Friday, September 08, 2006



I'm at home, watching "Aravision 2006" on Israel's leading Channel 2. It's a word play on "Eurovision," the annual singing competition between all the European countries... and Israel.
Aravision, however, is much less global in scale. It features young Arab singers and dancers from Haifa, Jerusalem, Nazareth, and other cities in Israel.
An Aravision Contestant

The show also reminds me of Kochav Nolad ("A Star is Born" - the Israeli rip-off of "American Idol," in its fourth year). They've even brought Zvika Hadar, the annual host of Kochav Nolad, to speak to the competitors (in Arabic) and wish everyone good luck.
The subtitles translate Zvika Hadar's words as, "Music brings the two nations and the Jewish and Arabic culture closer together."
Although the show is entirely in Arabic, there are subtitles in Hebrew. The songs all seem to be love songs.

"Who am I going to cry and complain to now?" this contestant sings.

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