Saudi Arabian Arabs have the chance to compete in an exciting new talent show modeled after America's Got Talent. Women are banned from entering the contest which also prohibits music.
"Buraydah’s Got Talent" is the Saudi version of the television reality show, with just a few of the key ingredients that make it so popular missing. Alarabiya reported "competitors will be permitted to perform religious chants, recite poems and engage in sports events."
Due to Saudi's strict policy of segregating the sexes only men will be permitted to enter the contest, which will be held in the city of Buraydah, a staunch-hold of Wahhabism, Islam's most fundamental tenet. The talent show will be held outdoors.
"Buraydah's Got Talent" should not be confused with the popular show "Arabs Got Talent" produced by Dubai-based Saudi television group MBC. MBC also produces "Arab Idol", the second most popular show in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, according to the National.
Saudi group "Khawater Al Thalam" is wowing audiences on the MBC "Arabs Got Talent" show, according to Waleg. They report the Saudi entrants enacted a "beautiful sketch that moved ghostly through the darkness."