Iraqi talent shines in singing contest

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Iraqi talent shines in singing contestDubai: Coming from a country where war took its toll on its people and deadly bombings became in an almost daily occurrence, a group of young Iraqis have come out to revive a once-known rosy and rich heritage of Iraqi singing.

Two young Iraqi men, Satar Sa’ad and Simor Jalal, are two out of four final contestants in the second season of the Arabic version of the singing talent show The Voice, which airs on the Saudi-owned Middle East Broadcasting Centre (MBC) every Saturday evening. The other two are two women from Egypt and Syria.

“Most probably the winner this year will be one of the Iraqi contestamys,” predicted one Arab woman who asked to be remained anonymous. She said she has been following the show since it began in December 27. Nearly 100 people from different Arab countries entered the race.

Last week, there were four Iraqis out of eight semi-finalists. Their number is the highest number of talents coming from one country that reached the semi-finals. The winner will be announced on March 29. The young Iraqis are receiving a massive support from the audience. Members of the judges panel have also praised the contestants.

“Satar doesn’t smoke and is a committed person. He works and helps his family,” said famous Iraqi singer Kadhem Al Saher of one of the Iraqi contestants. It is not just about a good voice, but also a good example to follow, he added.

Apart from Saher, the panel includes three big names in the Arab world of singing. They include Shireen Abdul Wahab from Egypt, Saber Al Rubai from Tunisia and Asi Al Helani from Lebanon.

Al Rubai’s team includes Simor Jalal, who was also repeatedly praised by the coach.

The two remained in the race after several Iraqis already left the show. One of the distinguished elements of this year show was the participation of a 64-year-old Iraqi singer, Ammar Tawfiq, who left the race two weeks earlier.

Last year’s winner came from Morocco.

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