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Benidorm star risks feud with Sam Smith over ‘stealing his New Year look’

Tony Maudsley has joked that Sam Smith has modelled themselves on the actor's Benidorm character Kenneth Du Beke after seeing New Year's Eve snaps of the Writing's on the Wall singer.

Coronation Street star Tony, who also plays funeral director George Shuttleworth on the cobbles, claimed Sam clearly "wanted Kenneth's look" after the 30-year-old number one artist was pictured saying farewell to 2022 in Sydney, Australia.

The 54-year-old Corrie favourite posted an image of himself as Kenneth on Twitter alongside one of the shots of Sam to point out the similarity with his chosen outfit to welcome in 2023 and declared: "Now even pop stars want the look."

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Later, he cheekily used the hashtag "influencer", reports The Mirror.

Benidorm writer Derren Litten also posted the same pictures on his Instagram, penning "who wore it best?" alongside the similar snaps – tagging Sam's tune I'm Not The Only One.

Replying to a fan accusing Tony of "mocking" Sam with the post, he replied: "Absolutely not. I'm flattered he's giving it some Kenneth!"

Sam looked trendy in today's snaps as they stepped out on Sydney's famous Oxford Street ahead of their New Year's Eve celebrations Down Under.

Sam showed off their tattoos as they completed their youthful look with a bright yellow T-shirt, tied at the bottom, as well as a sporty pair of trainers.

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They complemented their get-up with a small but fashionable green carry bag and a unique necklace – complete with several surrounding charms.

Wearing a pair of Hollywood sunglasses on their head, Sam was pictured carrying a cup of coffee as they met friends in the suburb of Darlinghurst.

Earlier today, Sam – who had already enjoyed the New Year celebrations – addressed their followers in an emotional video ahead of the New Year.

Sam added: "I just want to say thank you to you all from the bottom of my heart for all the love you've given this music this year. I've never felt so free and I'm so excited about the future and about what I do, the art that I make. It's all because of you."

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