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Saudi Woman Places 4th In TV Poetry Contest

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Millions Poets is the highest-rated show on Abu Dhabi TV — a sort of American Idol for poets. Contestants read their own poems in a traditional Bedouin style, and viewers can vote via text message. On Thursday, a Saudi woman made the finals for the first time. Wearing a traditional long black covering and delivering her verse from behind a full veil, she didn't win — but placed fourth.

RENEE MONTAGNE, host:

Good morning. I'm Renee Montagne.

"Millions Poets" is the highest-rated show on Abu Dhabi TV right now — a sort of "American Idol" for poets. Contestants read their own poems in a traditional Bedouin style. Viewers can vote via text message. In last night's finale, a first, a woman made the finals. The Saudi poet wore a traditional long black covering and delivered her verse from behind a full veil. Aydah Al Jahani, didn't win — but placed fourth.

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