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Abu Dhabi gets it right with the ‘Million’s Poet’ in drive to bring the region’s heritage back to it

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Thursday, 31 January 2008

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United Arab Emirates

Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage

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It is clear that Abu Dhabi's Authority for Culture and Heritage has succeeded in its drive to entice its youth from around the region back to its roots with around 2000 Million's Poet fans turning up on Tuesday night to watch the last episode in the first phase of the hit TV show, live at Al Raha Beach Theatre in Abu Dhabi.

With its biggest audience yet fans arrived in scores to fill Abu Dhabi's largest theatre and watch the last eight poets battle it out to reach the second phase of the competition. The 15 week competition has been running for six weeks now with million's of viewers tuning into Abu Dhabi TV and the Poet Channel to watch 48 poets become 24, taking the best of the region's poets one step closer to winning the esteemed title of the ‘Million's Poet' and 1 million AED.

At the beginning of Tuesday's round the show's hosts Dareen Khalifa and Hussein Al Amari announced the votes for last week's poets revealing which two would succeed to the next round. Abdullah Al O'taibi and Falah Al Dhafiri from Saudi Arabia received the highest number of SMS votes taking them into the second round which will begin next week.

Tuesday night's show received its largest live audience yet with around 2000 young men and women from around the Gulf region attending the show. Joining the fans were a number of VIPs including Sheikh Abdullah bin Mohammed bin Khaled Al Nahyan, Head of the Board of Executors for the Al Ain Football Club and fellow competitors who have already been knocked out of the competition including Munira Sabt from Bahrain who was eliminated at the end of the first episode.

The strongest poets of the night were Amr bin Amru from Yemen receiving 78% for excellence in the live audience voting and Mohammed Al Munhali from the UAE who received 89% for excellence, they were also selected by the Judges to join the 44 poets who have already been chosen to compete in round two of the hit competition.

Amr performed a vivid poem about his country, Yemen ,describing its age old civilization and the wisdom and glory of his country, he recites about Belqees the Queen of Sheba who ruled over Yemen centuries ago and for that received loud applauses from the audience. Amr surprised viewers by receiving glowing remarks from the Judges and even more surprising was Dr. Ghassan Hassan's comments that his poem was excellent as every one knows Dr. Ghassan is the toughest of the five Judges.

It looked like the majority of the crowds were out to see Mohammed Al Munhali perform as he received standing ovations before, during and after his performance. Mohammed gave respects to his country as well as his leaders and in his poem reminded the audience and Judges that poetry is from the heart.

Female poet, Hilala, was stunning, giving one of the most confident performances of the night. Hilala strode gracefully onto the stage to perform her poem entitled ‘An Arabian Girl's Dream'. She too recited about her country Oman and her love for Abu Dhabi saying, ‘Muscat is my mother and Abu Dhabi is my cousin'.

Her words echoed through the theatre as words of advice reminding her viewers that life is too short and that they should not forget the important actions in their lives. She advised her fellow listeners that they should not stray away from their faith and that it was her duty to tell them so.

Hilala received 62% for excellence from the live audience voters and succeeded in not getting eliminated at the end of the show. Viewers now have one week to vote via SMS for their favorite two poets from the remaining five to complete the 24 who have made it through to the second phase.

With a break from Poetry, Al Yazyah one of the UAE's most popular female singers got the crowd up and dancing on the night singing one of her latest songs from her new Album. The second phase of the competition begins next Tuesday night with a new format and even tougher tasks for the poets to endure. The five Judges will be sure to test the poets' talents in the hardest part of the competition yet.

Tune in today and Sunday to watch the Recap shows on Abu Dhabi TV and the Million's Poet Channel at 20:00. Viewers can watch exclusive interviews with this week's poets and find out what they got up to over the week.

The live shows are aired on Abu Dhabi TV on Tuesdays at 22:30. Repeats of the show and also extra exclusive behind the scenes footage can be viewed around the clock on the dedicated Million's Poet Channel on Nile Sat 11919 MHTz, Horizontal, 27500, ¾ and Arabsat Bader 4 DL, 11804 Horizontal, 27500, ¾.

It is free to attend the live show each week on Tuesdays at Al Raha Beach Theatre, audience members are asked to arrive by 21:00. This show has been commissioned by the Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage and is produced by Pyramedia.

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