With filming scheduled to begin next month, the show will air in December this year.
Saudi Arabia’s General Entertainment Authority (GEA) and MBC Group have announced Saudi Idol, a new version of the international reality music competition series Idol televised talent show franchise.
“I’m happy to announce a new partnership between GEA and MBC Group to launch Saudi Idol… The programme begins in December 2022” tweeted GEA’s chairman Turki Al-Sheikh.
A four-member jury comprised of Saudi singer Aseel Abu Bakr, Emirati singer and actress Ahlam, Syrian singer Asala, and Iraqi-Saudi singer and composer Majed Al Mohandis, will attempt to hunt local talent, mainly in Riyadh, with filming scheduled to begin in October.
Announcing registration for the programme, MBC tweeted: “You have a beautiful voice and would you like to sing? Do you like competition and enter the world of limelight and fame? Participate in the largest singing program. Don’t miss the chance, register now.”
The Idol franchise was originally created by Simon Fuller, with its many international spin-offs including Arab Idol. The pan-Arab show was a version of the Idol series SuperStar, which was broadcast on Lebanon’s Future TV for five seasons between 2003 to 2018.