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Palestinian singer from Gaza wins Arab Idol contest

Published on Jun 23, 2013 6:14 AM
Palestinian singer Mohammed Assaf performs after being announced the winner during the Season 2 finale of Arab Idol in Zouk Mosbeh area, north of Beirut on June 22, 2013. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

BEIRUT (AFP) - Palestinian singer Mohammed Assaf on Saturday won a pan-Arab singing contest that has had millions of viewers fixed to their TV screens since March.

Powerfully voiced Syrian singer Farah Yousef came second, and Egyptian Ahmed Jamal third in the Arab Idol competition, modelled on the Western Pop Idol.

"Mohammed Assaf is the Arab Idol!" called out the presenter as coloured confetti rained down on the cheering audience.

Immediately after his win, Assaf was named Youth Ambassador for UNRWA, the UN's agency for Palestinian refugees and named Palestinian goodwill ambassador by president Mahmud Abbas.

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