Saudi’s Got Talent.. But no singing, dancing or women!!
What really could be the point of a talent show that will not entertain singing, dancing or even women? Well we are about to find out as hardline Muslims release their very own BGT, Saudi’s Got Talent!
Acts that are approved to perform on the show include religious chanting, poetry and sporting feats, as long as they are dedicated to Allah!
However, it would seem Dubai were a little more liberal with their rules, despite female singer Shamma Hamdan, 18, from the United Arab Emirates, appearing on it without wearing a headscarf.
But not to worry, not much chance of that sort of controversy on Saudi’s Got Talent, which takes place in an outside arena with a poet and a TV producer as judges, as they have banned women from the competition entirely!
Organised by the strict Wahhabism branch of Islam, Saudi’s Got Talent is following a fatwa taken out by followers of the show to ban women, which also saw them banned from driving cars because they think it may encourage them to have affairs, according to the Sun Newspaper.
Simon Cowell, the reality talent puppeteer behind the Britain’s Got Talent format, which has 39 worldwide spin-offs already, is said to be unaware of this new project.
A spokesman for Cowell said: “This programme has nothing to do with Syco or Simon.”
And Sun TV critic Ally Ross was also unimpressed by the thought of the show, commenting: “Religious chanting and sports events do not generally go — ask anyone who’s tried watching a Rangers v Celtic game on Sky Sports.
“But if the Saudis ban women from the judging panel, is there not something British TV can learn from this?
“Our BGT without singers, dancers, and women would only leave Pudsey the dog. He’d last about five minutes in showbiz without dance partner Ashleigh. Buraidah’s Got Talent? It’s a no from me, Wahhabis.”
Watch a clip from Arabs Got Talent in the clip below: