Via the always reliable Michael Ausiello at TVLine:

Heads up, Twitter: You’re seconds away from exploding. Sources confirm to me exclusively that Glee is doing a February sweeps episode that’s Justin Biebercentric.

Details are still sketchy, but I’m told the episode — tentatively scheduled to air on Feb. 15 — will feature the cast covering several of the teen phenom’s songs. Bieber himself will also figure into the episode’s plot, although there are no plans for him to appear in the flesh. At least not as of this writing.

*cries*

What’s most disappointing about this news? It appears that Ryan Murphy has abandoned the concept of Glee as a show for adults. In interviews, Murphy has admitted that he’s begun to tone down some of the double entendres to make the show safe for the younger set. Not a great development if you ask me.

Ryan, didn’t you say you’d be laying off the theme shows for the rest of the season? Dang.

What do you think?

 
  • BootStar

    This show is dead to me.

  • onlythegood16

    Terrible. I just hope there are some good Beiber jokes in the episode.

  • riskylady

    Can you say “oversaturation” (for both)??? Ditto Gah.

  • Buffynut

    Saddzz!

  • LCT

    Ok, Glee just went off the air on my TV! Can’t stand that the producers of Glee lost all credibility, and creativity in my book. This is a show of such talented individuals. Couldn’t think of any popular and talented artists like carrie? Adam? both Davids?….No can’t be left off the “Fad” wagon” ….

  • KathyH

    Not sure it’s a smart move. The young bieber fans will tune in for that one show. Others, I believe, will be turned off. My teen daughters tuned in for Darren criss but they can’t stand bieber. I can see their rants coming at me.

  • cwm

    Blechhh. Disappointing. I’m a Glee fan, but now it feels like they’re just jumping on a vacuous fad for ratings.

    Has Glee now officially jumped the shark??

  • songsungblue

    In the immortal words of Buffy the Vampire Slayer’s finest episode: “Bored now.” Really, Glee is so past its prime it might as well be two-week old milk. Why? Why when the most interesting part of the show has always been the characters? I don’t get it.

    With all the talk of regionals and nationals and internationals and what have you – why not a couple of episodes where they actually have something at stake? Except for Jane Lynch, there is NO reason to watch this thing when you can see all the song numbers on Youtube fifteen minutes after the episode has aired. Stoopid.

  • Allison

    I’d like a plot.

  • Moria Polonius

    I’d like a plot.

    There isn’t one? I stopped watching after four episodes but I vaguely remember the school planning to take part in a contest, the evil PE teacher, an imaginary pregnancy and a weirdo redhead teacher who was in love with the main married character. Is all that gone?

  • bridgette12

    Go ahead Glee, you are walking toward that “jumping the shark” moment. I mean really, do we need another show sucking up to the fans of Justin Beiber. It’s bad enough that Idol is going to waste time trying to find the next Beiber, like last year when they were looking for the next Swifty.

  • Ellessay

    I’m losing interest fast. I don’t care for most of the song choices. It doesn’t seem “fun” any more. And I have no desire to see an episode based on the Beiber.

  • girlygirl

    I don’t watch Glee, but this seems like it was inevitable — from what I can tell the show has moved away from its original premise just to try and hook onto whatever musician/celebrity or story is “hot”

  • fuzzywuzzy

    February sweeps + Bieber-centered show = mega-ratings. That is all.

  • emmuzka

    That would actually be interesting, since I have never heard a bieber song :) (Yes, it’s possible, you only have to live in Europe to accomplish that.) So this could be a chance to try out the songs without actually having to hear the Fetus to perform them.

    And BOO about the kids-show -route. I know the show has become a teen hit, but it should still be kept as an adult show with adult undertones.

  • Studio57

    First the birds, then the fish. Now this.

    The apocolypse is nigh………

  • Kitwana

    I applaud Glee for taking a proactive approach to protecting its tween demo. Idol totally took this demo for granted for way too long and suffered as a result. No AI contestant has had a regular presence in “tween media” since David Archuleta. As Bieber, Jonas, Miley and Selena show, crazy tweens create buzz. I think AI’s attempt now to get a 15 year old winner to get back its tween viewers comes WAY too late. Glad that Glee is smart enough to not make the same mistake.

