Arab Idol Abdel Karim Hamdan !
I have been a keen follower of American Idol since it was first introduced in the year 2002. It has become a recognized springboard for launching the career of many, Carrie Underwood being one of the most successful of the lot.
The first Arab Idol was launched in 2011. It has become an instant success, in the region, and being broadcast on MBC 1 and simultaneously on LBC ‘Artist exorcises demons…….’ (3 May) struck my eyes instantly when I opened the newspapers.
I watched this particular program and I can’t express how much I was moved by this young artist’s rendition.
Abdel Karim Hamdan of Syria had a very powerful voice and reminded me of that great Lebanese singer Wael Kfoury, who is currently leading the pack of powerful voices in business now.
He showed that he can still go high and sky is his limit! Although his style is totally different, we can say that we have another Psy in the making?
In the You Tube, I noticed there have been 4,557,949 views so far for this young Syrian’s song. This is far above any recognized Arab singers in the Arab world in this short span of time.
It is not only the audience but all the judges of the contest including veterans Nancy and Alama gave him a rousing and standing ovation for his heartbreaking song about his motherland, Syria.
There is no doubt that Abdel Karim Hamdan has a very bright future.
We wish him all the best!
- Asian Tribune -