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When TV takes a turn for the verse

March 10, 2008

Last Tuesday night, 70 million viewers across the Middle East tuned in to watch Million’s Poet, an American Idol style reality competition show with poetry instead of pop ballads.

“I thought nobody cared about poetry, but this show changed everything. It made people think about poets more than football,” said Mahdi al-Wayli, a 33-year-old electrician who won a place in the final reciting poems inspired by a double divorce.

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