Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Simon Cowell, where are you?

Even American reality TV cannot hold a candle to this show on Malaysian television.  The "Young Imam" show is a big hit with the contestants judged on things such as how well they recite the Qur'an, slaughter a goat and wash a corpse.  Really, I can't make this stuff up.

Their all black suits make them look as though they are trying out for the new Men in Black movie.

From The Jakarta Globe April 19

Malaysia's 'Young Imam' Reality TV Show Widens Reach

Finalists of Malaysia's hit reality TV show 'Young Imam, Season 2' pose after its live telecast in Kuala Lumpur on Monday. (Reuters Photo)

Kuala Lumpur. A hit Malaysian Islamic reality TV show kicked off its second season this week after drawing more than 1,000 hopefuls from across the region, including Indonesia, in a sign of the religion's growing reach in Southeast Asia.

Combining a reality TV format with Islamic teachings, the "Imam Muda" or "Young Imam" show is a talent contest for male Muslims aged between 18 and 27 who can speak Malay, with the winner crowned an Imam or religious leader.

"The end result, we leave it to God but we want to do the best we can to attract youths to be closer to the religion," said Izelan Basar, station manager for the Malaysian satellite television station which produces the show.

The prime-time show features contestants in sharp-looking black suits who are judged on a variety of tasks including reciting Koranic verses, washing corpses, slaughtering sheep according to Muslim rules and counselling promiscuous young Muslim couples.

FOX, are you listening?

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Slaughter a goat? Wash a corpse? What else? Ooooh this is soooo tempting.

How can one comment on this without sounding like a racist? I guess you don't. This is maddening.