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'Saturday Night Live' recap: The girls beliebe, and Justin Bieber tries to prove he's more than a teen idol

The Beliebers were out in full force last night for Saturday Night Bieber. For Justin Bieber’s Saturday Night Live hosting debut, the audience was packed – at least volume-wise—with girls that were definitely suffering from some serious Bieber Fever. This was great news for the singer, who seemed most in his element when he was flirty with the camera for the teens at home. The show didn’t miss an opportunity to remind viewers why he was on the program: He’s a teen idol! The girls love him! It’s a good thing he’s still got that demographic locked up (they screamed for just about everything he did last night, whether it was a dance move, a wink or a surprisingly frequent crotch grab) because after last night, it’s unlikely he gained any more adult fans.

While Bieber was in almost every sketch – and, to his credit, wasn’t noticeably reading cue cards – anyone hoping he would follow in the path of another Justin was surely disappointed. For one thing, he mostly did variations on one character – The Teen Idol – and unfortunately, not a whole lot of it landed. It’s too bad they couldn’t do more musical stuff with him. Something comical that also had him singing would have been a great way to merge his fanbase with regular Saturday Night Live viewers, such as the recurring sketch from a few years ago (that was also a Timberlake fav.) “Bring It On Down To…” Alas, it wasn’t meant to be.

The cold opener, naturally, focused on the Super Bowl blackout and the resulting free-for-all that occurred among sports analysts when they found out they had to fill 30 minutes of air time  but had absolutely nothing to say. The sketch was likely born out of Seth Meyers’ own tweet during the blackout last week: “Who is more likely to cramp up: The players after the layoff or the studio analysts trying to fill time?” Answering his own question: It was the analysts, anchored by Kenan Thompson who repeatedly tried to throw it to reporters on the field, who also had absolutely nothing else to say. But how ‘bout those Two Broke Girls, eh? READ FULL STORY

Justin Bieber hosts tonight's 'Saturday Night Live': Talk about it here!

Neither rain nor sleet nor one of the worst snow storms on record could stop Justin Bieber from making his SNL hosting debut tonight. And that’s a good thing, given the hordes of Bieber Fever-stricken fans who have probably contracted actual fevers after waiting for hours in a freaking blizzard to get standby tickets for his show. I repeat: most of the Beliebers who braved Nemo in nothing but snow-soaked sleeping bags didn’t even get past 30 Rock’s doors.

Given these conditions, we can only hope that Bieber’s double duty performance — he’s also tonight’s musical guest — is worth all that sacrifice. The kid is certainly a charismatic performer; as EW’s Owen Gleiberman wrote in his review of Bieber’s concert movie Never Say Never, he “communicates joy in every move” when he dances and sings like “a happy canary.”

But that charm may not translate to the small screen.  READ FULL STORY

Dozens brave the weather to snag Justin Bieber 'Saturday Night Live' tickets: On-the-scene report

Bieber Fever got a lot riskier today as Winter Storm Nemo rages in the Northeast. In New York City, this meant freezing rain and sleet at about noon Friday. But nothing – not even soaked sleeping bags or broken umbrellas—could get between about 45 fans and Justin Bieber. The singer is hosting Saturday Night Live tomorrow night, and the Beliebers were desperate for tickets.

Let’s get one thing out of the way first: They know you all think they’re nuts. It would have been an undertaking to sleep outside in February, and that was before the weather took a turn for the worse. Everyone EW spoke with said it was the craziest thing they’d ever done. Kaitlyn Marhelko, from Pennsylvania, knew the chances to get tickets were slim. But that didn’t deter her. “If you ever get a chance to do something like this, you do it no matter what kind of weather is coming your way. It’s an awesome experience, and this might sound cliché, but you really do only live once. It is cool to try.” She and her friend Ashleigh Bagnata had been in line for about two hours and were still enthusiastic. READ FULL STORY

Justin Bieber makes out with a mannequin head on 'Late Night with Jimmy Fallon' -- VIDEO

Justin Bieber stared deeply into a mannequin head’s eyes last night on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and then gave the doll a big smooch. And there was a lot of tongue. Like, too much tongue.

