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Arab Idol

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Maysam Al-Ani

on 16 February 2014

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Transcript of Arab Idol

HISTORICAL CONTEXT
Arab Idol: Mahboub El Arab is an Arabic interactive reality TV show.
Contestants from several Arab countries come to compete in the singing competition.
Interactive: the watchers can vote on contestants.
It is one of the top watched programs in the Arab world.
It is circulated throughout the Middle East through channels LBC and MBC 1.
The first season premiered on December 9th 2011.
ETHNICITY
Every contestant is asked where they are from. They represent a nation.
The victory of a contestant is seen as a nation's victory.
A majority of the votes are based on the contestant's ethnicity.
Ethnicity and politics are closely related.
GENDER
Arab Idol catfight, Nancy and Ahlam take out their claws at a press conference
Cat Fight! Arab Idol 's Yousra & Salma thrash it out over Assaf
Change in appearance audition vs. finals.
The importance of looks (especially females). [MBC.net clip]
CLASS
"“I am against the country title that says Berwas is from Kurdistan, because Kurdistan is an inseparable part of Iraq.”
Pointing to Hussein, “I want your introduction to say that you are from Iraq and not Kurdistan.”
The Kurdish contestant smiled at the judge, and mouthed the words “Kurdistan Iraq,” appearing to imply she preferred this country title instead of the judge’s preference."
-Al Arabiya English News
Q&A
Do you think a contestant's ethnicity, gender and/or class affect how many votes they get? If yes, how so?

Does Arab Idol show an accurate representation of the Arab world and its general culture? If yes, how so?
Occupations
- Lack of mentioning occupation: Implies either unemployment or low-income jobs.
Countries of Conflict
-"His [Mohammed Assaf's] rise from underdog status to winner hasn’t just excited Palestinian Idol fans—it has united Arabs all over the Middle East, and earned him some unexpected fans." -The Daily Beast
Jewelry and Outfits
-The Hills Reading
Compliments
- Contestant compliments judges.
- Titles such as “sultana,” and “fannan/superstar” suggest decency in morals.
- Note the compliments are of high-class titles.

Thank you!~
Omaima Es-samaali
Adam Abou-Gad
Maysam Al-Ani
SOURCES
http://flowtv.org/2011/04/the-hills-jersey-shore-and-the-aesthetics-of-class/
http://www.youtube.com /watch?v=1kPzGubK5mQ
http://english.alarabiya.net/en/life-style/2013/04/21/-Kurdistan-is-part-of-Iraq-Arab-Idol-judge-tells-Kurdish-contestant.html
http://www.youtube.com /watch?v=_lbQu7BSp08
http://www.youtube.com /watch?v=Ru10AZL55P4
http://www.youtube.com /watch?v=TYQo5Kmu4wQ
http://english.alarabiya.net/en/life-style/2013/04/21/-Kurdistan-is-part-of-Iraq-Arab-Idol-judge-tells-Kurdish-contestant.html
http://infoweb.newsbank.com.turing.library.northwestern.edu/iw-search/we/InfoWeb?p_product=AWNB&p_theme=aggregated5&p_action=doc&p_docid=14747455DDA9B060&p_docnum=4&p_queryname=5
http://www.mbc.net/ar/programs/arab-idol-s2/the-idol-look/hair/articles/%D8%AA%D8%AD%D9%88%D9%91%D9%84-%D9%8A%D9%8F%D8%B3%D8%B1%D8%A7-%D8%A5%D9%84%D9%89-%D9%86%D8%AC%D9%85%D8%A9-%D8%A5%D8%B9%D9%84%D8%A7%D9%86%D8%A7%D8%AA-%D8%A8%D9%8030-%D8%AB%D8%A7%D9%86%D9%8A%D8%A9.html#comment%7Clist
http://infoweb.newsbank.com.turing.library.northwestern.edu/iw-search/we/InfoWeb?p_product=AWNB&p_theme=aggregated5&p_action=doc&p_docid=1444AD7BA03164E0&p_docnum=3&p_queryname=7
http://www.mbc.net/ar/programs/arab-idol-s2.html
https://www.facebook.com/ArabIdol
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arab_Idol
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