The line-up for the Arabs Got Talent final includes a dozen acts with nothing too radical or outlandish in the competition. A novelty act of drinking straw instrumentals was probably the most quirky element in the mixed bag of singing, dancing and acrobatics.
With the Cirque du Soleil coming to town in the Middle East, a few acrobatic acts and circus talents enter the mix. Male opera singing and a Tom-Boyish Emirati singer added some spice to the usual suspects.
In the singing stakes, a lot of the talent chose to broadcast itself in English language form, leaving us wondering if it were 'Arabs Got English Talent.'
In the show where Arab pride is displayed and celebrated in the absence of political judgement or tension, there was a nice spread of teens to oldies, solo artists to bands. While Saudi and Moroccan ingredients reigned supreme, there was some Emirati, Algerian, Egyptian, Syrian, Lebanese and Jordanian in the line-up.
In a healthy mix of judge appointments combined with people votes, the final chosen set of twelve were selected by the jury and the people in a way that gave a nod to democracy and celebrity at the same time.
Who's your vote with?