Women are banned from Saudi Got talent show

Saudi singing group Ibda'a - For illustrative reasons

By Iqbal Tamimi

Women have been banned from a
talent show in Saudi Arabia.

The city of Buraydah in Saudi
Arabia has created its own version of “Britain Got Talent” television
reality show, but women are banned from taking part. Music, singing and dancing
are banned too and competitors will be permitted to perform religious songs and
recite poems only.

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“Buraydah’s Got Talent”
contest will abide by the strict rules of segregation between men and women as

The Saudi version of Britain Got
Talent TV format conceived and owned by Simon Cowell’s SYCOtv company, is organised
by the Internet Buraydah Forum, and will take place in the open air before a
jury comprising a poet, a television producer and TV presenters, Al-Hayat
newspaper reported.

Funny enough, the Arabic version
of Britain got talent that allows women, music, singing and dancing, debuted on
14 January 2011 on MBC 4 is also a Saudi production, but airing from outside
the borders of strict Saudi Arabia, from neighbouring cosmopolitan Dubai, where
one of the judges is a woman, the Lebanese singer, Najwa Karam; the other two
judges are: Lebanese journalist, Ali Jaber and Saudi comedian, Nasser Al


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