Jordanian crowned superstar

Jordanians have taken to the streets to celebrate the victory of compatriot Diana Karzon in a wildly popular pan-Arab song contest.

    Diana Karzon is set for a triumphant music career

    Karzon, 19, beat Syrian Ruweida Attiyeh for the title

    of "Superstar", in a show that has been beamed into Arab homes over

    the past few months by a Lebanese satellite channel

    .

    An Arabic version of the UK show Pop Idol, Superstar was an

    instant hit, as week upon week viewers were asked to vote for their

    favourite entertainer.

    Thousands of contestants from all over the Arab world were

    eliminated in telephone, text message and internet

    voting to arrive at the final 12

    .

    Bombshell

    Lebanon's Melhem Zein, who made it to the top three slots, was

    eliminated from the race last week, leaving Karzon to face Attiyeh.

    But before leaving the stage, Zein threw a bombshell when he asked

    viewers who had supported him to back Attiyeh.

    "This show harms national values and...

    deviates future generations from...

    the more important and decisive causes"

    The Islamic Action Front

    His remarks fueled widespread rage in Jordan and triggered

    clashes outside Future TV's station in Beirut

    .

    But with all that now history, Jordan's King Abdullah II

    was among the first well-wishers to congratulate Karzon on

    her victory late on Monday

    .

    The monarch "pledged his full support for Karzon's music career"

    in a telephone call to the young singer minutes after the results

    were out.

    Dangerous phenomenon

    However, not everyone was elated with the success of Karzon,

    whose victory earns her a

    contract with a major recording studio as well

    as cash and prize gifts.

    Jordan's opposition Islamic Action Front (IAF) blasted

    Jordanians for giving all their attention to the show

    when they should be more concerned by events in

    Iraq and Palestine.

    "This show harms national values and causes, distorts public

    perceptions, deviates future generations from their aspirations and

    the more important and decisive causes," the IAF said in a statement

    .

    "We also urge the ulemas, opinion makers, intellectuals, writers

    and all sincere people to confront this dangerous phenomenon and

    deal with its destructive repercussions." 

    SOURCE: AFP


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