Women, music, singing and dancing banned from Saudi reality show

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A Saudi city known for its ultra-conservatism has created its own version of the “Arabs Got Talent” television reality show, but with no music and women banned from taking part.

Instead, competitors will be permitted to perform religious chants, recite poems and engage in sports events.

The contest is being held north of the capital in the city of Buraydah, known as a centre for Wahhabism, a strict interpretation of Islam that is followed in the desert kingdom, Al-Hayat daily reported on Sunday.

“Buraydah’s Got Talent” is the title of the contest which will abide by the strict rules of segregation between the sexes, meaning it is not open to women.

Music, singing and dancing are strict no-nos, despite being staples in “Britain’s Got Talent” and similar talent competitions that have become a global viewing phenomenon with national versions televised in 32 countries.

The Saudi version, organised by the Internet Buraydah Forum, will take place in the open air before a jury comprising a poet, a television producer and TV presenters, Al-Hayat said, quoting forum supervisor Jalawi al-Shukair.

The Dubai-based Saudi television group MBC has for two seasons been running “Arabs Got Talent,” and a Saudi group is among this year’s finalists.

France24

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18 responses to “Women, music, singing and dancing banned from Saudi reality show”

  1. TripleC1 Avatar
    TripleC1

    This sounds like a complete waste of time. 

    1. dateam Avatar

      theyve been having auctions apparently for suicide bombers to go to syria

  2. TripleC1 Avatar
    TripleC1

    This sounds like a complete waste of time. 

    1. dateam Avatar

      theyve been having auctions apparently for suicide bombers to go to syria

  3. Leborigine Avatar
    Leborigine

    Well that will be entertaining – NOT!!

  4. Leborigine Avatar
    Leborigine

    Well that will be entertaining – NOT!!

  5. 5thDrawer Avatar
    5thDrawer

    Hahahahahahahahahaha – well, I guess we could call the ‘show’, (drum roll only please) REALITY BITES …. 😉

    (I try to imagine Saudi ‘Rap-Crap’ without scratchy records … hahahahhahahaa)
    (The ‘Waiter-Run’ contest is most dangerous … carry glass of scotch on head 50 yards in fastest time … spills measured for accuracy – but one drop in mouth and contestant loses head.)
    (Athletic contest – ‘Burka-Boinking’ – performed against green-sheet-draped wall with knot-hole only – no hands. Artistic/Interpretive Backgrounds added later – Poetry counts as extra, but Laugh-tracks not allowed.)

    1.  A REAL HIT WOULD BE  CALLED “SAUDIS GONE WILD” EXPOSING  THE HYPOCRICY  WHEN THE PLEASURE POLICE IS NOT LOOKING.

      1. 5thDrawer Avatar
        5thDrawer

        Well Geo … if that new ‘Pan-Arab’ station books this show, they won’t be in business for long. 🙂
        But I wonder what ‘advertising’ they could drag in … coffee maybe.

        1. Patience2 Avatar
          Patience2

           Lingerie, maybe?8:))

        2. 5thDrawer Avatar
          5thDrawer

          Ok .. boys in skirts for Patience2 😉

  6. 5thDrawer Avatar
    5thDrawer

    Hahahahahahahahahaha – well, I guess we could call the ‘show’, (drum roll only please) REALITY BITES …. 😉

    1.  A REAL HIT WOULD BE  CALLED “SAUDIS GONE WILD” EXPOSING  THE HYPOCRICY  WHEN THE PLEASURE POLICE IS NOT LOOKING.

      1. 5thDrawer Avatar
        5thDrawer

        Well Geo … if that new ‘Pan-Arab’ station books this show, they won’t be in business for long. 🙂
        But I wonder what ‘advertising’ they could drag in … coffee maybe.

        1. Patience2 Avatar
          Patience2

           Lingerie, maybe?8:))

        2. 5thDrawer Avatar
          5thDrawer

          Ok .. boys in skirts for Patience2 😉

  7. Patience2 Avatar
    Patience2

    Doesn’t remind me of any reality show I’ve ever heard of.  So … I don’t much like reality shows anyway.  They’re mostly unscripted, therefore needing no writers and so no story line at all.  Little entertainment value but for the brain-dead(or dying).  Without writers, they’re cheaper to produce, thus pleasing the you-know-who that run Hollywood.  I’ll take a good action/syfy show anytime.

  8. Patience2 Avatar
    Patience2

    Doesn’t remind me of any reality show I’ve ever heard of.  So … I don’t much like reality shows anyway.  They’re mostly unscripted, therefore needing no writers and so no story line at all.  Little entertainment value but for the brain-dead(or dying).  Without writers, they’re cheaper to produce, thus pleasing the you-know-who that run Hollywood.  I’ll take a good action/syfy show anytime.

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