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Farrah Yousef

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Farrah Yousef
فرح يوسف
Background information
Birth nameFarrah Mahmoud Yousef
فرح محمود يوسف
Also known asFarah Youssef, Farah Yousef
Born (1989-07-20) July 20, 1989 (age 34)
Tartus, Syria
Genrespop, country, Arabic pop
Instrument(s)Cello, Oud
LabelsPlatinum Records

Farrah Yousef (Arabic: فرح يوسف) (born July 20, 1989) is a Syrian singer who was the first runner-up on the second season of the television program Arab Idol in 2013.[1]


Early life and early career[edit]

Farrah Yousef was born on July 20, 1989, in Tartus, a city on the Mediterranean coast of Syria.[2] Her first performance on stage was at the age of seven at the Abu Dhabi Cultural Center, where she sang "Sit Al Hbayib" in the presence of a large crowd of diplomats and the presence of Sheikh Zayed's wife Sheikha Fatima. Farrah won the applause of the audience, and since then she has aspired to become an artist.[1][3]

After graduation from high school, Farrah gained a scholarship to study medicine in Italy, where she gained experience in western styles of singing and learned to sing in English, French and Italian. In 2011 Yousef had the chance to perform the theme song of a Syrian series, "Wilada Mina Al Khassira".[2][4] In 2012 she performed the theme song for two series, "Bet Amer" and "Al Amemy".[5]

Arab Idol[edit]

Following the success of the first season of Arab Idol, MBC launched the second season on March 8, 2013. Back in Syria, the civil war was affecting the whole country, resulting in Yousef being hesitant to audition. She was encouraged by her friends and family to achieve her dream. She said that watching the program inspired her to give it a try.[1] She almost failed to leave Syria as her car was caught in the middle of a shootout as she left Damascus to audition in Beirut.[6]

Television viewers first saw Yousef during the audition episodes at the beginning of Arab Idol's second season. The show's judges included Ragheb Alama, Nancy Ajram, Ahlam and Hassan El Shafei. Farrah performed "Ifrah Ya Albi" by Umm Kulthum and got accepted to the next round. In Beirut, where the competition was held, outdoor cafes put up big screens and the sound of Yousef's voice drifted down streets.[7]

Yousef said her performance mirrored the way she feels when singing on stage when she often thinks of her family. She has said that she feels a sense of responsibility to the audience and that there is always that deep happiness mixed with fear.[1] She says that she tries to make people love one another again using the healing power of music.[6] Yousef performed many kinds of music during the competition, including Arabic pop songs and Classic songs by great Arabic singers like Umm Kulthum, Fairuz, Asmahan and Najwa Karam, and also Someone Like You by Adele.[1]


Farrah Yousef -Songs
Year Song name Link
2019 Please Farrah Yousef - Please
2018 El Hekaya Farrah Yousef - El Hekaya
2018 Mako B Halatak Farrah Yousef - Mako B Halatak
2017 A'aed El Sineen Farrah Yousef - A'aed El Sineen
2017 Aza Albi Farrah Yousef - Aza Albi
2016 Tani Tani Farrah Yousef - Tani Tani
2016 Lahzet Rojou3ak Farrah Yousef - Lahzet Rojou3ak
2016 Hayati LaMeen Farrah Yousef - Hayati LaMeen
2016 MAMA Farrah Yousef - MAMA
2013 Tarik Gideed Farrah Yousef - Tarik Gideed
2012 Bet Amer (soundtrack) Farrah Yousef - Law Yrjaa Elly kan
2012 Al-Ammimi (soundtrack) Farrah Yousef - Eghlou El-Sham
2011 Wiladeh Min Alkhasirah (soundtrack) Farrah Yousef - Wiladeh Min Alkhasirah

Arab Idol performances[edit]

Farrah Yousef performances - Arab Idol
Week # Song choice Original artist
Audition Ifrah Ya Albi Umm Kulthum
Round 2 Emta Ha Taaraf Asmahan
Round 3 Mdam Bthb Umm Kulthum
Round 3 results Khdni Ma'ak Salwa Atreeb
Round 4 Prime 1 Helm Umm Kulthum
Round 4 Prime 2 Habena Mayada Al Hinawi
Round 4 Prime 3 La Shhad Hobak Najwa Karam
Round 4 Prime 4 Laqetak W Dneh Lel Diana Haddad
Round 4 Prime 5 Ihsas Jdeed Nancy Ajram
Round 4 Prime 5 results Kiefak
Someone Like You
Round 4 Prime 6 Aw3dak Soad Mohamad
Round 4 Prime 7 Ya Bd3 El Ward Asmahan
Round 4 Prime 8 Etazlet Al Gharam Majida El Roumi
Round 4 Prime 9 Al Oun El Sood Warda
Final Qdood
Qalo Tara
Bktob Esml ya Bladi

Abadi Al Johar
Final Results Ifrah Ya Albi Umm Kulthum


  1. ^ a b c d e Arab Idol finalists share what they've learnt in the competition Saeed Saeed June 19, 2013 The National
  2. ^ a b MBC.net (in Arabic)
  3. ^ "In Conversation with Farrah Yousef". Retrieved 18 December 2022.
  4. ^ Mina Al Khassira LBC Group
  5. ^ "فرح يوسف من مسلسل الولادة من الخاصرة إلى أراب آيدول!". ليالينا (in Arabic).
  6. ^ a b Jamjoom, Mohammed (June 18, 2013). "Contestants in harmony on the unifying power of 'Arab Idol'". CNN.
  7. ^ Region's woes take center stage as refugee becomes Arab Idol Al Arabiya

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