Arabs Got Talent

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Arabs Got Talent
Arabs Got Talent title card.png
The Arabs Got Talent logo
Created bySimon Cowell
Presented byRaya Abirached
JudgesAli Jaber
Najwa Karam
Nasser Al Qasabi (2012–2015)
Amr Adeeb (2011)
Ahmed Helmi (2013–present)
Country of originArab world
Original language(s)Arabic
No. of seasons5
Running time60–120 min
Original networkMBC
Picture formatHDTV
Original releaseJanuary 14, 2011 (2011-01-14) –
Related showsBritain's Got Talent
Australia's Got Talent
Canada's Got Talent
America's Got Talent
External links
Official website

Arabs Got Talent is an Arab reality television talent show broadcast by MBC4 in the Arab world; it is produced by the MBC and was first broadcast on 14 January 2011.[1] The show features contestants with a variety of talents, such as singing, break-dancing, comedians, magicians, and rapping. The show features three celebrity judges, popular in the Middle East. They currently are Lebanese singer Najwa Karam; the dean of the journalism school at the American University in Dubai Ali Jaber; and Ahmed Helmi, an Egyptian actor. The show's venue is in Lebanon.

Though entry into the semi-finals is based on the judges' vote, the voting in the semi-finals and final is an audience vote, akin to other Got Talent shows. The grand prize is 500,000 Saudi Riyals and a brand new Chrysler 300 as well as a contract with MBC.[2] The show finished its second season on June 29, 2012.[3] The third season started airing September 14 moving its timeslot from Fridays to Saturdays.[4] The fourth season began airing on December 20. The fifth season ended May 20th, 2017, with eight-year-old opera singer Emanne Beasha winning.

The show is hosted by Saudi rapper and musician Qusai and Lebanese TV presenter Raya Abirached.

Selection process[edit]

Producers' auditions[edit]

Contestants are initially chosen at non-televised auditions in the capitals of participating Arab country, such as Doha in Qatar.

Judges' auditions[edit]

Chosen contestants proceed to perform in front of the celebrity judges. It is by the judges' votes that they enter the next round. Judges may terminate a contestant's performance by buzzing in, signifying an X. However, buzzes from all judges are required to stop the performance. These auditions are televised weekly on Saturdays on MBC4.[5]

Live shows[edit]

The semi-finals and final are broadcast live. They feature performances by the contestants, usually on a grander scale. Judges can still stop a performance if all three buzz in, three times. In the semi-final, the winners are chosen by the viewers' voting (by means of texting), though only the most-voted-for contestant proceeds to the final, the second and third placed proceed via a vote by the judges.

In the final, fourteen contestants remain and, after each contestant finishes their performance, the winner is chosen by the viewers' voting.[2]

Seasons overview[edit]

Season : Premiere Final Winner Runner-up Third place Channels
February 25, 2011
April 14, 2011
Egypt Amr Katamesh Algeria Dalia Shieh United Arab Emirates Shama Hamdan MBC4 MBC1 MBC Masr
April 6, 2012
June 29, 2012
Syria Sima group State of Palestine Mohammad El Diri United States Jennifer Grout MBC4 MBC1 MBC Masr
September 14, 2013
December 7, 2013
Saudi Arabia Khawater Al-Zalam Kuwait Sheyaab Somalia Marawa The Amazing MBC4 MBC1 MBC Masr
December 20, 2014
March 7, 2015
Morocco Salah Entertainer Morocco Noureddine Benwaqas Saudi ArabiaAhmed El Bayed MBC4 MBC1 MBC Masr
March 11, 2017
May 20, 2017
Jordan Emanne Beasha MBC4 MBC1 MBC Masr


  1. ^ "Arabs Prove They've got Talent". 2011-01-28. Retrieved 2013-12-29.
  2. ^ a b "Egyptian poet Amr Qattamesh talks about winning first Arabs Got Talent". Gulf News. 14 April 2011. Retrieved 20 June 2012.
  3. ^ Jun 10, 2011 (2011-06-10). "Arabs Got Talent season 2 planned". Retrieved 2013-12-29.
  4. ^ "AMERICAN IN ARABIA: Arab's Got Talent". Al Bawaba. 2012-06-18. Retrieved 2013-12-29.
  5. ^ "Arabs Got Talent gives MBC a franchise on stardom | The National". 2011-03-16. Retrieved 2013-12-29.

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