x Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 21 July 2017

Stellar performances and a few shocks on Arab Idol

This week's Arab Idol was full of dramatic surprises, stellar performances and shocking eliminations.

Farah Youssef. Courtesy MBC
Farah Youssef. Courtesy MBC

Last weekend’s episodes of Arab Idol were full of dramatic surprises, stellar performances and shocking eliminations.

Friday’s episode featured a special guest performance by the well-loved Lebanese singer Diana Haddad, who debuted her new single Tair Il Massa, sang her new Gulf song Thalith Al A’ayaad and performed a tribute to the late Lebanese diva Samira Tawfiq alongside the show’s contestants.

Haddad also advised the contestants to take advantage of the platform that the show provides, to continue working hard and to maintain public interest even after leaving the show.

The contestants delivered standout performances, with the Palestinian favourite Mohammad Assaf and Farah Youssef from Syria outshining their competition.

Along with being treated to a warm rendition of Happy Birthday from his fellow judges, the Lebanese judge and birthday boy Ragheb Alama was also surprised with the prestigious title of Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) on Friday night’s episode.

The judge Nancy Ajram’s guest performance on Saturday’s elimination night was an undeniable highlight, but the jubilant vibe was soon brought to a screeching halt when it was time for the night’s nerve-racking double elimination.

The contestants were whittled down to six and the bottom three were Salma Rachid from Morocco, Ziad Khoury from Lebanon and Perwaz Hussein from Kurdistan.

It turned out to be an unlucky night for the girls – it was revealed that Salma Rachid and Perwaz Hussain were to be nixed from the -competition.

With only four contestants remaining, the battle for the coveted Arab Idol crown is more intense than ever.

Arab Idol is broadcast on Fridays and Saturdays on MBC1 at 10pm

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