Lebanese diva Maya Diab a Beyonce copycat?
Imitation may be flattery, but Diab's new video for song "Ya Niyali" bears an almost unsettling resemblance to a Beyoncé hit
Big hair, sultry dance moves and long, lingering looks at the camera, Lebanese songstress Maya Diab, formerly part of girl group 4Cats, is now being touted as a copycat for apparently imitating pop diva Beyonce's shoot for song "1+1."
Diab is an actress and singer who has also hosted a show on MTV Lebanon. She began her solo career in 2011, after finding success with 4Cats.
Imitation may be flattery, but Diab's new video for song "Ya Niyali" bears an almost unsettling resemblance to Beyonce's hit.
The opening scene sees a ray of light pierce through the darkness to shine on a futuristically dressed Maya Diab. Cut to the next scene and Diab turns to face the camera, and her fans, in a close-up shot, messy blond locks, heavily made up eyes and all.
Beyonce belts her vocals against the same black background, messy blond locks and a series of close-up shots complete the first scene.
Both singing sensations took a page out of the "How to Be a Diva Handbook," reaching out to their TV viewers in emotional attempts to grab at the screen.
Perhaps the most similar shots are those featuring a film of running water. Beyonce appears on screen, running her fingers through a sheet of water as she hits the bridge of 1+1.
Likewise, Diab flirts with the lens behind running water before flitting to a scene where wind runs through the strands of her hair.
And yes, you've guessed it, by the looks of it Beyonce could have used the very same fan to blow her tresses up and out in the dramatic shot.
Both artists then add streams of material to their outfits, billowing in slow motion as the song plays on.
Diab gets one up on the U.S. Grammy award winner by introducing her male lead earlier in the video. Both men stand behind their leading ladies and are barely visible, hidden by streaming hair.