KABUL (AFP) - An Afghan expertise display contestant’s striking resemblance to Canadian top Minister Justin Trudeau has became him into an not going movie star inside the warfare-torn country -- and probably given him the winning aspect.

Abdul Salam Maftoon, a wedding singer from a village within the faraway and impoverished northeastern province of Badakhshan, had by no means even heard of his greater well-known until a choose on the famous tv song contest Afghan big name pointed out the uncanny likeness.

slightly constructed with a long face and darkish brown hair and eyes, Maftoon, 29, hopes the flattering assessment to the flesh presser broadly rated as one of the sexiest leaders in the global will bring him more votes on Afghanistan’s model of yankee Idol.

"humans have forgotten my name and now they simply name me ‘Justin Trudeau’," Maftoon advised AFP, his self-conscious smile revealing two gold-plated front teeth.

"I didn’t recognise something about Justin Trudeau until I saw the pix on social media.

"The resemblance has boosted my probabilities of winning the competition via 50 percent."

Composite photos of the pair -- Maftoon sporting a hat favoured through guys in northern Afghanistan and Trudeau in Western-fashion apparel -- have drawn rankings of feedback on fb.

And a video of an Afghan star panel dialogue approximately their bodily similarities has been viewed tens of thousands of instances.

"Trudeau’s misplaced twin," wrote Neila Abdulzadah on fb.

Fowzia Zereh published: "I think their tale is like a Bollywood movie -- they have been separated at delivery and he located his lost twin brother."

every other stated: "this is definitely the reproduction of Trudeau. I’d love to see our Trudeau win this yr’s Afghan famous person."

‘subsequent Justin Bieber’ 


Maftoon has an excellent danger.

The performer is among 8 contestants to make it via to the subsequent elimination round on Thursday.

The final will be hung on March 21, the Persian new 12 months’s eve.

up to now Maftoon’s repertoire of romantic people songs, which he sings in both of Afghanistan’s professional languages Dari and Pashto, and his looks have inspired viewers, whose votes determine which performer is kicked off the show each week.

He has additionally stuck the eye of the official judges.

"He looks like my high minister," stated Afghan-born Canadian musician Qais Ulfat, one of the 4 judges who first talked about Maftoon’s resemblance to Trudeau.

"His voice is very pleasant. He has that god-gifted vocal capacity.

"This guy might be the next Justin Bieber."

until now Maftoon has relied on making a song and playing devices at wedding ceremony and birthday parties to assist his spouse and four children.

however he's confident that his new-determined fame will enhance demand for his entertainment offerings.

"once I cross returned to my fatherland humans will actually call me," Maftoon stated, his trademark hat perched on the back of his head as he practised vocals with Ulfat in a recording studio at local tv station Tolo.

while Maftoon has little risk of going to Canada every time soon, he holds hopes of someday assembly his Canadian double.

"I want to satisfy him if he wants to because he is a international persona and i'm a negative guy from a far flung a part of Afghanistan," he said.

"we are able to see what takes place."