If you live in the Gulf, you’ve probably heard of The Victorious, but if you live in the United Arab Emirates, it’s impossible not to or not to be about it.
The Victorious is a TV program created by two ambitious young minds, each coming from a completely different background. One is a family oriented young entrepreneur with brilliant ideas who comes from one of UAE’s most respected families who run successful businesses, and has a passion for football that I’ve seen only few people have. His partner is a former professional football player that made history for the national team of Libya and for Arab football players in European Football.
The idea of the show is giving young amateur football players the chance to achieve their dream, the chance of meeting their idols, winning the show and a considerable cash prize, and having the chance of singing with one of Europe’s top football teams.
The winner of the first season, Al Watanee, has eventually signed with Spain’s football club Celta Vigo and since then has gained the respect of the Arab football world and the club he plays for.
Now, Season 2, The Victorious has attempted during castings finding young football players from Algeria, Morocco, Egypt, Lebanon, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and from the United Arab Emirates.
The reason this particular show has slowly become the most life changing reality TV show in the Arab World is simple: young talents from all social classes with some coming from extremely poor backgrounds are working hard to follow their dream in becoming world class players, and inspiring others to do the same. Now imagine coming from a country where the last decade has not been the best, politically or economy-wise, where young people can’t fit in their passions and hopes into building a future and all they want is better life for themselves and their families. Imagine their experience of going through the castings and making it in to the last 40 players of The Victorious boot camp; Imagine them passing the tests and being part of the last 20 contestants for the prime episodes. Imagine their experience of meeting personalities that have changed the face of the game and wrote history for the beautiful game of football, like Luis Figo, Alessandro Del Piero, Edgar Davids, Michel Salgado, Michael Ballack, Thierry Henry and Javier Zanetti. Imagine their experience being judged based on skills and potential by these famous players OR titans. Their life has changed completely. Even if they don’t win the show, the fact that they have made it in to the last 20 gives them the chance of becoming a professional football player, being scouted by a team and signed immediately. It’s up to them to give everything they’ve got.
Now, what goes behind the scenes is a lot of work, a lot of hustle, good days and bad days, but in the end what matters is the success of the show. The success of one player is our success as a team and if we can help change their life and be rewarded through the number of fans that watch the show and appreciate our work, we are more than happy, that keeps us going.
The Victorious is a life changing talent show, that can potentially make room for names that will also be part of the future history of this game, brings youngsters from different countries and creates a group, a team, a unity.
Behind the screen, we are also a team. We respect each other and value each other’s opinions and advice, and what we hope to achieve is success. Our success is gained from our contestants’ success. Our passion comes from the foundation of what football really is. And what we hope to achieve is bringing a bit of sunshine in the contestants’ lives and their families’ lives.
We are offering viewers the opportunity of watching the players’ progress driven by passion one step at the time, and witness how hard work and discipline changes ones’ destiny
Watch the show on Dubai TV and Dubai Sport TV, every Monday from 22:30 and be part of The Victorious team.