OSN has signed with ITV Studios for the sole rights of the first ever Arabic version of the widely-loved British reality TV show 'Come Dine with Me'. A nationwide favourite for over 15 years in the United Kingdom, the series has been well received with the composition replicated in many countries across the world that includes Australia, Canada, Greece, Ireland and South Africa.
The 45-episode series is set to run from Sunday to Thursday with a new group of contestants every week. Each host will cook and serve a three-course menu, which will be followed by a grading session by the three guests of their hosting skills.
“OSN is thrilled about the acquisition of the format of 'Come Dine with Me', which will be the first original production of the extremely popular show that comes to our region." expressed tthe Interim Chief Content Officer at OSN, Rolla Karam.
"This production further cements our commitment to providing curated content and bringing the best in entertainment to our audiences in the Middle East. We believe that Come Dine with Me will be as huge a success in the Middle East as it is in the United Kingdom and across the globe and are very excited for what’s to come in the pipeline in terms of original productions” says Rolla.
An Arabic production of UK TV show 'Come Dine with Me' to be filmed in the UAE later this year. Courtesy of OSN
The highly appreciated entertaining television programme will follow the same layout as the United Kingdom where every week a diverse group of four people take turns to host a dinner party, with the guests rating the evening out of ten. Each contestant should work on making the guests believe that they are the ultimate host but at the end of the week, only one can be crowned the best host and walk away as the winner. The series will be an amalgamation of authenticity, witty comments and fabulous guests, making the show one of the most relatable series to a huge spectrum of audience.
“We are thrilled to join hands with OSN in terms of delivering compelling original content on their platform and are committed to turn the Arabic Come Dine with Me, ‘Yalla Neta’asha’ into a massive hit,” expressed the CEO of ITV Studios Middle East, Ziad Kebbi.
The production is set to be filmed in the UAE this year and a casting call for residents to register to participate in the reality TV show is to be announced in the coming weeks. "Contestants will come together from all walks of life and include various nationalities such as Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Egypt, Bahrain, Oman and western expats." OSN expressed in statement announcing the show.
So hold on to your seats and get ready to level up your hosting game with 'Yalla Neta’asha' !
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