SuperStar

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SuperStar Finalists
(with dates of elimination)
Season 1 (2003)
Diana Karazonwinner
Rouwayda Attieh18 August
Melhem Zein11 August
Soud Abu Sultan4 August
Wael Mansour28 July
Merhi Serhal21 July
Chadi Aswad14 July
Mohammad Lafi7 July
Saad Jamal Al-Dine30 June
Haytham Saeed30 June
Saber Hawari23 June
Nancy Za'balawi23 June

SuperStar is an Arabic television show based on the popular British show Pop Idol. The show is a contest to determine the best young singer in the Arabic nations. It was broadcast to all the Arabic nations on Future TV, a Lebanese satellite television station. It's also the first Idol franchise to feature contestants from different countries.

In the show, people first audition but eventually the performers are narrowed down to 12 finalists, with each contestant performing live. There are three judges who provide critiques of each competitor's performance. Viewers have several hours following the broadcast of the show to phone in their votes for their favorite contestant. On the following night's episode (live again), the contestant with the fewest votes is sent home.

The show was a huge success. Ali Jaber, the executive manager of Future TV, was quoted as saying "This (program) is the most successful for an Arab television. There isn't a television program that moved the Arab world like that." [1] (http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2003/08/18/world/main568959.shtml)

The first season saw finalists from Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine, Syria and the United Arab Emirates compete for the title of SuperStar. Jordan's Diana Karazon would go on to win, with Syrian Rowaida Attiyah coming in second.

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