    Bieber’s appearance on Glee was hinted at on the oceanup website a few days ago http://www.oceanup.com/node?page=4:

    [edited out initial paragraph which is vomit inducing]

    “Justin told The Sun he wants Cheryl on Glee: ‘I am going to tell the producers that it must be in the agreement that Cheryl gets a part in the show as well. Cheryl and the show make total sense. It’s all about people who look good and can sing and dance, that’s totally Cheryl.. I have told her every time I have seen
    her that as soon as she lands in the US for The X Factor I am going to work with her. Glee is a great way to introduce her to the States, everybody is watching it. She looks beautiful, but I am not sure she could quite get away with playing a student. It would be great if she played a substitute teacher taking a sabbatical from England or something. Can you imagine how hot she would look dressed as a school teacher?’”

  • gangreen29

    February sweeps + Bieber-centered show = mega-ratings. That is all.

    It’s very short sighted though. It is the time of gimmick that is going to take a little bit of the shine off the show in many people’s eyes.

    I applaud Glee for taking a proactive approach to protecting its tween demo.

    And potentially lose a chunk of the rest of their demos…The coveted rating demos aren’t 11-15, but 18-49…

  • Kitwana

    And potentially lose a chunk of the rest of their demos…The coveted rating demos aren’t 11-15, but 18-49…

    I’m not sure that the 11-15 demo is not coveted. Look at Idol and their transparent attempt to ensure a 15 year old winner this year. I wonder why they are doing this? Look at the CW network. Horrible overall ratings for shows like 90210, One Tree Hill, Gossip Girl but they remain on the air because they are a hit in the tween/teen demo. Look at the Disney Channel and Nickolodeon which survive only on the tween demo. The point is that it is an important and elusive audience. Idol had it for the longest time – recall the David Archulete girls who lost it on finale night of Season 7. Then Idol lost the demo in what seems like a heartbeat and is desperately trying to get it back. Glee will not make the same mistake.

    I also don’t think 1 Bieber appearance will drive away the rest of their demos. What it will do is create super buzz across all demos and probably attract people who normally don’t watch Glee to see if Bieber can act.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Although Archie did have his tw/teen fans, I always thought that he also had a rather large proportion of older women fans.

  • gangreen29

    I’m not sure that the 11-15 demo is not coveted.

    For network television? It isn’t. The CW does really well in the 18-24 demos, they don’t survive on tweens.

    I also don’t think 1 Bieber appearance will drive away the rest of their demos.

    Justin Bieber is a joke to most people older than 18. If the show seems too tween driven, you certainly will see people tune out. Besides, this is another stunt on a long list of stunts on this show. That isn’t how you build a tv show to have long, sustained ratings year after year.

  • jammasta

    I want to go mash an apple pie in Ryan Murphy’s face for this.

    I don’t have too much qualms with The Fetus himself, seems like just a good kid living out his dream, (although I don’t really appreciate his music, and I think he should’ve waited years… and I heard he can be a little cocky, which is never a good thing, there is no such thing as “bragging rights”), but the fangirls who would like anything Justin Bieber does (OMG HE KILLED A GUY BUT HE WAS SOOOO CUTE DOING IT! Y’ALL ARE JUST JEALOUS HATERS!)

    Oh well. Glee manages to make an episode with a terrible theme quite entertaining. It’ll probably star Chord Overstreet since he had the closest thing to Bieber hair, and I do like that guy.

    I also don’t think 1 Bieber appearance will drive away the rest of their demos. What it will do is create super buzz across all demos and probably attract people who normally don’t watch Glee to see if Bieber can act.

    What show was he on again? CSI I think? I don’t remember his performance getting good reviews except from his fans (who, once again, got mad at everyone who didn’t give it good reviews.). At the same time, it could’ve gotten bad reviews mostly from those who see him all the time and are tired of it.

    One Bieber performance will probably make me mad, but it won’t drive me away.

