Star academy has been hosted by LBCI since 6 years. Star Academy in the Middle East shown on the Lebanese TV station: LBCI, and aired for 4 months with a Real TV Station put 24/7 showing the life of the candidates inside the academy. The presenter of the show for the 5 seasons that passed was Hilda Khalifeh, will she be the 6th season presenter as well!? The show is originally adapted from the French version and also based on the Spanish one. Taking place in Lebanon, Adma exactly
It started in 2003 with huge number of contestants applying to become real candidates in the show, and the number of contestants is increasing year after year due to the success of the show and fame that the candidates are achieving.
16 candidates were accepted in the academy for season 1 and 2, and 19 candidates for seasons 3 and 4), and during the 4 months they are put under training, studying, and acquiring all knowledge they need in order to become real stars, or let us say to have ONE star at the end of the program. Nominations, done every Tuesday according to evaluation test, eliminate one candidate out of three every week on Friday in the prime. The public saves the nominated candidates through phone calls and SMS, the one with the least rate gets out, and the candidates are obliged to choose one candidate. And this is a true difficult decision when candidates become building friendship among each other, or it could even be so easy and done in a tactical way.
The four winners of Star Academy: Mohammed Attia/Attieh (Egyptian), Hisham Abdelrahman(Saudi Arabia) , Joseph Attieh(Lebanese), Shaza Hassoun(Iraqi), Saad Ramadan (Lebanese), and Abd El Aziz(Saudi Arabia)
Not only had the winners got the biggest fame of all, but even other candidates who got to the final stages. We mention those who released albums, singles and even videos: Ahmed El Sherif, Bashar Al Shatty, Sophia El Mareekh, Bahaa' El Kafy, Amani Swaysi, Fadi Andrawos, …and some others.
The success of the candidates has been accompanied with the contribution of the teachers: Mary Mahfouz ( Voice techniques), Michel Fadel ( Songs' Practice),Wael Jabbar (Sports), Alisar Caracalla (Dance), Gabriel Yammin (Theater), Nazem Farah ( Show Teacher), Wadih Abi Raad (Songs' Practice), Osama Rahbani (Musical Education) and the Academy director: Roula Saad.
Each prime held many surprises for the candidates, those of which were the dream to come true, and others that has truly been some sort of astonishments. Tina Yamout prepared a duet with Chris De Burgh, Sally Ahmed signed a contract with Rotana for 3 years, and acted in a movie series. And many TV and magazine interviews were done with the candidates, MTV, Jaras, Dream TV…
Shaza Hassoun was granted the gift of undergoing a nose surgery but it couldn't be done due to her allergy on some medicines. However, LBC signs contracts with the candidates and they sort of put harsh rules that could stop them from going upwards on the fame ladder. Just like Amal signing with Rotana was postponed until expiry of contract with LBC. Same as for Ahmad Daoud who was given from Prince El Waleed Ben Talal, the star role in a movie Kef Al Hal… After each season, the candidates who stayed in the final stage go on tour in the Arab World and they perform for their fans. They do concerts in Jordan, Egypt, Tunisia, Syria, Bahrain, Morocco, Kuwait, KSA, and Oman….everywhere. Some countries from the Arab world didn't easily accept the idea of the whole program. Many people criticized Star Academy. The criticism involved the intimate relationships between the candidates and how they were kissing and hugging each other, knowing that such actions are not accepted everywhere due to cultural differences. And now everyone is waiting for 7th season ? Star Academy 7!!!