Even the show's panel of judges, made up of music superstars of the Arab world, prefers to be positive.
"We are the real leader now," explains head judge Ragheb Alama, known as the "Elvis of Lebanon." "People are talking to us and watching us. You know, today, two (regional) presidents called me and talked to me about this program, about the contestants."
"You cannot imagine how this makes me feel that we are the real medicine," says Alama, "the real smile between the sad environments."
Perhaps it's all summed up best by former Lebanese contestant Ziad Khoury.
"We're sending a message and unifying the Arab people," the beaming 25-year-old says. "A message of happiness and peace."
Here, they've decided to focus on excellence rather than extremism, to highlight music instead of misery.