    He likes Cheryl Cole, he went up points in my book. He’s still at a pretty low level.

  • larc

    fuzzywuzzy:
    Although Archie did have his tw/teen fans, I always thought that he also had a rather large proportion of older women fans.

    Plus Archie never sounded like a little girl singing. Fetus does. I’m starting to suspect he’s been spayed. ;)

  • Kitwana

    For network television? It isn’t. The CW does really well in the 18-24 demos, they don’t survive on tweens.

    OK, maybe it is just Idol and Glee that covet the tween demo.

  • movin2thabeet

    Sounds like Glee and AI are chasing after the same demographic dream. I stopped watching Glee and the same is likely to happen with AI. (I’ll miss you MJ). Maybe adults are really no longer wanted as an audience. Hey, if Jersey Shore just smashed records as MTV’s highest rated series telecast at 8.4 million, clearly the money right now is not in quality TV. Pandering to the lowest common denominator and the latest ‘in’ trend is where its at. The only silver lining I’ve got here is that current cultural entertainment is now so immediate and fleeting that Bieber and Snooki and Taylor Swift will hopefully be gone nearly as quickly as they appeared. Of course, that doesn’t mean that those who are replacing them are any better. Can you say ‘Whip My Hair’? If you do, try the Jimmie Fallon/Bruce Springsteen version.

  • Niall

    I pretty much gave up on the show when they sacrificed continuity of storylines, and character development, for gimmicky episodes and flying through storylines in one episode when they should last several episodes. The show got really sloppy after the first several episodes of season 1. I think Murphy is on track to kill the golden goose.

  • GreenHippo

    First the birds, then the fish. Now this.

    The apocolypse is nigh………

    Hahahahahaha – :lol:
    2012 is closer then we think.

  • glambotgram

    “Justin told The Sun he wants Cheryl on Glee: … It’s all about people who look good and can sing and dance…

    Then why do they want Bieber

  • emmuzka

    Is that oceanup Bieber quote for reals? He is going to dictate who would be guest starring? What kind of douche is he?

    It’s all about people who look good and can sing and dance,

    An idiot one?

  • jammasta

    First the birds, then the fish. Now this.

    The apocolypse is nigh………

    Hahahahahaha – :lol:
    2012 is closer then we think.

    Not to be a Grinch, but weren’t both of these being related to the end of the world debunked? The Mayan Calendar was said not to have anything to do with the end of the world simply because the Mayans did not want to expand their calendar any further, the birds died reportedly due to fireworks scaring them and causing ccllisions with each other and buildings, etc. Sorry for not finding the humor in these comments, I think I woke up on the wrong side of the bed this morning and just need a hug.

    Then why do they want Bieber

    Or Finn, for that matter. Ba-zing.

    …I suddenly almost want to agree with emmuzka about the Bieber quote.

    brb going to twitter and seeing a bunch of tween girls response then listening to Take a Bow by Muse to vent my anger. Therapeutic? Hell yes.

  • Kitwana

    Is that oceanup Bieber quote for reals? He is going to dictate who would be guest starring? What kind of douche is he?

    He is so popular now he could probably get Glee to cast Mel Gibson as his co-star. I’m just wondering how many times Bieber will appear on Idol this year. I say three times: once as “mentor”, once to promote his new movie and finally again on the Finale. Ryan Seacrest must be so happy. We were all wondering why he was so fascinated (obsessed) with Bieber last year but I guess he really has an eye for talent.

  • KathyH

    He is so popular now he could probably get Glee to cast Mel Gibson as his co-star. I’m just wondering how many times Bieber will appear on Idol this year. I say three times: once as “mentor”, once to promote his new movie and finally again on the Finale.

    Oh darn. And here I was thinking I was gonna watch the show again.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    The Bieber phenomenon is quite something. The kid is cute, but really a marginal dancer and singer. What tw/teen girls like is impossible to predict.

    ETA:

    once to promote his new movie

    A movie? Is Bieber getting into acting now?

