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Poetry is a reality TV hit in the Middle East


It has been called the 'American Idol of the Middle East' but in this showdown contestants recite poetry.

And while that may not sound like a winning formula for reality TV, it has actually proved an unlikely hit across the Arab world.

The BBC's Ben Thompson was at the final in Abu Dhabi.


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