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Afghan Pop Idol

The grand finale of Afghanistan‘s hit pop music talent show, Afghan Star, has taken place in Kabul. Rafi Naabzada, 19, saw off his rival Hameed Sakhizada, 21, to win the contest at a heavily-guarded hotel. The program has become a sensation in Afghanistan where it is estimated that 11m viewers, or over one-third of the population, regularly tuned in.

 

The show received severe criticism from conservative clerics, partly because a woman reached the final three. Mr. Naabzada, who often wears a white leather jacket, said: “I am very happy to become an Afghan Star.”

Next season it will Taliban … chanting!

 

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