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Japanese singer stuns Arab Idol auditions

Nao Koyasu said that she meticulously memorized each song by writing the lyrics over and over

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Judges were in for a surprise at the upcoming season of Arab Idol's audition when a Japanese singer delivered a stellar performance of Fairouz "Aatini al Nai."

Nao Koyasu, who qualified for round 2, said that she meticulously memorized each song by writing the lyrics over and over.

According to Albawaba, as the 29-year-old singer left the room with her golden ticket and came face to face with the Arab Idol host Ahmed Fahmy, the Egyptian singer and songwriter, she froze and gave every indication that she had fallen in love at first sight. She breathed out one word as she stared at Fahmy: "Jameel."

This article was first published in Saudi Gazette on Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014.