Last night Justin Bieber had the honour of hosting and performing on SNL. It didn’t take long for people to post hateful reviews and comments on the internet. For some reference for you, I am in no way, shape, or form a Bieber fan. I use to avoid his music, but the more grown up “As Long As You Love Me” and “Beauty and a Beat feat. Nicki Minaj” his actually bearable for a non-teenage girl. I actually do enjoy the seemingly never-ending soap drama that is Justin Bieber’s relationship with Selena Gomez.
Last night, Justin’s monologue was funny. At least I thought so… It wasn’t the funniest, but it isn’t anything to just plain hate. It was Justin giving some girls a rose for Valentine’s Day and then also giving them a Black History month fact that was totally wrong. Oddly, I don’t think this monologue had much singing which is rare for a music artist whose hosting for the night.
The first sketch of the night and probably the best sketch was “The Californians”. It is always the best sketch with its parody of drama on a soap. Usually they are always talking about the traffic and the roads that they take to get some place in the greater LA area which is always part of the drama. Justin was in this one and he did okay. Notice I haven’t once said he gave the performance of a lifetime. He kinda annoyed me in this sketch because it seems the only way he could do that embellished California valley girl accent was to close or squint his eyes when he spoke.
Bieber’s musical performance was one I wasn’t looking forward to at all. I knew he was going to perform the acoustic versions of his songs and that to me is dreadful. While I think his new album Believe is better and more listenable and for a bigger audience than his is usual “I’m going to get my first bra this weekend” type of audience, I don’t think he has the voice to do an acoustic album. It’s not adding anything new to the songs or making them better.
The rest of the night was okay. On the one sketch about Miley Cyrus having her own talk show, Bieber played a young boy who was Miley’s fan club operator. He again had that valley girl accent and was squinting his eyes when he spoke. He even threw in an apology for smoking pot and said he’ll never do it again through the character. My thoughts? Okay, you mean you’re sorry you got caught and you will do it in the privacy of your own home next time.
The past two SNL‘s have been fairly funnier then this one. That is just the game of sketch comedy though. Sometimes you hit it over and over again, and sometimes it fails to hit the mark. Last night’s show failed to hit the mark for me. I don’t blame this SNL on Bieber’s performance like some have. Once again, Bieber’s performance wasn’t anything to write home about. It seemed like he had a hard time memorizing his lines as well. There were quite a few places in various sketches that he misspoke or messed up his lines all together.
It wasn’t a horrible night all around though. You also should keep in mind that Justin Bieber isn’t an actor and hasn’t done anything in the realm of acting. He is a singer, a heart-throb to many girls, a pot smoker, and an asshole(we’ve all read about it and you know it) from time to time; not an actor.
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