Mawazine 2015: Melhem Zain not impressed with talent-show judges

Lebanese singer Melhem Zain at the Mawazine Festival in Morocco. Courtesy Youness Hamiddine
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Lebanese singer Melhem Zain has declared that remarks by talent-show judges are generally weak and superficial.

Speaking before his Wednesday, June 3 performance at the Mawazine Festival in Morocco, the 32-year-old said young contestants are not benefiting from the remarks by some of the all-star judging panels.

“It would have been better, in my opinion, that they received advice from someone that has a real in-depth and academic knowledge of the art form,” he said.

"For example, when it comes to Arab Idol – and I have a lot of respect for everyone on that panel – I pay particular attention to what [Egyptian musician] Hassan El Shafei says because he is a producer and arranger and he gives great feedback. He doesn't just say 'You look good, your hair is nice and don't be scared next time.'"

The Mawazine Festival runs until Saturday, June 6.