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An American singer who cannot even speak Arabic has come runner-up in television reality show Arabs Got Talent after wooing audiences across the Middle East.
The renditions of classical Arab songs by Jennifer Grout, a petite blonde from Boston, Massachusetts, ensured she was among the three finalists in the popular show.
First prize in the pan-Arab contest went to Syrian dance troupe Sima for a performance portraying the autocratic rule of veteran leaders in the Middle East, MBC network announced late Saturday.
But Grout -- the only non-Arab to compete -- came close behind along with Palestinian artist Mohammad al-Diri, who captured audiences by drawing portraits of prominent Arab and international figures using original and diverse techniques.
The 23-year-old, who taught herself to sing difficult and popular Arab songs without speaking a word of the language, stunned audiences with her voice.
She grew up in a musical home, and came upon Arab music after reading an online article aboutRead More »from US singer wows in 'Arabs Got Talent' reality show
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