X Factor Arabia: no love lost in the second live round

Published March 30th, 2013 - 10:17 GMT
Cat fights on the judging panel on X Factor's live rounds.
Cat fights on the judging panel on X Factor's live rounds.
Producers of the hit talent show, X Factor Arabia, clearly thought they were on to a winner when they pronounced this week's live round as having a "love" theme.
 
But there was no love lost between either judges or presenters as the drama unfolded. The now-hated starlet, Yusra al Lawzi, didn't improve her presenting skills from last week and was in serious danger of getting booed off stage.
 
And the judges didn't fair much better as they disagreed over just about every contestant. When heartthrob Lebanese judge, Wael Kfoury, started using Colonel Gaddafi's famous phrase 'Zanqa Zanqa, Dar Dar', viewers knew it was heading for a fight.
 
Strangely it was the calmest of the judging panel who ended up coming to blows as Lebanese lovely, Carole Samaha and UAE ladies man, Hussein al Jasmi decided to cat fight on set. 
 
When Carole decided that one of Hussein's wannabes - Mohammad al Refi - sounded too much like pro-Assad singer, George Wassouf, Hussein couldn't take the comment lying down.
 
The Emirati fired back at Carole saying that imitation is great in itself and that he knew what would be in demand in the charts. Ouch! 
 
And the UAE songster didn't stop there. He was back to stirring up trouble a few minutes later when he tried to tell viewers to vote for his Libyan contestant because the voting system doesn't work properly there. 
 
Furious that there might be some unfair voting, Wael Kfoury stepped in to say that viewers should only vote on the basis of his voice and nothing more.
 
With Thursday's show finally over, fans were hoping that the series might settle down a little for Friday's episode and with popular Egyptian entertainer, Mohammed Fouad, making a special guest appearance, things were looking up.
 
Fortunately for all concerned, the judges managed to behave themselves and get down to the more important task of choosing who would go through to the final round. 
 
Battling it out for the last place in the final eleven were Saudi Arabian contestant, Ali Hamed, on Wael Kfoury's team and Tunisian band, Les Bledards Ninja on Carole Samaha's. In a narrow victory, Ali crept through but will be looking to up his score on the next round of the exciting competition. 
 

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