The tenth prime of Star Academy on Friday (April 23rd) was a turning point for the students. For the first time this season, two left the show rather than just one.
In the final minutes of the evening, four student nominees took the stage to receive the results of the popular vote. Tahra from Morocco, Miral from Syria, Abdel Aziz from Kuwait and Asma from Tunisia.
The viewers voted in favour of Tahra, a nominee for the fifth time, with 48.25%. After the student vote, Tahra, back in the safe zone, had to break the tie between Asma and Miral, who each received an equal number of votes. Tahra decided to give her vote to Asma, after which Miral left the Academy along with Abdel Aziz, the only contestant from Kuwait.
With 10 students now out of the academy, the next phase of the showdown will be limited to 11 students.
Lebanese singer Myriam Faris opened the 10th prime of the season with songs "Wahishni Eh" with Tahra and "Nadini" with Rahma. She then sang "Ey Illi Byehsal" solo and "Inta Bet Oul Eh" with Badriya and Asma.
International star R.I.O. performed his song "Shine On" with Miral and Mahmoud Shukri as well as "After the Love" with Shukri.
As is custom, the four nominees performed solo with Miral singing "Frozen," Abdel Aziz "Oul Rjaat Leh," Tahra "Qudam Al-Kul Hlaftelak," and Asma "Ma Hada La Hada". In the tarab singing segment, Mohammad Ali sang "Ala Shat Bahr Al-Hawa," while Zeina performed "I'tazalet Al-Gharam," Badriya sang "Mali", and Nassif "Hamama Beida".
The evening also featured a number of song-and-dance pieces, with Rahma and Asma dividing up the song "Ya Wad Ya T'il", set within a movie poster-like tableau. Sultan and Mahmoud Shukri performed the song "Eh Viva España". Other numbers included the song "Addak el Mayas" by Mohammad Ramadan and "Khedni Maak" by Rami.
Video reportages included a segment on Arab youth constantly monitoring the programme's contestants via Facebook and Twitter, and one about student delegate Mahmoud Shukri, who announced a charitable project.
In the Top Five contest, Sultan from Saudi Arabia ranked first for the ninth time, for which he received a cash award, and was dubbed "Sultan of the Academy". Rami occupied second place thanks to his "tender voice and nice performance", while Zeina came in third. Mohammad Ramadan's "romantic voice and charismatic presence on stage" placed him in the fourth place and Badriya came in fifth.