The Voice Kids, an Arabic rendition of the Dutch show The Voice of Holland, is back with a third season! The Arabic kids’ spinoff launched in 2015, and ever since then, has been a tremendous hit.
The show’s format features blind auditions, battle rounds, and live performances. In the beginning of the season, the judges hold blind auditions. They have their backs turned while contestants sing for a minute and a half. If a judge wants to have the contestant advance in the competition and coach him on their team, that coach presses a buzzer to turn around and face the contestant. If more than one judge hits the buzzer, the contestant then chooses which coach’s team to be on. Out of 100 contestants, each judge will be able to pick 12 singers for their team.
During battle rounds, one singer from each team competes against the other by singing the same song onstage. Judges decide who performs the song the best, and ultimately, who stays and who goes. At the end of the contest, the public can decide which singer deserves to win based on live performances. The contestants are analyzed using a mixture of the judges’ critical analysis and popularity with the audience.
The kids’ version premiered on screens on January 2, 2016. The original panel of judges included Tamer Hosny, Nancy Ajram, and Kadhim Alsahir — but only Nancy Ajram has remained a judge for all three seasons, and she’s now joined by Mohamed Hamaqy and Asy Alhelany.
Nancy Ajram is a Lebanese singer celebrated throughout the Arab world. Her career early on, when she would perform with her father as a child, appearing on many televised shows since childhood. At the age of 15, Ajram signed her first contract and debuted her album career in 1998. Even though she was beneath the age requirement, she was accepted into the Lebanese Syndicate of Professional Artists because of her exceptional talent. She released her second album the following year.
The Egyptian singer Mohamed Hamaqy broke into the music scene in 2006 with his hit single, “Ahla Haga Fiki.” In 2010, he won Best Arabia Act at the MTV Europe Music Awards. His latest album, Kol Youm Men Dah, dropped on January 24, 2019.
Asy Alhelany’s music career actually began when he won Studio Alfan, a show for young artist, at the age of 17. Since then, he has released more than a dozen albums, with hits including “Wani Mareq Mareet,” “Amshi Lihali,” and “Mali Saber.” He also pursued a formal education in music, studying at the Higher Institute of Music in Lebanon for five years, choosing a concentration in oud and Arab vocal techniques. Alhelany has also performed in such musical events the Baalbek International Festival, Jerash Festival and Carthage Festival. Charitable causes have also taken precedence in Alhelany’s life, and he’s known to perform at concerts that raise money for such groups as the Women’s Development Association Hayati and WFP.
The first season of The Voice Kids was won by Lynn Alhayek, a 12-year-old Lebanese girl with no formal musical training. She was one of six kids to make it to the final, singing live from Beirut on a Saturday night in front of millions, the culmination of two-and-a-half months of hard work.
As a result of the victory, Lynn received a 250,000 Saudi riyal scholarship, along with the opportunity to record a Platinum Records single. Other finalists received 10,000 each in addition to the 5,000 granted to each kid who auditioned. Lynn stood out from the rest of the group because of her mature vocals and passion for music — she stated that she devotedly sings whenever she is not riding her bike or climbing trees. Hailing from Tripoli, she likes to frequent her favorite spots and sing her heart out there. She also added that she never expected to take part in the show, let alone win it.
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