A case of never say never. After getting eliminated in the early stages of last season, the Tunisian gymnast returns with an energetic performance that mixes dance with circus acrobatics.
An Egyptian acrobat famed for his balancing act, including standing on top of cylinders with trays of tea tumblers.
Maher Al Sheikh
A Syrian dancer whose thrilling routines incorporate elements of breakdance, martial arts and street mime.
An accomplished Lebanese singer who has been performing since the age of five. She has already performed songs in English and French.
Makseem Al Shamy
A rounded artisan. Makseem is an accomplished painter. However, the Syrian is showcasing his operatic voice in this contest.
The Syrian multi-instrumentalist went one step further and created his own straw-shaped instrument that sounds like a horn.
Khawater Al Thalam
The Saudi magician makes use of light and dark to create nifty illusions.
Manhal Al Jameely
A Saudi stand-up comic whose charming routines have him dressed like a simpleton – but with razor-sharp wit.
A 10-piece Moroccan drumming crew guaranteed to get your pulse racing.
La Hala King Zoo
A colourful Moroccan dance crew whose genre-bending routines mix breakdancing, Arabic pop and Bollywood costumes.
An Afro-haired Algerian singer who likes keeping things retro. She made it to the finals with a storming rendition of Aretha Franklin's Respect.
Nasser Al Qasabi
The trailblazing Saudi comic and star of the comedy series Tash Ma Tash. Having run for two decades already with no signs of stopping, the show is renowned for its satirical take on Saudi Arabian life, winning as many admirers as critics. Qasabi's insights have proven useful, especially for non-musical acts.
One of the biggest Arabic pop artists from Lebanon. With more than 50 million albums sold, Karam has been credited for bringing together Arabic and Western pop traditions, with hit albums including Rouh Rouhi (1999), Nedmaneh (2001) and Sahrani (2003). Karam is a feisty judge, both compassionate and quick to show her displeasure.
Every talent show needs a bad guy and Ali Jaber fits the bill. While he is not as surly as his British counterpart Simon Cowell, the Lebanese journalist and academic's scowl and icy tone can send shivers up the spine of those performers he deems unsatisfactory.