Afghan female stars defy threats and clerics' pressure
KABUL (AFP) - Judges on TV talent shows always attract controversy for making or breaking the careers of desperate wannabes - but for Ms Aryana Sayeed, the job is also a fight for Afghanistan's future.
The glamorous 28-year-old singer is a judge on worldwide hit series "The Voice" that launched in Kabul in May, immediately attracting huge audiences and an array of angry critics.
As a symbol of female independence in a strictly conservative Islamic country, Ms Aryana receives regular death threats and lives in fear of being kidnapped by religious extremists.
On the set outside Kabul where the show is filmed for private channel Tolo TV, armed guards outnumber contestants and have machine guns held at the ready.