And now for something completely different. Here’s 16-year-old Canadian singer Justin Bieber, symbol of all that is young and new (YouTube, screaming 12-year-old girls), playing “One Less Lonely Girl” on QVC, symbol of all that is old and outdated (phone orders, music on CDs, paying $20 for an album). The juxtaposition of these two contradictory worlds could have easily resulted in, oh, the Apocalypse. Instead, we get a very awkward interview between the wunderkind and QVC’s host, who apparently believes performing on QVC is the climax of anyone’s music career: “Three years ago, you probably never thought you’d be in the United States, let alone on QVC!” Bieber gamely lied replied, “This is definitely a dream come true.”
PopWatchers, now that Bieber has conquered QVC, what’s his next step? Charlie Rose? The Olive Garden?