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In photos: Ma'an talent show winners announced

June 28, 2014 9:45 A.M. (Updated: June 29, 2014 6:42 P.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) – Ma’an Network late Friday aired live the final episode of its reality talent competition show “Best Talent.”

Miral Ayyad, a 12-year-old girl from Abu Dis in East Jerusalem, won the title for competitors under 16 years old, while Rabee Wakim, a young Palestinian from al-Rama village in Israel won the title for competitors over 16.

Ten finalists including Miral and Rabee performed during the finale seeking to convince voters one last time.

Each winner was granted $5,000. Also, the producers of the show decided to grant a third award to Thana Harasha from Tulkarem because she was only seven votes away from Rabee Wakim.

Ministers of tourism Rula Maaya and agriculture and social affairs Shawqi al-Ayasa attended the final episode, which was aired live from the historic Murad Castle near Solomon's Pools south of Bethlehem.

Ma’an Network’s general manager Raed Othman was also present along with the director of Ma’an satellite TV, Muhamad Faraj, and the show’s manager and producer Nadim Darawsha. Commanders of Bethlehem police and other security services attended the final taping.

Before naming the winners, Othman announced that another version of the show would be planned for next year. He also announced that registration for the second version of Ma’an’s successful reality show “The President” has started. He urged young Palestinian men and women to contact Ma’an for registration if they believe they have the needed qualifications to compete for the title of young Palestinian president.

Othman highlighted that Ma’an TV would air a number of programs, shows and soap operas during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

Auditions for Best Talent started in mid-March.

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