MC Bassel al Zaro took to the stage for the fourth round of live shows in the Middle East's favorite talent show, X Factor Arabia. But while fans were hoping that this new presenter would have fewer hiccups that former flop, Yusra al Lawzi, they were soon to be disappointed.
Once again the show was beset by technical problems with mics not working and the sound running out on backing songs. However, in the midst of all the chaos, a few shining would-be-stars shone out.
Top of the list once again was Jordanian, Adham al Nabulsi and Lebanese contestant, Hussam al Tarshishi, on judge Wael Kfouri's team. Also hitting the high notes were Libyan Abdul Athem on judge Hussein al Jasmi's team and Egyptian group Young Pharos on judge Carole Samaha's list.
But top of the pops was Lebanese lovely and X Factor judge extraordinaire, Carole Samaha who has just topped the charts with her latest, very well timed, album release.
So while wannabes and star judges alike congratulated themselves on a job well done on Thursday, no one had expected the shock that was to come on Friday's episode.
After thinking that just one of the hopefuls would be booted off at the elimination round, producers suddenly changed their minds and went for two instead!
In the bottom three were Hussam Tashishi from Lebanon, who, despite being praised for his performance the day before had clearly hit a bum note with viewers. He was sent packing immediately with the least number of votes.
With Hussam out the door, there was still one more elimination to go and the toss up was between Omani, Montaser Billah, on Wael Kfouri's team and Egyptian group, Marraya, on Carole Samaha's team.
The judging panel was split at the last minute, meaning the final decision came down to the viewers and their original votes. Montaser was lowest of the two and was shown the door immediately.
And with only one remaining contestant on his team, Lebanese heartthrob, Wael Kfoury is feeling the pressure for the next rounds.
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