No, I don’t watch TV. No, I have very little information about current TV shows. Yes, I spent much of my time surfing internet and social networks. And since am a big fan of Wael Kfoury’s voice and songs, yes, I liked his page on Facebook and followed him on Twitter. The mentioned social networks, informed me that he was shooting an episode with Asala Nasri. (oh she hosts a TV show now?? really?? she has a degree in journalism or any related field?? – ok time to search google ==> wikipedia; no mention about her education)
Ok, whatever, let’s watch the episode. Oh, but on what channel and when? From Wael’s Facebook page I was aware that the show is named “Soula”; searched Facebook pages and found her, liked the page and posted on their timeline asking for info about the date and timing of the episode; till now, no answer. So there was no way to know except for Wael’s page on Facebook.
Then came the day, me on the couch, TV on, waiting for the episode to begin. The show begins with Asala sitting down and talking and talking, all I could hear was “ana…ana…ana” (arabic word for me) so she was talking about herself not introducing her guests. Then came in Wael with music composer Bilal ElZein. She welcomed them and started to chat. And here’s how it went, she asked questions and once the guests start to answer she interrupts to talk again about herself (“ana laman kenet b london” = when i was in London ; “ana kenet 3end el couffeur *not coiffeur* = when i was at the hairdresser ; bla bla bla). Dear Asala, please note that you have to hear what others have to say especially that they are YOUR guests and YOU have asked them a question.
Ok cut the talking and start singing. Finally Wael is singing, am happy. Oh NO!!! Come on!! She holds her microphone and starts singing Please no . Now just to prove to you how awesome is Wael’s voice compared to hers, he was holding the mic with a big distance from his mouth, and still his voice was clear whether for high or low musical notes; but for Asala, the mic was very close to her mouth, and her voice really was disturbing.
Now, let’s talk about the band playing the music during the show. I think my little 5 year old sisters play better than them! No, it’s not exaggeration. Wael was asking them to play specific musical notes, they couldn’t. And it was obvious that he was upset, cause his hand was on his face hiding his disappointment.
Another guest on the show was singer Abir Nehme. Wow what a lovely voice!
An hour has passed and there on the screen was “to be continued”! Oh so there’s part two of this “lovely” episode?! Cool.
After one week, it’s time for part two, which was worse than part one. And especially with Asala trying to eat an apple with the mic on. Moreover, Abir was talking about the history of the music for the song “Li Beirut”, Wael asks her to sing it following special musical notes and he asked Asala to join them. Asala answered “I don’t know what you’re talking about, and by the way who sings this song?” Yes, Lady Asala doesn’t know that the awesome Fairuz sings “Li Beirut”!
You know the feeling when you’re watching a football game on TV and you’re so excited you’re about to jump into the TV and kick the ball? I had that same kind of feeling when I was watching the show, but always asking Asala to shut up!