American singer on 'Arabs Got Talent' falls just shortBy Mohammed Jamjoom, CNNUpdated 2:59 AM ET, Sun December 8, 2013Just WatchedAmerican Finalist on "Arabs Got Talent"replayMore Videos ...American Finalist on "Arabs Got Talent" 02:57Story highlights Singer "really happy" to make final three, praises Syrian winnersJennifer Grout barely speaks Arabic but loves traditional Arabic musicSinger, 23, is from MassachusettsJudges, audience praised her at Saturday's finalsAmerican Jennifer Grout fell just short of the top prize in the "Arabs Got Talent" competition after a remarkable run to the finals by a 23-year-old from Massachusetts who barely speaks Arabic.Grout was among the final three contestants left standing on a Beirut stage Saturday night. She was eliminated only just before the end of the televised spectacle on the MBC network, when Syrian dance troup Sima was declared the winner."I'm really happy I was in the top three and it was such a good experience, but I'm so happy for Sima because they deserved it," Grout said.Grout won over some shocked viewers in the Middle East earlier in the competition with renditions of classic Arab songs, rather than more Western-sounding music other contestants were performing. The winning dancers incorporated Western moves in their performance.Although some journalists in the Middle East had questioned the wisdom of allowing an American in the competition, audience members and even judges on Saturday night's show praised her for calling attention to traditional songs."Jennifer's achievement is something that's made me very happy," said Lebanese superstar singer Najwa Karam, one of the judges. "It shows music is universal. When it comes to the arts, there are no barriers between us and any other people in the world."After the ceremony, members of the audience and some contestants approached Grout to take photos and talk with her.Grout has said she dived into Arabic music three years ago after discovering it online. She previously had studied classical music and opera.After college, she moved to Morocco, where she learned local Berber music and began performing in Marrakesh's Jemaa el Fnaa Square.Asked about her future Saturday night, she said, "For now, I'm definitely going to go back to Morocco to see all my friends. And after that, who knows?"Inside the Middle East Theme park dreamsRobot dinosaurs, Lego men and Spider-Man all could become Dubai's newest residents.Getting over the humpNot long ago camel milk was an unfancied staple, the preserve of Bedouin herders. Now its becoming a luxury. Hi-tech HajjManaging over 2 million people during the Hajj takes some serious technology. On the right track?More needs to be done so women from Saudi Arabia can become world champions in sports.Selfies at the Hajj Is nothing sacred? How tech allows narcissism to run riot.Building a new LouvreFrom the waters of the Persian Gulf a new mega museum is emerging. Solar flight to soarWhere better to start a record-breaking solar powered flight than the desert? Teenager designs for Pink FloydAhmed Eldin is the 18-year-old behind the prog-rock band's new album cover. Shine on you crazy diamond.Micro stories magnifiedThe Humans of New York photo project exposes the hopes and fears of ordinary people in Iraq and Jordan. Super-sizing airportsDubai's appetite for construction continues with multi-billion dollar boost to build the world's largest airport.Dubai's plastic fantasticThe UAE is becoming a hub for plastic surgery with more Emiratis going under the knife each year. The artist who draws with humansMeet Erdal Inci, a digital artist from Turkey who is transforming the medium. One dying lake, many problemsIran is pumping billions of dollars into a scheme to save a lake. What's so important about it?More from middleeastMubarak's sons released from prisonOpposition group: Kurdish fighters advance in Kobani, SyriaWas King Tutankhamun's beard broken off and glued back on?