‘Arab Idol’ 4 back with a bang this Friday

The fantastic four judges of Arab Idol 4: Hassan El Shafei, Ahlam, Nancy Ajram and Wael Kfoury.
Updated 04 November 2016
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‘Arab Idol’ 4 back with a bang this Friday

JEDDAH: The Arab world’s most famous reality singing show ‘Arab Idol’ will be back on screens this Friday, Nov. 4, 2016.
The show, aired on MBC channel and in its fourth season, is returning after a gap of over a year and a half.
The fantastic four celebrity judges Nancy Ajram, Ahlam, Hassan El Shafei and Wael Kfoury will coach and encourage participants every week for months on starting this weekend. Ahmed Fahmy will host the show.
The auditions segment of the show was filmed almost a year ago, but due to unforeseen reasons the show’s air date was postponed on multiple occasions.
Special scenes and meetings with the contestants will be filmed on the show’s stage, as well as side meetings and spontaneous scenes with the judges and special guests in the weekly episodes that will uncover secrets and news that may not be known to the viewers. The show’s host, Ahmed Fahmi, will be presenting the Arab Idol Extra episodes that will have an added element of humor and seriousness to harness his experience and charisma as an actor.
The concept involves ten young contestants from all over the Arab world, who are selected after many auditions, and should perform a song on stage in front of the public and the judges every Friday. Viewers then vote for their favorite by SMS in a 24-hour time period. The one who receives the least amount of votes is eliminated during the results show, and this every week, until there is one left. The winner receives various prizes, including but not limited to a recording contract with Platinum Records (recording label affiliated with MBC) for a debut album, and a Chevrolet Corvette.


Modi or Gandhi? Indian mystics split over poll outcome

Updated 22 March 2019
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Modi or Gandhi? Indian mystics split over poll outcome

  • Larra Shah expects Modi to be returned, but with a vastly reduced majority
  • Raj Kumar Sharma thinks opposition leader Rahul Gandhi will win

MUMBAI: Transgender mystic Zoya Lobo turns over three oracle cards, studies them for a minute and looks up. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will definitely win India’s general election this summer, she proclaims.
Clairvoyant Larra Shah also predicts a victory for Modi owing to his “extremely powerful aura,” but astrologer Raj Kumar Sharma thinks opposition leader Rahul Gandhi will win because his party’s moon sign is Virgo.
Vedic astrology is big business in Hindu-majority India and stargazers are making a host of predictions for the world’s biggest elections starting next month — their many followers hanging on every utterance.
Some 900 million voters are registered to cast ballots in the vote in April and May which will see Gandhi’s Congress party seek to dislodge Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) from power.
Shah, 49, a celebrity holistic healer who practices tarot reading, says most of them will plump for Modi, himself a devout Hindu.
“When it comes to tarot cards Modi is like the emperor or the magician where the power of self-knowledge, of spiritual balance, of karma, is in perfection,” she explains to AFP.
“Rahul Gandhi is more like the devil because he’s always confused. There is a conflict there because he is a Gemini so has a dual personality,” Shah adds.
Modi, 68, and the right-wing Hindu nationalist BJP swept to power five years ago by winning 282 out of 543 seats, forming the country’s first majority government in almost three decades.
Shah expects Modi to be returned, but with a vastly reduced majority. Pre-election polling suggests an even closer contest, with many forecasting that neither party will win the 272 seats needed for a majority.
Lobo also has a prediction that hits closer to home for her — a 35 percent chance that Modi will do something to help India’s two-million-strong transgender community.
Indians consult soothsayers for advice on a raft of subjects from whom to marry to whether to buy a house or strike a business deal.
Many businessmen, Bollywood actors and politicians have personal astrologers scrutinize their stars closely to determine auspicious days to hold functions, release a movie or make political announcements.
For the election, Sharma says the planets are aligning in favor of Congress — based on the birth dates of the parties and their leaders — and that it will be able to persuade smaller, regional parties to join them in a coalition.
“Congress’s moon sign is Virgo and at present a favorable Jupiter Mahadasha (period) is happening for them while the BJP’s moon sign is Scorpio,” he explains.
“Rahul Gandhi’s favorable period has started and his moon is more powerful than Narendra Modi’s moon so my prediction is very clear: Rahul Gandhi will either become the prime minister or will make the prime minister with the support of his party.”
He sees the elections being “extremely volatile” because they were declared at an inauspicious time — when the sun was setting instead of rising — and that they may witness more violence between India and Pakistan.