After months of anticipation, young aspiring singer Lynn Hayek from Lebanon won the first ever The Voice Kids Arabia.
Millions of people around the Arab world watched the MBC reality show on Saturday night, where the 12-year-old talented singer beat Syrian contestants Amir Ammouri and Zein Obeid to the prestigious title.
Lynn has never had any formal training in music. She loves riding her bike and climbing trees and says that the sounds of nature speak to her when she sings.
“I haven’t studied music, but the sound of the sea and the streets are music to me,” she says. “I like to go to my favourite spots near our home and just sing.
“I just can’t believe it at all, that I’m part of this. I used to dream I’d one day be on The Voice when I grew up, so I just had to audition when I heard about The Voice Kids. I never dreamed I would come this far.”
Luckily for Lynn, she was mentored by Iraqi superstar Kazem el Saher, who was a celebrity judge on the show, alongside Egyptian singer Tamer Hosny and Lebanese starlet Nancy Ajram.
“I learnt so much from Mr Kazem,” Al Hayek said before her performance in the final. “I was so shy – he taught me how to be confident and show what I’ve got. I’m a new person now when I sing.” Adding that Kazem taught her “how to be strong and daring, and to always smile. Because of him, I discovered that my voice is even better than I thought.”
How does Kazem feel about her? “She has one of the most beautiful voices I encountered in my life. When she sings on stage, I can see she is trying to prove her worth and her place on that stage. She has incredible feeling,” he said.
Over a period of 10 weeks, dozens of children between the ages of 7 and 15 competed for the top prize, which Lynn took home, much to the pride and joy of her family and residents of her native Tripoli, North of Lebanon.
The lucky little girl received "a scholarship worth Dh245,000 and the opportunity to record a single that will be produced by Platinum Records," according to The National.
The reality show was a win-win for everyone as the finalists didn't go home empty-handed. Each one received Dh9,800 each, while every child who auditioned for the reality show – even those who didn't get through – went home with Dh4,900.
Here's a reminder of why you've chosen Lynn as the winner.
The young rising star sang Saudi Arabian singer Mohammed Abdo’s "Aba’ad Kuntum" and the late Tunisian singer Thikra’s "Kol Eli Lamouny" in the final, both of which were difficult songs to perfect.
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