Iraq's version of Idol isn't called Iraqi Idol. Instead it's called Iraq Star.
According to Alertnet "the studio set is spartan and drab, and there is no studio audience, though viewers are being promised tinseltown touches when the finale is held in Beirut."
And the judges are as picky as their Western counterparts.
One singer was recently berated for his singing about a dead bird, "You didn't prepare the song well. 'Slaughtered bird' is masculine, but you kept saying it in the feminine!"
Reuters AlertNet - Iraq "Pop Idol" offers escape from daily grind