It all turned out to be one big misunderstanding – or so was the easiest legal loophole for May Hariri to get out of:
Calling the CEO of MTV a horny old man,
Calling the entire DWTS a fabrication,
Making herself a victim of her support to the Syrian regime,
Going on several TV shows, such as Tony Khalifeh’s Lel Nashr, to prove her point but to no avail,
Trying to sue MTV for bringing Haifa Wehbe on one of the DWTS shows.
That’s the May Hariri vs MTV story grosso modo. It started with a bang (click here) and today it was apparently solved amicably with May Hariri apologizing, saying about two months of constant drama were only one “slip of the tongue.”
That’s one big slip if you ask me. Freud would be more than baffled if he had been her to witness it. As a testament to the now fixed relationship between MTV and May Hariri, she will be on this Sunday’s episode of Dancing With The Stars.
I won’t go into how big of a mess May Hariri got herself into especially that with every statement she made, she kept coming off as a bad sport who couldn’t handle being the first one to lose on Dancing With The Stars especially after all the pimping the show’s executives gave her.
The more May Hariri initially spoke about the show, the more I got convinced that a show like Dancing With The Stars where famous people will most probably end up losing could never work in Lebanon. Our famous people, regardless of how famous they are, always think they are more important than what they truly are and cannot handle not coming out as victors all the time.
That’s what I had thought. It turned out though that May Hariri is the only participant star who needs a crash course in sportsmanship:
MTV let her off way too easily. The amount of slander she threw at the network and the show is too high to be solved amicably. They should have shown May Hariri exactly how much she was mistaken to go on her unfounded foolish tirade.
But MTV doesn’t seem to care: the show is a huge success, at least in Lebanon. May Hariri is the only person who came out on the losing side and she barely registered on their radar.
Dancing With The Stars, Lebanon edition had its first elimination round on Sunday and I had no idea who lost until I watched this YouTube video in which the reaction really surprised me:
May Hariri who was so bad at dancing she ranked last with the judges found herself in the bottom two teams. She was then eliminated by not garnering enough votes to put her on top the other team – no puns intended in any way whatsoever.
You’d expect the famous person who loses to take it well and be, in typical cliche manner, thankful for the experience, blah blah blah. Except with May Hariri who apparently aimed to lose because – and I quote – “[she] has lots of other stuff to do.”
It seems plastic fillings reach the brain as well.
Update: There’s paranoia on top of the plastic.
According to the following video, Michel el Murr, MTV CEO, has “lusts” that he can’t control. It seems there’s a “contract breach” and that she was used to “bring them viewers boom” because she’s in the same league as Haifa, Elissa and Nancy. Nidale Ahmadiyeh is on the line as well so you know shit just got real.
May Hariri is also a political victim now because she’s against “anyone who touches Syria.” And leave it to Nidale el Ahmadiyeh to be “thankful they didn’t shoot [her] on stage because MTV’s politics are known.”
The amount of stupidity that some B-listers with high-profiles in this country have is outstanding. This lack of sportsmanship just turned into absolute disgust – this is the definition of pathetic.
MTV has just unveiled the participants of Lebanon’s version of Dancing With the Stars. Here’s the list:
Nada Bou Farhat (actress)
Wissam Hanna (former Mr. Lebanon)
May Harriri (singer)
Rosarita Tawil (former Miss Lebanon)
Mirva Kadi (Model & singer)
Nicolas Mouawad (actor/TV anchor)
Rabih Baroud (Singer)
Haifa Haddad (Trainer)
Michel Bou Sleiman (comedian)
Walid Alayli (actor)
Each of these famous people will be paired with a professional dancer. The couple will be judged by a panel as well as audience votes. The winning team has to garner the highest combination of audience votes and panel grades. I don’t know how well this show would do with non-Lebanese audiences though seeing as all of the participants are Lebanese. But I’m not complaining.
The United States’ most watched competition TV Show is coming to Lebanon thanks to MTV. A source has told me that the show’s presenter will be Carla Haddad, former weather anchor at LBC, who went to MTV solely in order to quick start the show.
MTV has already started promo for the show on its airways by teasing viewers about the most watched TV show in the world coming to its airways, along with scenes of people dancing. This is the promo in question:
Don’t expect a lot of current famous people to make their way to the TV show but expect “stars” that we are at least familiar with. I will update this post if I get definite names of anyone who’s participating in it.
DWTS pairs famous people with a dancing partner and they dance to a judging panel which grades them. Their grade is then combined with audience vote to determine who gets kicked off. The American version is now in an all-star season which has brought back winners and finalists from all previous seasons.
I personally think MTV has the chops to pull off such a production, similarly to how MBC and LBC are pulling off The Voice. I guess we’ll wait and see. DWTS should start airing on MTV soon.