Written By: Fares Anam
Article Date: Dec 22, 2010 - 9:08:49 PM
Yemeni star Fouad Abdelwahid, who won the Gulf Star singing competition, arrivedTuesday night in front of a crowd of his fans, journalists, and supporters. Fouad recently won the Gulf Star signing competition aired and organized by Dubai TV broadcasting from the Lebanese capital of Beirut.
Fouad was born in Taiz and is from Shar’ab Al-Sallam district. He received the competition’s winning medal and 100,000 UAE Derhm.
Abdelwahed fought strong competition with nearly five hundred participants that were selected with for their singing abilities from various Arab countries. The Commission selected 28 participants to be qualified for the second phase of the competition and he was one of them. In the third stage of the competition, he moved among the 15 participants.
President Ali Abdullah Saleh made a phone call before the start of the final episode and wished success to Fouad.
A press conference that scheduled to take place after his arrival was canceled for unknown reasons
The star Abdelwahed distinguished himself from the other competitors with his beautiful voice by musical voice, singing for some of the most well known artists in the Arab world. He has already got the first place in the “Race of Knowledge” carried out for school students at the level of Yemen. He also has won first place in the program “to sing to Beijing” and was also awarded the President of the Republic of Yemen Arts prize in 2007 and participated in a conference for the Children in Jordan and the Youth Conference in Turkey.
The people of Yemen were overjoyed with the announcement when the news broke that Fouad was the winner of the Gulf star competition after hours of waiting for the final judgement
Hundreds of people in his hometown of Taiz visited his family to congratulate them. Hundreds of people gathered outside of his family’s home to wait for the announcement of the winner. The Yemeni public expressed how proud they were of their talented star. “I feel that I am own the world of joy and born again,” said his cousin Mo’ath Monasar.
“Fouad restored the dignity of Yemeni art and by his beautiful voice could remove our sadness and fill our hearts with happiness and joy,” said Fouad al-Hasri.
The jury of the competition described Abdelwahed as a talented singer who has the ingredients for success, good performance, distinctive appearance, and the natural passion for performance.
“You are a masterpiece penned by Yemen, you have beautiful tone and voice,” said Kuwaiti singer Abdullah Al-Rowaished. “You are a passionate person that carefully considers anything they sing,” he added.
A delegation from Yemen went to attend the final episode of the program, attended by Yemeni singer Ayoub Taresh Absi and the commander of Central Security Forces, Yahya Mohammed Abdullah Saleh.
The Executive Director of the Yemen Mobile Company, Sadeq Musleh said that the Chairman of the parliamentary bloc of the ruling party, Sultan al-Barakani, donated 120,000 telephone messages to vote for the singer, equally with the businessman Shawqi Ahmed Hayel. “The Minister of Communication, and the merchant Tawfiq Abdulraheem, donated 50,000 messages,” he added.
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