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Xawo Abdi Hassan rehearses her song. Xawo did not win the competition but the show launched her career as a singer. Roopa Gogineni hide caption

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Invisibilia: They Risked Their Lives To Bring Music Back

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Invisibilia: Inspired By 'American Idol,' Somali TV Show Aimed To Change The World

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Hedson Lamour, 28, prays with his color-coordinated band before performing. He entered the contest because his mom was a child slave. Frederic Dupoux for NPR hide caption

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Three of the seven cast members shown here on the set of the 1987 film Predator would later run for governor in their home states. Two of them, Jesse Ventura and Arnold Schwarzenegger, won. Sonny Landham (second from right) lost. Sunset Boulevard/Corbis hide caption

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