Trudeau-ppelganger: PM lookalike appears on Afghan TV
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Afghan Star contestant Abdul Salam Maftoon are seen side-by-side in this photo composite. (THE CANADIAN PRESS / Justin Tang and Afghan Star / YouTube)
Published Wednesday, January 9, 2019 11:47AM EST
Last Updated Wednesday, January 9, 2019 1:45PM EST
Any Canadians watching Afghan music competition TV show “Afghan Star” may have to do a double-take when they see one of its current contestants.
The 14th season of the show has whittled its talent pool down to 10 finalists, one of whom is Abdul Salam Maftoon.
According to Afghanistan’s Khaama Press news agency, some of Maftoon’s fans have taken to calling him “Salam Trudeau” due to his resemblance to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
The comparison has also been noticed by more than a few Twitter users, some of whom have questioned whether a lookalike of U.S. President Donald Trump would have advanced as far on the singing competition show as Maftoon has.
You can see one of Maftoon’s recent “Afghan Star” performances in this video uploaded to YouTube.
Still not seeing any similarities? Check out some of the pictures on Maftoon’s Instagram account.
The PMO declined to comment on whether Trudeau was aware of the Afghan Star contestant or whether he saw the likeness.
The similarities have, however, been the subject of comment in Afghanistan. The show’s Twitter account published a video Wednesday in which Maftoon and other contestants were shown pictures of the lookalikes.
“I have just found my older brother whom I lost during my childhood,” Maftoon said, according to an English translation provided by Afghan Star.
Another contestant noted that Trudeau and Maftoon have similar hair.
Salam Maftoon the #AfghanStar contestant looks a lot like Canadian Prime Minister @JustinTrudeau and his fans and followers are surprised at the resemblance.@TOLOTV @MaryamMonsef #TOLOTV pic.twitter.com/qDRRr6VVXm— Afghan Star (@Afghan_Star) January 9, 2019