Justin Bieber will appear on Barbara Walters’ “10 Most Fascinating People” special Thursday (Dec. 9), but anyone watching “The View” that morning got word of an interesting snippet of Barbara’s Bieber interview.
During a surprise visit by Prince, Babs told the legend of her interview with the budding superstar.
“He said, ‘What I hope, is that I can be like Prince,'” she says. “You are his idea of the consummate performer.”
Prince appeared both flattered and surprised, “The key to longevity is to learn every aspect of music that you can, and I hope that he does pick up an instrument and get a good teacher,” he responded.
To help our favorite 16-year-old dreamboat along, we’ve compiled a to-do list of sorts. Follow these steps, and he’ll be giving Prince a run for his money in no time.
1. Learn every instrument ever
Since Prince himself gave this advice, we figure it’s gotta be good. The baby-faced crooner already has a head start, as he taught himself to play the piano, drums, guitar and trumpet while growing up. Might we suggest he pick up the (always useful) harmonica next?
2. Don’t be fancy, just get dance-y
To quote the always insightful Pink, J.Bieb needs a few club ready hits. Sure, “Baby” never fails to make us crank up the volume and sing along, but if he wants to compete with Prince, a couple electro-pop dance tunes can’t hurt.
3. ALWAYS keep a signature hairstyle
Prince definitely has a signature look and though it’s been modified slightly through the years, he’s always had a style all his own. Now, we certainly don’t suggest a similar look for our boy, but what is Justin Bieber without the hair? We can’t deny that his coif contributed to at least 32% of his rise to fame (possibly more), but we don’t think that mop-top will work forever. Even The Beatles had to evolve their look. We suggest that at 18-years-old, when he’s ready to join the ranks of the legal heartthrobs, switch up the ‘do. No boring crew cuts for this cougar bait, though. No doubt there will be a committee to decide on his next hairstyle — which we would like to take this opportunity to nominate ourselves for. This decision could take a while so we better start meetings early in the new year.
4. Create an awesome logo
We hope to never speak the phrase, “the artist formerly known as Bieber,” but a cool logo never hurt anybody. We advise that he introduce said artwork during a time of transition. Which could be a part of three scenarios:
A.) When he turns 18 and debuts a fresh haircut
B.) If and when he suffers from creative differences with Usher and/or Island Records and blows that popsicle stand, or
C.) When he starts writing music about a real, adult relationship.
5. Date some starlets
We’re not looking for the next Joe Jonas here, but Prince has been linked to the likes of some pretty saucy ladies. Madonna, Kim Basinger and Carmen Electra to name a few. Then there was Sherilyn Fenn (who was once engaged to Johnny Depp) as well as a few lesser known musicians. The Biebs was already spotted smooching Jasmine Villegas in a car, but we could also see a potential romance with the blonde and super adorable Disney up-and-comer, Anna Margaret. Maybe when he’s old enough, he can make our tweeny-bopper dreams come true and show up to the VMAs arm in arm with Selena Gomez.
You can check out more of the Biebs’ hopes and dreams in Barbara Walters’ special airing on ABC Thursday (Dec. 9) at 10 pm.