February 11th, 2013
03:27 PM ET
Justin Bieber's Grammys night live-stream may have been a bust, but at least his "Saturday Night Live" appearance passed muster. OK, well, with Beliebers, at least.
The 18-year-old hosted Saturday's show, riffing on some of February's biggest celebrations: Black History Month, and Valentine's Day.
Entertainment Weekly critiqued that Biebs "seemed most in his element when he was flirty with the camera for the teens at home." Perhaps as a result of that, "it’s unlikely he gained any more adult fans," EW went on. "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 [read: frequent host Timberlake] was surely disappointed."
But the episode wasn't without its highlights, which, funnily enough, all had to do with making fun of Bieber. In a sketch with Jason Sudeikis in which the "SNL" vet played a new head of security whose protection plan included a crew of decoy Biebers, all the usual jokes were used: his preference for saying "swaggy," the wisecracks that he looks like a girl, the high-pitched voice thing.
There was also a skit with Vanessa Bayer playing Miley Cyrus and Bieber the president of her fan club. Once again, he kept himself as the butt of the joke:
"I also heard he got busted for smoking weed and he's really sorry about it and that people make mistakes and that he's never going to do it again," Bieber said, while in character. ("Yeah right! Me too!" crowed Bayer's Cyrus.)
The Huffington Post's Mike Ryan wasn't impressed, though, saying in his review that the idea of Bieber dissing Bieber had a "false humility."
"Even when Bieber is not playing Justin Bieber, everything is still about Justin Bieber. Bieber, playing a character who hates Justin Bieber, is smug," Ryan said. "His fans love it because it portrays Bieber as 'humble' - which he's well aware of - but, in reality, it just gives Justin Bieber the opportunity to talk about Justin Bieber."
How well do you think Bieber did as "SNL" host?
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