Mansour's role on the series is to share hilarious commentary on the contestants and bring a light-hearted perspective to the competition.
Egyptian standup comedian Khalid Mansour has been selected by OSN to be the voice in the Original production of Yalla Neta’asha, the Arabic adaptation of UK show Come Dine With Me.
OSN will be airing the show in October 2020 as one of the first Original productions set to air this year. Selecting regional talent for the key role of the narrator was important for OSN.
Mansour’s role on the series is to share hilarious commentary on the contestants and bring a light-hearted perspective to the competition.
As narrator, Mansour will introduce each contestant and describe their backgrounds so that audiences can get to know each of them a little better.
Audiences can expect bold jokes in between segments and contestant interviews, sharing thoughts out loud that secretly everyone is thinking while watching and highlighting the contestants’ mistakes and shortcomings.
Mansour is famous for headlining the Arabic version of Saturday Night Live, an OSN Original production and the famous show El Bernameg. Khalid began his career as a voice-over actor in commercials and later established himself as a stand-up comedian. Following El Bernameg, Khalid took part in the comedy series El Kebeer Awi as well as the movie X Large.
He also interviewed international celebrities on the red carpet at the 88th Oscar awards.
Yalla Neta’asha follows the same format of the original UK edition of Come Dine With Me where each week, four amateur Arab chefs will take turns hosting each other at their houses for a dinner party where they have prepared a three-course dinner over four consecutive nights.
Guests will then secretly rate the evening out of ten with the top scorer revealed at the end of the week. The 45-episode series of Yalla Neta’asha will be available to watch on OSN and the OSN streaming app weekly from Sunday to Thursday.
On his role as narrator, Mansour said: “I’m honoured and thrilled to be working with OSN once again, this time on a new OSN Original Yalla Neta’asha. My experience with OSN started on SNL Bel Arabi, and I’m grateful to them for believing in me once more and giving me this opportunity to be a part of such an exciting production. I am looking forward to being a part of this new show, created by a regional talent for a regional audience. I have lots of jokes up my sleeve for the show, and I’m sure viewers will be laughing along as they watch.”
Rolla Karam, Interim Chief Content Officer at OSN remarked: “In the UK edition of Come Dine With Me, the narrator Dave Lamb is arguably the personality that makes the show worth watching and has become a cult classic with his cutting sarcasm. Our production team made sure to choose the right person carefully to deliver the same impact for Yalla Neta’asha and we’re ecstatic to have Khalid Mansour on board, as someone who truly understands the nuances of humour in the region. We are excited to be working with Arab talent like Khalid Mansour for the show and know that his endlessly entertaining sense of humour will delight our audiences.”