A Palestinian wins the Arab Idol and the entire nation unites to celebrate

Hundreds of Palestinians gathered in Bethlehem to watch their very own win the prestigious award

A Palestinian wins the Arab Idol and the entire nation unites to celebrate

Yacoub Shaheen, the 23-year-old son of a Syriac Christian carpenter, on Saturday night won the pan-Arab singing competition, defeating a fellow Palestinian and a Yemeni in the finals filmed in Lebanon. (AFP)

A Palestinian wins the Arab Idol and the entire nation unites to celebrate

He became the second Palestinian to win the contest after Mohammed Assaf (AFP)

A Palestinian wins the Arab Idol and the entire nation unites to celebrate

Hundreds of people including the town mayor gathered in front of a large screen in Bethlehem's Manger Square to watch Shaheen sing in the final of the popular television show. (AFP)

A Palestinian wins the Arab Idol and the entire nation unites to celebrate

Supporters celebrated all night after Shaheen won, waving Palestinian flags and emblems of the Christian Syriac church. (AFP)

A Palestinian wins the Arab Idol and the entire nation unites to celebrate

Hundreds of Palestinians came together to see the young singer from the occupied West Bank city become the second Palestinian to win the Arab Idol television song contest. (AFP)

A Palestinian wins the Arab Idol and the entire nation unites to celebrate

The first Palestinian winner Mohammed Assaf, who was raised in a refugee camp in the Gaza Strip, won Arab Idol against all odds aged 23 in 2013. Assaf became a symbol of Palestinian resilience when he won in 2013, inspiring two-time Oscar nominee Hany Abu-Assad to direct a feature film about him.
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A Palestinian wins the Arab Idol and the entire nation unites to celebrate

Yacoub Shaheen's mother, Norma Shaheen, thanked the crowd after public vote results came in and said "Yacoub won with his voice, his education, his good manners, as well as his love for his people, Bethlehem and Palestine," (AFP)