It's summer. The heat makes everybody weak in head and say all sort of things. Like all sort of Eurovision rumours and here's one: Morocco will return in 2012! Said by Bruno Berberes, the French Eurovision boss. He should know, shouldn't he? If they do return Finland may lose the Eurovision record by being the only country that has lost to Morocco! But I don't think we are so keen on keeping that record, are we? And Samira Bensaid might not be the only Moroccon Eurovision star.
Samira may have come second to last in 1980 when Morocco participated for the first and so far lasdt time but since then she has dropped "ben" from her name and become a real superstar in the Arabic world, especially in Egypt. Bitaqat knub was followed by Ah bahebak, Al bal, Lailah habibi that won the Best video award in the Arab world in 2001. Youm wara youm two years later earned her World Music Award and BBC's Award for world music adding to her some 40 awards over the years in the Arabic world. The success continues in 2005 with Aweeny Beek that sold over 5 million copies. Just to name a few highlights.
She has raised the HIV/AIDS awareness in the Arab world amongst many other causes, sung for football the excellent Kollena ensan. She sung to the Pope. Second to last in Eurovision, a real Diva in her world. Am I the only one who would love to see her back? Or to have Morocco back in general?