February 11th, 2013
03:27 PM ET
Justin Bieber hosts 'SNL': What's the verdict?
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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He was stupid. I feel like the entire episode was like promoting him almost. He thinks he's awesome showing his abs, sagging down to his knees and singing all the freaking time. I can't stand him. Even the part where he pretends to be miley cyrus' biggest fan and talks about himself saying "I heard he is out partying and smoking pot and said he was sorry and he makes mistakes." and then everyone cheered....so dumb
don't say that justin may hear you.....last night a charm...
He was absolutely shiiiiT! I agree with the ppls comments below – he is totally obnoxious and up his own ass. His 'talent' is that he can keep in tune and is cute – that cuteness won't last much longer and then we have another 20 somethin drug addict loser who still thinks hes every teen girls dream. Vomit.
WHEN YOU SEE HIM BE NORMAL-FK THE BLOGGER
will see only what is required.
Reasons to like Canadian music:
Reasons to hate Canadian music:
This dopey girl
WHEN YOU SEE HIM BE NORMAL - FK THE BLOGGER.
Oh man, I thought JT was going to host again not Justin Bieber. JT is hilarious! Take it on down to plasticville! Noone can move in costume like Timberlake.
I THOUGHT IT WAS GREAT ESPECIALLY WHEN HE COULDN'T HELP LAUGHING. I THINK HE'S ADORABLE & I'M FAR FROM A TWEEN.
you give him the attention he deserves.
Beiber's 15 minutes of fame is soon to be over. Lip syncing concerts, thug hip hop clothes, and a baby voice will ony carry him so far. Usher is already out looking for new acts. I'm sure George Michael, Elton John and others will let him tour a bit with them, and then it's over.
good night cnn.
Predictable, therefore not funny. Stick to singing kid while you can. When your current 10-year old girl fans grow up they'll be too old for you to be their idol. By the time the next generation of kiddies come up you'll be too old to be their idol. Face it, you have some talent but you really are just surviving on infatuated little girls.
i like him too
I want to jack knife powerbomb him through a table...I show no mercy!
UGH...that says it all....about the show itself....and especially that little he-she thingy....Beiber.
we can let it go–thanks.
Thin unappealing voice
fan loyalty is important
have a good day....
for the first time i did not watch SNL after 5 mins no thanks.
I actually watched it. It was a bit funny, Justin Bieber was okay. I didn't like him at all before but now I don't really not like him. He is kind of hot. hum...
INot a whole lot of love on your end now either Bud!
Relax.....no one cares what you think:)
stop laughing...just stop laughing–
I have one question.... he is gay ?
we think she is...
justin is not gay, he's gorgeous
How is your evening going? Mine was fun!
I'm 72 and thought he did a great job. It is fun watching him grow and develop as an entertainer. Read the Rolling Stone review – they got it right and the fact that the over-the-hill Grammys missed the biggest star on the planet currently.
If I hear one more 40 some year old woman or man say "Bieber fever" I am going to vomit.
He needs to go away. I promise you he will be another Lindsey Lohan male version.....can't WAIT to watch him FALL!!!!!!!!!!!
People like you, that just want to see other people fail, are pathetic. Not happy with the way your life turned out? Sounds like it.
U're not a happy woman r u hun? It's not nice to wish ppl to fail. If u work hard u just might have some happiness. U may not be as rich as him but u will be doing the best u can. We r not all put on earth to be rich ok. U owe kevin an apology for being rude.
WOW... ur Crazy. Leave the boy alone. I'm 21 and I think I have JB fever after seeing this show. I tried to dislike him but he is alright.
justin bieber is not going to fall because he has millions of fans including me and he makes awesome music so i think your just jealous and your just a hater.
Ha Ha Ha......totally agree.....what are y'all getting so defensive about??
I love all the males that love the Biebs.....Get a room!!!!!!!!!
Wow.....for everyone talking about Kat like she is a "hater" ....you sure all are too!!
Justin Bieber is a self centered, stupid, materialistic CHILD who WILL be yesterday's news in the next few years!!
I agree and I CANT WAIT to see him finally get what it is like to actually struggle
All you "Bieber Fever" idiots are very dumb people:)
@ Kat...Why the hate? I am no fan of the kid or his music, but I have no desire to see him fail. To hope for such a thing says much about your character.
Bruno Mars was WAY better.
Exactly what I was thinking. Bruno Mars was awesome when he hosted!
Seriously all? I too am from the old school SNL, and I thought he did a great job! I laughed a lot! I really don't care for the Beib (as I am an ol fart), but he's the 'thing' today – and I wanted to see how he would do. I honestly thought he did a great job! It's easy to criticise from our point of view. I would suck miserably to do that... AND LIVE!!!
Not funny, couldn't act! Fair singer!!!!!
He was, but did anybody mention him, don't think so.
Wait, wrong post to comment on, but anyway, that's why he's a singer and not an actor. And seriously, would you not laugh if somebody started screaming "HE SAID GLICE REMEMBER?" In your face? Thought so.
Awful acting and mediocre singing!
your just jealous, justin bbieber is an awesome singer and actor and thats why he has so many fans
A no talent, on a long dead show.
You nailed it. Who writes that crap? Who thinks it's funny during rehearsal? Have they all lost it?
Lighten up folks. He's a kid. I thought he was great and I'm 62 years old. He's an entertainer and for those who don't realize that he's not going away any time soon; get over it. Just let it go.
its a good show
Unwatchable, even for a show that has blown for the last twenty years.
Awful, The kid has no talent
Clearly you have no hearing! Or... couldn't recognize talent if it bit you in the nose.
very dull – one of the worst SNL's in recent memory ... 🙁
Funny, I'm from the old school SNL and haven't liked this newer stuff for a long while. I was surprised at how funny it was, I loved it!
I usually set my DVR and watch SNL. When I saw it was Bieber I cancelled the recording.
I did the same thing.
I didn't even bother watching =/and I love SNL
I tried to watch it..caught the first 20 minutes and just couldn't stay interested. I guess I missed the funny.