You can sense the tension increasing on "Star Academy 7" as four more primes remain before a winner is named on June 4th. Competition between the students has intensified, as was seen during last Friday evening's 12th prime (May 7th), which ended in Zeina from Syria leaving the Academy.
The public vote gave Tahrah from Morocco the highest percentage with 62.24%, while Mahmoud Shukri from Egypt got 22.88% and Zeina received 14.88%. The student vote saved Mahmoud Shukri with four votes against three for Zeina.
With Zeina's departure from the program, nine students are left to compete for the title of Star Academy 2010, including: Ramy from Lebanon, Sultan from Saudi Arabia, Mohammad Ramadan from Jordan, Mahmoud Shukri from Egypt, Nassif from Syria, Tahra from Morocoo, Asma and Badriyah from Tunisia, and Rahmah from Iraq.
Meanwhile, the evening featured several guest stars and song and dance performances.
The winner of Star Academy 3, Lebanese singer Joseph Attieh, kicked off the evening with his song "Law Ghayarouha" with Nassif and Mohammad Ramadan. Then, after a solo performance of "Mawhoum", he was joined by Nassif and Ramy in "El Haq Ma Bi Mout".
Attieh recalled the moments of fear and challenge he experienced in the Academy. He advised students to consider all these moments as a stepping stone to achieving ambitions and goals on the way to stardom.
Egyptian folk singer Abu El-Leef performed "Dol El Settat Majanin" with Sultan and Ramy, and "King Kong" with Nassif.
El-Leef addressed his speech to the youth, saying that "nothing is impossible, if a person has will and resolve", in reference to his own success after the age of 40.
After expressing her happiness at being in Lebanon, the third guest star of the evening, European singer Kate Ryan, sang "Ella Ella" and "Voyage" with Zeina.
As is custom, the evening featured a number of song and dance numbers and solos. Mahmoud Shukri performed in the "Superman" tableau, which ended with a surprise: former student Miral joined him and sang "I Need a Hero".
Asma and Badryah performed "Am Bemzah Ma'ak" in the "Cigarette" tableau; Mohammad Ramadan did a solo performance of the song "La Tchekki Fyi", while Asma and Rahmah sang "Ra'esni Dakhlak Ya Habibi" within the "Oriental" tableau.
Other songs featured "Btes'al Ley Aalayah" by Badriyah, "Yejilak Yom" by Sultan, "Twassa Twassa Fyi" by nominee Zeina and "Be Easy" by Mahmoud Shukri.
The evening also included a segment about the weekly student evaluation session by artist Osama Rahbani, and a report on student representative Mahmoud Shukri who was delegating his duties to his successor Ramy.
In the weekly "Top Four" report, Mohammad Ramadan and Nassif tied for first place, Mohammad for his emotional performance and self-confidence, and Nassif for his confidence on stage and vocal capabilities.
Badriyah ranked second for her ability to perform tarab and folk songs, as well as the quality of her voice. Sultan came in third for being "hard-working and diligent" in his work and Ramy ranked fourth his "successful performance" of the song "Shou Ameltelli Bel Balad?" in the previous prime.