Most of you hardcore Eurovision fans will remember Aline Lahoud. She was meant to represent Lebanon in the 2005 Eurovision Song Contest in Kiev, but Lebanon were forced to withdraw because they would not guarantee broadcasting the Israeli performance. It later became a fan favourite, and many still await the day Lebanon will return—and hopefully with Aline.
Well, last night on French TV Ms. Lahoud auditioned for The Voice of France. She sang “Khedni Mahni”, an Arabic song, and three judges turned around within 20 seconds! The fourth judge turned around shortly after. She was shocked. One of the jurors—the famous singer Mika—is also Lebanese (although more British) and he already knows her really well. In the end she decided to join up with juror Florent Pagny.
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Will Aline win this competition for her native Lebanon? And will that spur Lebanon to return to the contest? We surely hope so. Best of luck to her!
William Cahill contributed this report from Ireland, and is one of our Irish correspondents. Follow the team from wiwibloggs.com on Twitter @wiwibloggs and keep up with the latest Eurovision news by liking our Facebook page.