Saturday, December 7, 2013

WATCH: American Jennifer Grout Astonishes The World On Arabs Got Talent

Jennifer Grout left the American city Boston months ago to take part of Arabs Got Talent, now she is almost ready to go back to Boston, but things won't be the same for her. She now has the attention of the Arabic world who has grown fond of her and her performances and covers of beloved Arabic oldies. Jennifer Grout, a 23-year-old singer from Boston, speaks no Arabic—and yet she’s become a phenomenon across the Middle East for her flawless renditions of classic songs on the spinoff series Arabs Got Talent.

I can see the State Department making her a good will ambassador and sending her on a tour. But I think right before that the MBC network is trying to come up with a clever way to market Jennifer Grount--if that's what she wants to do. It has been nearly 40 years since the legendary Arab diva, Umm Kulthum, passed away. Now, the most unlikely candidate may follow in her footsteps: A 23-year-old American girl, who as it turns out, hardly speaks a word of Arabic.

I know she can have a busy career in the States, Arab expats will pay top dollars to see her perform live. Sure she came to win the third spot--not sure who will win the Arabs Got Talent title fro its third season. Her finale song was something worth revisiting and replaying over and over. Let's not forget the Palestinian contestant who paints with fire and was among the three finalists.

She has really connected with people and they loved her and that smile of hers, she is ready to talk about her experience and hope this would be a good chance for her to be a bridge of cultural understanding. The Syrian dance troupe may have bested her, but Jennifer is the one that will be laughing all the way to the bank while doing something that makes her people so proud.

However, some critics have questioned the larger message behind the attention Grout’s successes has garnered.

“The assumption seems to be that there is nothing special about the global South imitating Western culture, since that is just the way of the world,” Mariam Bazeed, an Egyptian writer and vocalist in New York, told the New York Times. “But when a Westerner deigns to imitate ‘ethnic’ cultures, then it’s suddenly this great act, worthy of documenting.”  I would respond, that it wasn't America that made Jennifer famous, it was that the Arabs loved her so much. Also, if an Arab does well on American show or if he does country songs, the media would be calling him/her.
Arabs Got Talent - الاغنية الحصرية التي أدتها - جنيفر جراوت

Arabs Got Talent - متى بدأت جنيفر بالاستماع الى الأغاني العربية؟ - جنيفر جراوت

Jennifer grout sing أم كلثوم -Arabs got talents-


  1. Really it is an important news to the non-muslim that Jenifer Grout accepted Islam. See more video.