After a Tearful Iraqi Ballad, Shada Hassoun Unites Iraq Winning Pan-Arab Idol!

Shada Hassoun, an Iraqi contestant in an Arab-world talent competition similar to American Idol has managed to unite her country like no government can.

The telecast smashed an Iraqi telecommunications record as seven million phone customers sent SMS messages for her to win, compared to an average of no more than 150,000 texts a day, said an official at company Iraqna.

That’s more than one out of four Iraqis sending a text message in one night!

Iraqis cheer as the results on a giant TV screen showed the winning of Shada Hassoon in the pan-Arab Star Academy reality show contest, in Arbil. Hassoon shot to stardom in her war-torn homeland on Saturday as a symbol of unity after winning an Arab version of “American Idol” in a glitzy Beirut final.(AFP/Safin Hamed)

Shada Hassoon won with 40.63% of the votes, whereas Marwa Binsaghir was second with 28.65%, and with Mohammad Qammah at 25.06% and Carlo Nakhle at 5.66% finishing fourth.

Iraq’s Shada Hassoon holds up her national flag after winning the pan-Arab Star Academy reality talent show and competition in Adma, north of Beirut, 30 March. Charismatic Iraqi singer Hassoon has shot to stardom in her war-torn homeland on as a symbol of unity after winning an Arab version of “American Idol” in a glitzy Beirut final.(AFP/Anwar Amro)

More than 20 versions of Star Academy appear around the world. The Arab program is produced in Beirut by the Lebanese Broadcasting Corp.
Shada wooed the audience on this night of Star Academy:
(3 minutes 50 seconds)

One Comment: Shada ur the best!! NO COMPETITION!!! YOU’RE MAKING US VERY PROUD!!!VERY PROUD!!!just try to be more patient with these kids!!

Shada has already been offered TV commercial spots because of her popularity.

This was interesting… In one show the contestants sang together, “Feed the World-Let them know it’s Christmastime.” Video HERE.

Alphabet City has another photo of her winning.

Singer Shada Hassoun Unites Iraqis (Video)

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