Justin Trudeau's 'lost twin' Abdul Salam Maftoon finds fame in Afghan talent show

A wedding singer from a remote Afghan village is hoping to win a TV talent show after going viral due to his resemblance to Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau. Abdul Salam Maftoon's appearance has turned him into an unlikely celebrity in his home country with some fans believing the two men were "separated at birth".

Although the Afghan Star contestant had never heard of his doppelganger until a judge pointed out his striking likeness to the world leader, he now believes it has boosted his chances of winning. "People have forgotten my name and now they just call me 'Justin Trudeau'," said the singer from the northeastern province of Badakhshan.

Composite photos of Maftoon, 29, have drawn scores of comments on social media.

Talent show judge Qais Ulfat, an Afghan-born Canadian musician, was one of the first to notice the resemblance. "He looks like my prime minister," he said. "His voice is very satisfying. He has that God-gifted vocal ability. "This guy could be the next Justin Bieber."