The much an­tic­i­pated Arab Idol fi­nale aired live on MBC on Satur­day, Fe­bru­ary 25, gar­ner­ing a panoply of com­ments, tweets and re­ac­tions among Arab so­cial me­dia users. Af­ter a rather suc­cess­ful sea­son, only three fi­nal­ists were left. The night ul­ti­mately ended with Pales­tinian con­tes­tant Yaa­coub Sha­heen tak­ing home the ti­tle, beat­ing fel­low Pales­tinian fi­nal­ist Amir Dan­dan and Ye­meni con­tes­tant Am­mar Mo­hammed and be­com­ing the sec­ond Pales­tinian to win Arab Idol af­ter Mo­hammed As­saf who was crowned win­ner in 2013. And with all three fi­nal­ists com­ing from coun­tries rav­aged by war and con­flict, the episode was loaded with emo­tion, both from the con­tes­tants them­selves and the jury. The fi­nale also fea­tured live broad­cast from Sha­heen’s hone­town Beth­le­hem, where hun­dreds of his sup­port­ers, in­clud­ing the town’s mayor, gath­ered be­hind a large screen in Manger Square to watch the show.

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