Monday, June 13, 2011

Arabs' Got Talent: Orphans and olives

I loved this story in The National today about the UAE auditions for the upcoming second season of Arabs' Got Talent. It contained one of the saddest paragraphs I have read in quite some time. In addition to Michael Jackson and Donald Duck impersonators, two friends turned up.

Ahmed Khamis, a 17-year-old Emirati, tackled My Heart Will Go On, the theme song from the 1997 film Titanic. He and his friend Salman, both orphans from Dar Zayed in Al Ain, had a different reason for coming to the auditions.

"Maybe our parents would recognise us on TV and come for us," said Ahmed.

Another hopeful's talent was carving fruit and veg (he demonstrated for the judges by turning a watermelon into a flower), which led to this delicious sentence:

The smallest food he has worked with, he revealed, was an olive.

1 comment:

Delia said...

Ohhh Lord.... I'm moving to AD by the end of July and I was kind of hoping I won't have to sell a kiddney for a cup of tea.

But nice gesture and it really looks amazing.

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