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Nawal Al-Kuwaitia to replace Ahlam on ‘The Voice’

Nawal Al-Kuwaitia
JEDDAH: Emirati singer Ahlam has been replaced by Nawal Al-Kuwaitia on the regional version of popular talent show “The Voice.”
It was Al-Kuwaitia herself who announced the news, as she posted a tweet on her official account saying that she will be joining Elissa, Assi Al-Hallani and Mohammed Hamaki in the 4th season of “The Voice.”
She added: “I would like to thank MBC channel for inviting me to participate on The Voice as a member of the jury.”
The decision to let Ahlam go, according to her tweets, was caused by a tweet she posted on her official account: “I wish fine and true art would come back,” when a new song called “Tell Qatar” was released, in which a number of prominent singers from the UAE had participated.
The song aims to deliver a message to Qatar warning it against its hostile policy against Arab countries and calling on it to stop supporting terrorism, which has destabilized the region.
Ahlam tried to fix the situation and posted two tweets indicating that the tweet she had made was one hour before the release of “Tell Qatar” on YouTube.
In a second tweet, Ahlam said: “All the loyalty and love to my country. No hater can question it. My loyalty was and always will be Emirati and I’m proud of this, end of story.”
Still, many people welcomed Nawal Al-Kuwaiti to “The Voice” and highlighted her great musical history and knowledge, claiming that she truly deserves a place on the jury.
It was revealed that both the first and second parts (Blind Auditions and Battle Rounds) of “The Voice” have already been filmed. The first episode will air on Dec. 2 on MBC.
However, MBC has neither confirmed nor denied the change up.

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