Haifa joins MBC’s ‘Your Face Sounds Familiar’

Lebanese star part of jury on celebrity music contest to be broadcast on TV across the Arab world

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‘Your Face Sounds Familiar’ is set to premiere in the Arab world, featuring Lebanese star Haifa Wehbe as one of the jury members.

The hit global TV format, to be broadcast in Arabic, features celebrity contestants impersonating famous pop stars and divas from musical history, broadcaster MBC Group said this week.

Wehbe, along with artist Hakim and director Mohammad Samy, is set to judge the performers according to how faithful they are to the originals.

She said it would be her first time to participate in a mega entrainment show, adding that the first episode will include impersonations by the three jury members.

Broadcast on MBC4 and MBC Masr, the show will premiere this Saturday at 9pm Saudi Arabian time, or 10pm Egyptian time.

The eight celebrities taking part will mainly impersonate artists from the Arab World. The weekly cash prizes they win will be given to charitable organizations within the Arab world.

Mazen Hayek, MBC Group’s Official Spokesman and Group Director of PR & Commercial, said the show would have both a comedic and charitable twist.

“The heartfelt nobleness of the program is embodied in the charitable element that the celebrity contestants undertake to various causes across the Arab world,” he said.

The four male contestants are Abdelmenem Amayre, Tamer Abdelmenem, Wael Mansour and Khaled Al Shaer. The women contestants are: Dima Kandalaft, Mays Hamdan, Bassima and Jennifer Grout.

Grout, an American, also appeared on Arabs Got Talent.

MBC will produce and air the show, the global rights to which are owned by Endemol. It will be directed by Tony Kahwaji and presented by Tony Abou Jaoudéh.

It is the latest of several global TV formats to be broadcast in Arabic by MBC. Others include Arabs Got Talent and Arab Idol.

‘Your Face Sounds Familiar’ debuted in Spain, and variations have been broadcast in more than 20 other countries worldwide.

The Al Arabiya News Channel, of which this website is part, is also part of MBC Group.

‘Your Face Sounds Familiar’ launch

Lebanese star Haifa Wehbe will be one of the jury members on ‘Your Face Sounds Familiar’. (Image: MBC)
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