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 »