Carmen Essam Soliman (Arabic: كارمن عصام سليمان; born on 7 October 1994 in Zagazig, Sharkia, Egypt), better known by her stage name Carmen Suleiman (Arabic: كارمن سليمان), is an Egyptian singer. Soliman won the first season of Arab Idol in 2012 broadcast live on MBC, winning a recording contract with Platinum Records. After grueling rounds of televised eliminations, and critical evaluations by celebrity judges Ragheb Alama, Nancy Ajram, Ahlam and Egyptian music producer Hassan El Shafei, Carmen Soliman prevailed against all other contestants to become the first winner of the hit series on 24 March 2012 with the highest number of votes. Her first single, "Kalam Kalam" was released on 4 March 2013 jumping to No. 1 on the Egyptian charts, and her first album was released in January 2014. Carmen followed with numerous hit singles, including "Akhbari" and "Azama Ala Azama" a trio with fellow Idol contestants, Dounia Batma and Youssef Arafat.