For the first time in the Arab world, The Voice Kids is highlighting child singers, aged 7-14, from all Arab countries.
The first episode aired Saturday on NBC and hosted seven young talents from Middle Eastern countries, including Egypt and Syria. Sohila Bahgat, who has been singing since the age of five, represented Egypt, singing an Om Kolthoum song, which framed her strong voice.
Ghena Bo Hemdan, from Syria, burst into tears while singing a song for peace and joy called “A’tona El-Tofole” (Give us back our childhood), highlighting her homeland’s recent wartime devestation.
Photo: Ghena performing on The Voice Kids Arabia. (Facebook)
The video went viral on social media almost immediately, while viewers and audience members shared their reactions on social media. Singer and judge Nancy Ajram said on her Twitter account that “Ghena broke my heart and brought tears to my eyes”.
The Voice is an international competition that began in the Netherlands in 2010. After its large success, an Arabic version was produced. For the first time in the Middle East, the Voice Kids, which is part of the original programme but showcasing those under 15 years of age, is being aired with three singers and judges Kadim El-Saher, Nancy Ajram, and Tamer Hosny.
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