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Afghan Star is a popular reality television show which searches for the most talented singers across Afghanistan. The program is broadcasted on Tolo TV channel. The format of Afghan Star is similar to the British Pop Idol or the French Nouvelle Star and their many spinoffs, though it is independently produced and not a licensed adaptation.
The program starts with auditions from aspiring singers in their late teens and early 20s. A panel of judges choose the best auditionees and puts them through to the public voting round of the contest. At this stage, each week every singer performs and the viewers vote for which singer they prefer using their cell phones. In every round, whoever gets the lowest amount of votes leaves the competition until just one is left, who is declared the winner.
US distributor Zeitgeist Films released a documentary film about the third season of Afghan Star starting June 26, 2009. In January 2009, the British-produced film (directed by Havana Marking) won two awards at the Sundance Film Festival: World Cinema Audience Award: Documentary and World Cinema Directing Award: Documentary.
The previous host of the Afghan Star TV series, Daoud Sediqi, travelled to the United States in February 2009 as part of the promotion of the film worldwide. Sediqi did not return home to Afghanistan. He instead applied, and was subsequently granted asylum in the United States in June 2009. Previous to working on Afghan Star, Sediqi had been a DJ on Arman FM and a presenter on Tolo TV. He hosted all of Afghan Star’s first four seasons, and was one of the most recognised names in the Afghan media at the time