Arab Idol Contestant Ibtisam Hospitalized, Recovers

Arab Idol Contestant Ibtisam

Moroccan student Ibtisam, a major hopeful in this year’s Star Academy Arab World had an accident during gym class last Friday: she suddenly slipped and fell on the floor and started crying in pain. Her classmates freaked out, reports the blog, an ambulance was called and she was rushed to the hospital. A while later she was back, and, apparently, was able to participate in last night’s first weekly evaluation.


Star Academy Arabia is an Arabic adaptation of the French television show Star Academy, involving 20 or so contestants that live in an isolated penthouse apartment for 4 months, with one of them being eliminated every week through a nomination process.

The contestants showcase their talents in a weekly concert, sharing the stage with the most popular singers in the Arab World.

Based in Adma, north of Beirut, Lebanon, the show, is hosted by Hilda Khalife, is aired for 4 months on the Egyptian TV station CBC and on the Lebanese channel LBCI. Casting for this year’s show was held in Amman, Beirut, Erbil, Dubai, Cairo, Alexandria, Casablanca, Marrakech, Tunis, and Sousse.

Ibtisam, who had the gym mishap, had participated before in the second season of Arab Idol, an Arabic television show based on the popular British show Pop Idol created by Simon Fuller. That second season was eventually won by Palestinian singer Mohammad Assaf.

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