Afghan talent jazz sings fame as the double of Justin Trudeau
Abdul Salam Maftoon said he knew nothing about Justin Trudeau before people compared him to the Canadian prime minister
The striking resemblance of an Afghan talent show with the Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has turned him into an unlikely celebrity in the war-torn country – and may have given him the winning lead.
Abdul Salam Maftoon, a wedding singer from a village in the remote and impoverished northeastern province of Badakhshan, had never heard of his more famous double, until a judge on the popular TV contest Afghan Star pointed to the creepy likeness.
Built with a long face and dark brown hair and eyes, Maftoon, 29, hopes that the flattering comparison with the politician generally recognized as one of the sexiest leaders in the world will give him more votes on the Afghan version of American Idol.
"People have forgotten my name and now they just call me" Justin Trudeau "," Mafton told AFP, his self-conscious smile revealed two gilt front teeth.
"I did not know anything about Justin Trudeau until I saw the photos on social media.
Prior to the TV talent hunt, Maftoon earned his living by singing at weddings
"The similarity has increased my chances to win the competition by 50 percent."
Composite photos of the pair – Mop with a hat in favor of men in northern Afghanistan and Trudeau in western clothing – have collected dozens of comments on Facebook.
And a video of an Afghan star panel discussion about their physical similarities has been viewed tens of thousands of times.
"Trudeau & # 39; s lost twins," wrote Neila Abdulzadah on Facebook.
Fowzia Zereh published: "I think their story is a Bollywood movie – they were divorced at birth and he found his lost twin brother."
Another said: "This is really the copy of Trudeau, I would like to see our Trudeau win the Afghan star this year."
– & # 39; Next Justin Bieber & # 39; –
Moth tone has a good chance.
The actor is one of the eight participants who will go through the next round of elimination on Thursday.
The final will be held on 21 March, the Persian New Year's Eve.
So far, Maftoon has repertoire of romantic folk songs, which he sings in both official languages of Afghanistan, Dari and Pashto, and his appearance impresses viewers, whose voices determine which artist is kicked every week of the show.
He also drew the attention of the official judges.
Meltoon is one of the eight participants who achieved the elimination round on Thursday
"He looks like my prime minister," said Canadian-born Canadian musician Qais Ulfat, one of the four judges who first pointed to Maftoon's likeness to Trudeau.
"His voice is very satisfying, he has that divine vocal skill.
"This man could be the next Justin Bieber."
Until now, Maftoon has relied on singing and playing instruments at wedding and birthday parties to support his wife and four children.
But he is convinced that his newly found fame will stimulate demand for his entertainment services.
"When I go back to my hometown, people will definitely call me," said Maftoon, his signature hat sitting on the back of his head as he practiced singing lessons with Ulfat in a recording studio on the local Tolo television station.
Although Meltoon has little chance to go to Canada soon, he hopes to meet his Canadian double-person one day.
"I want to meet him if he wants to, because he is a global personality and I am a poor man from a remote part of Afghanistan," he said.
"We will see what happens."
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