Bieber and Fallon played basketball with some of the Bieb’s favorite things (Tim Hortons’ coffee, ramen, etc.) and it didn’t need to get intimate, but it definitely did.

Watch the whole clip below: READ FULL STORY

Justin Bieber tries to show off his goofy side in 'SNL' promos -- VIDEO

Is Justin Bieber funny? If the audience at the Saturday Night Live this weekend is as loud as his fans tend to be, the answer to that question might not matter — we won’t be able to hear any jokes in the first place.

Especially if those jokes are this low-key. Bieber mostly plays the straight man to Kenan Thompson’s amiable, creepy Justin Bieber fan in these promos for his upcoming stint as both host and musical guest. At one point, though, Bieber does attempt to embrace his silly side — without ever mussing that signature ‘do, of course.


PopWatch Planner: The Super Bowl, the Grammys, and the return of 'Community'

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Once a year, America puts aside its preference for tasteful understatement and simple pleasures to celebrate everything that is good and loud about sports, television, violence, capitalism, and patriotism. It’s called the Super Bowl — a super… bowl — the clumsy but perfectly christened title for an American manufactured spectacular. The Ravens meet the 49ers tonight in New Orleans, but regardless of the outcome, the commercials will be analyzed, the enormous television audience will be documented, and the buffalo wings will be picked clean.

Check out our other picks for the week below and tell us what you’re watching. Have a great week!

Super Bowl XLVII, CBS, 6:30 p.m.

The Baltimore Ravens will face off against the San Francisco 49ers in the most-watched television event of the year. More than 100 million viewers will likely tune in to see which Harbaugh brother will hoist the Lombardi Trophy, to watch Beyoncé perform at halftime, and, of course, to see all the dazzling 30-second commercials that companies shelled out $4 million to air. (That’s $133,333 per second.) READ FULL STORY

Caption this: Justin Bieber grabs one less lonely girl's chest

JocelynnBieberThe place: Miami. The time: A few days ago. The girl: Jocelyn, a 17-year-old Belieber who may have gotten more than she bargained for at a meet-and-greet event. The crime: See above. The photo’s been removed from Bieber’s official fan page, but it lives on as Jocelyn’s Twitter avatar, pictured here.


Justin Bieber to host 'Saturday Night Live'? Why it's a great idea

There can be Saturday Night Live hosting gigs…when you BELIEVE.

That seems to be the motto of Twitter king and recent marijuana-enthusiast Justin Bieber who is teasing fans with a potential Saturday Night Live hosting gig next month. (EW reached out to a publicist for Saturday Night Live, who didn’t return a request for comment.) Last week Bieber tweeted, “2013 got some big things coming…. gonna stay positive. #BELIEVE,” and then added, “2013. what’s coming? #snl ???” Earlier this afternoon he doubled-down, writing, “maybe im hosting and performing on SNL…maybe. :).”


Justin Bieber snapped smoking a mysterious cigarette

All he needs is a beauty and a… blunt?

TMZ has obtained photos of the world’s favorite pint-sized pop star, Justin Bieber, holding what appears to be marijuana. (Or “salvia,” as Miley Cyrus might say.) According to the site, the pictures were taken on January 2, one day after a paparazzo was killed while trying to photograph the star.

And while we can’t verify that the joint-in-hand is, in fact, marijuana — Bieber’s rep hasn’t answered EW’s request for comment at this time — if it is, we’re betting the Biebs crushed some serious amounts of fondue after the fact. READ FULL STORY

YouTube reveals top 10 viral clips of 2012 -- VIDEO

The main takeaway from this list of 2012′s most viral YouTube clips? The days of “Charlie Bit My Finger” and “David After Dentist” are over.

Only one of these 10 videos — “Facebook Parenting” — was made by an average Joe; the other nine were all professionally produced. “There are more and more people who know how to build an audience, how to use YouTube,” YouTube trends manager Kevin Allocca explained to the Wall Street Journal. “There are companies who spend millions and millions of dollars trying to do create these videos.”

So yeah, that’s kind of horribly depressing. But watching these videos might cheer you up — even if many of the entries won’t surprise you at all. (Spoiler alert: Yes, Virginia, “Gangnam Style” made No. 1.)


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