When he received the assist of voters to grow to be prime minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau’s youthful beauty and straightforward attraction had been touted as key weapons that allowed him to finest his rivals.
However the query on everybody’s lips is whether or not his famed handsomeness can be sufficient to win a expertise present in Afghanistan. Due to the Canadian’s newly-discovered doppelganger, we’ll quickly discover out.
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Abdul Salam Maftoon—a 29-year-old wedding ceremony singer from a village within the distant and impoverished province of Badakhshan within the northeast of Afghanistan—has shot to worldwide consideration after a decide on the Afghan Star music contest identified the similarities between him and Trudeau.
His musical talents have carried him into the latter phases of the competitors, however he now hopes the hanging bone construction, darkish hair and shiny eyes he shares with the Canadian prime minister will enhance his possibilities of taking the highest prize. One notable distinction is Maftoon’s gleaming golden entrance enamel, a degree of glitz the Canadian prime minister is but to succeed in.
Maftoon instructed AFP, “Folks have forgotten my title and now they simply name me ‘Justin Trudeau.’” He stated he didn’t know something about his Canadian lookalike till he noticed pictures evaluating the 2 of them on social media.
Afghan-born Canadian musician Qais Ulfat, who is likely one of the 4 judges, instructed the BBC he first observed the resemblance whereas coaching the present’s 12 finalists. “I observed he regarded rather a lot like my prime minister,” he defined. “So I began guffawing round with the host.”
Later, the similarity was identified on air and the comparability went world. “He is gone viral,” Ulfat stated. “Everybody’s speaking about him on social media.”
The dialog between the Afghan Star judges noting the similarities between Trudeau and Maftoon has been watched tens of hundreds of instances on Fb as his fame spreads.
Maftoon was one in all eight rivals to make it via to the following spherical of performances on Thursday, and now believes “the resemblance has boosted my possibilities of successful the competitors by 50 p.c.” The ultimate might be held on March 21.
He has received over many supporters together with his light folks songs, delivered within the Dari and Pashto tongues—each of that are official languages within the nation. “His voice may be very satisfying. He has that god-gifted vocal capability, Ulfat stated. “This man could possibly be the following Justin Bieber.”
However even when he doesn’t emerge victorious and grow to be a celebrity, Maftoon is assured his new-found fame will make life higher. He at present depends on performances at weddings and birthday events to assist his spouse and their 4 youngsters, however his stint on Afghan Star may properly make him a extremely sought-after act.
“Once I return to my hometown folks will certainly name me,” Maftoon instructed AFP whereas he practised with Ulfat.
Although his ambitions proper now are centered on successful the competitors, Maftoon stated he will surely like to satisfy his doppleganger in the future sooner or later. “I wish to meet him if he desires to as a result of he’s a world persona and I’m a poor man from a distant a part of Afghanistan,” he stated. “We are going to see what occurs.”
This composite picture reveals Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (L) talking at a summit in Yerevan, Armenia on on October 12, 2018; and Abdul Salam Maftoon (R), an Afghan singer throughout an interview in Kabul, Afghanistan on January 13, 2019. WAKIL KOHSAR,LUDOVIC MARIN/AFP/Getty Photographs