival as guest of the super-smooth Carole Samaha, edgy Egyptian rapper, Ahmad Mekki, soon made his mark on the show. The combination of judge and guest worked a treat when Ahmad helped out Carole with choosing the next round of wannabes.
Image 1 of 10: The surprise hit of the judging panel, graceful Lebanese songstress, Carole Samaha has stolen the show so far. With her background in classical music and without a hair out of place, the singer has been even-handed and fair. We love her!
Image 1 of 10: The new Sherine Abdel Wahab of the world of talent shows, Lebanese star, Elissa has shown us that it’s not only Egyptian celebs who are prone to a breakdown or two. Throughout the tears and tantrums, this singer’s popularity has taken a battering.
Image 1 of 10: Cool-headed UAE judge, Hussein al Jasmi, is still a bit of a dark horse as far as X Factor fans are concerned. But as an antidote to the drama both on-set and off the songster is perfect for the role on the panel.
Image 1 of 10: Formerly only known for his longing looks and serious ballads, heartthrob, Wael Kfoury has shown us his cheeky side while judging on X Factor. Faking tantrums and pretending to be one of the contestants, there’s never a dull moment with this songster.
For the first few weeks of dire auditions and tuneless wannabes, fans thought the judging panel might be the only ones with the X Factor on the second season of the hit talent show.
But as the series has moved on, special guests from around the region have appeared on screen, threatening to upstage the likes of judges, Wael Kfoury and Elissa.
With big names like Saudi crooner, Mohammed Abdo and Egyptian rap star, Ahmad Mekki, all stopping by to get their faces on screen, fans are wondering: who is really the star of the show?
Here we take you through the viewers reactions to the celebrity guests and their judge rivals. Never mind that the show is supposed to be all about the contestants, when it comes to this competition, it’s the stars that have the X Factor.
Who was your favorite guest on the show? Were you a fan of the series or was there too much drama and too little singing for your liking? Share your thoughts with us below.