Women, music banned from Saudi talent show

Buraydah's Got Talent restricts contestants to perform religious chants, recite poems
Women have been banned from a talent show in Buraydah in Saudi Arabia.
By Andy Sambidge
Mon 11 Jun 2012 05:07 PM

A city in Saudi Arabia has created its own version of the "Arabs Got Talent" television reality show, but music and women are banned from taking part.

The contest is being held in Buraydah, known as a centre for Wahhabism, a strict interpretation of Islam, AFP reported, citing the Al-Hayat daily newspaper.

Competitors will only be permitted to perform religious chants, recite poems and engage in sports events, it said.

"Buraydah's Got Talent" is the title of the contest which will abide by the strict rules of segregation between the sexes, the report added.

Music, singing and dancing are banned, despite being staples in "Britain's Got Talent" and similar talent competitions that have become a global viewing phenomenon with national versions televised in 32 countries.

The Saudi version, organised by the Internet Buraydah Forum, will take place in the open air before a jury comprising a poet, a television producer and TV presenters, Al-Hayat said.

The Dubai-based television group MBC has for two seasons been running "Arabs Got Talent", AFP said.

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