Agence France-PresseMay 1, 2013 23:00
Arab Idol contestant Abdel Karim Hamdan brought millions of television viewers to tears when he sang about the plight of his home town, the Syrian battered city of Aleppo.
"Aleppo, a flood of suffering, how much blood is shed in my country!" the 25-year-old sang in the Lebanon studio where the hugely popular show, modelled on British hit Pop Idol, is recorded.
"I wanted to sing the pain of my country," Hamdan told AFP in between rehearsals at the pan-Arab channel MBC in Beirut.