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Poetry is a reality TV hit in the Middle East

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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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