Iraqi Wins Middle East's 'Star Academy' Contest Iraqi-born Shadha Hassoun, dubbed the "Daughter of Mesopotamia," took home the top prize in the televised Star Academy contest.
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Iraqi Wins Middle East's 'Star Academy' Contest

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Iraqi Wins Middle East's 'Star Academy' Contest

Iraqi Wins Middle East's 'Star Academy' Contest

Iraqi Wins Middle East's 'Star Academy' Contest

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Shadha Hassoun, dubbed the "Daughter of Mesopotamia," took home the top prize in Star Academy, the Middle Eastern version of the popular music show American Idol.

When she won, the 25-year-old Iraqi woman burst into tears and fans stormed the stage.

Star Academy is broadcast live from Lebanon and is seen throughout the Middle East.