Afghan tal­ent show singer finds fame as Trudeau’s dop­pel­ganger

China Daily - - WORLD - Idol. Afghan Star Amer­i­can

KABUL — An Afghan tal­ent show con­tes­tant’s strik­ing re­sem­blance to Cana­dian Prime Min­is­ter Justin Trudeau has turned him into an un­likely celebrity in the war-torn coun­try.

Ab­dul Salam Maftoon, a wed­ding singer from a vil­lage in the re­mote north­east­ern prov­ince of Badakhshan, had never even heard of his more fa­mous dop­pel­ganger un­til a judge on the pop­u­lar tele­vi­sion mu­sic con­test pointed out the un­canny like­ness.

Slightly built with a long face and dark brown hair and eyes, Maftoon, 29, hopes the flat­ter­ing com­par­i­son to the politi­cian widely rated as one of the sex­i­est lead­ers in the world will bring him more votes on Afghanistan’s ver­sion of

“Peo­ple have for­got­ten my name and now they just call me ‘Justin Trudeau’,” Maftoon said, his self-con­scious smile re­veal­ing two gold-plated front teeth.

“I didn’t know any­thing about Justin Trudeau un­til I saw the pho­tos on so­cial me­dia.

“The re­sem­blance has boosted my chances of win­ning the com­pe­ti­tion by 50 per­cent.”

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from China

© PressReader. All rights reserved.