  • KathyH

    The Bieber marketing campaign is intense, though. (Some say brilliant — I say outrageous bordering on unethical) I heard a taped snippet of his manager telling young fans via chat to get all gussied up and invite the boys to the back row of the movie theater to make out in order to bring in the young male audience. He actually said this. To girls in chat. Crazy.

  • cmom

    What I don’t understand about Bieber is who is he actually popular with? It is like this huge marketing campaign has been selling, and selling and selling him and everyone just jumps on the bandwagon. I guess he is like Miley or the Jonas Bros were but he is for sure a manufactured teen idol person but does that validate him as a musician or just a fad? I too am unhappy that Glee is jumping on every bandwagon. I really wanted Archie on Glee as a representative of a real honest to God music geek – a true Glee geek in real life. That would have been great. At least every musician he has come in contact since Idol totally respects him and his musicianship. That’s what it should be. Real music geeks on Glee (and not just Archie fits that criteria)

  • Oksana2000

    Bieber on Glee? Does it mean that my 2 hours a week I spend on watching TV is now down to 1 hour???

  • TerBear14

    I am a big fan of Glee but me thinks there will be one episode I will be missing.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    What I don’t understand about Bieber is who is he actually popular with?

    My nephew is 14, and all of the girls his age LOVE Bieber (he and other boys his age hate him! LOL!). Incidently, my nephew is a HUGE fan of Taylor Swift.

    It is like this huge marketing campaign has been selling, and selling and selling him and everyone just jumps on the bandwagon. I guess he is like Miley or the Jonas Bros were but he is for sure a manufactured teen idol person but does that validate him as a musician or just a fad?

    I don’t think that Bieber is as “manufactured” as Miley, because he was originally “discovered” after becoming popular through the youtube videos that his mother posted. He plays several instruments and cowrote his hit songs.

  • Oksana2000

    So what’s gonna happen to Biebs when girls turn 15?
    BTW what is Miley doing now? Or Jonas Bros?

  • Kaykohl

    The show seems to be about featuring current trends and top entertainers. If you like the show, why would you bail out because of one show? Just don’t watch that week, and then go back to enjoying the show the following week. Most shows are aiming for longevity. 11-15 year olds will not always be that age. They will eventually age into the coveted demographics. Idol has always cast young singers, but they’ve been eliminated fairly early in the past. I don’t think Archie would have lasted either if TPTB hadn’t supported him. As the teens who watched the show grew older, their entertainment choices changed. Idol became stale and something their parents or younger siblings watched. It was the teens and the twenty somethings who bailed on Idol, not Idol bailing on them. As the audiences grew older; their choices for an idol leaned towards the older contestants. I feel Glee is trying to be a family friendly show that all can watch in order to cover all of its bases for the long run.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Idol became stale and something their parents or younger siblings watched. It was the teens and the twenty somethings who bailed on Idol, not Idol bailing on them. As the audiences grew older; their choices for an idol leaned towards the older contestants.

    I think that the teens and twenty somethings bailing on Idol was largely due to the persistent covers of songs that were too old and anachronistic. At the same time, those same song appealed to the nostalgia of older viewers (who were largely not fans of current pop music), so they would support contestants who weren’t necessarily a fit with the current industry.

  • kmd

    I am disappointed with this news. I think that having Bieber on Glee is a big mistake for the show. I also heard that Biebs is demanding that Cheryl Cole be on the show with him. Why would Glee/Ryan Murphy even deal with a 16 year old making those demands. What an attitude he has. I always hoped that they would have Archie on the show. I am not watching that episode and I think that I am not alone.

  • KathyH

    I can’t figure out why Bieber would demand Cheryl Cole? I mean, what the random?!?

    Plus I disagree that David A. would’ve been off early without support. He has plenty of older fans who became fans the first time they heard him sing.

  • Kitwana

    I also heard that Biebs is demanding that Cheryl Cole be on the show with him.

    I don’t blame him for wanting Cheryl Cole on the show. She really does look good, can sing and can dance. Simon Cowell really likes her and is really pushing her. She will have a seat at the X Factor Judges table. She will be a big star.

  • KathyH

    Well, sure, but what’s his connection to her. I mean, why? There are lots of older (than Bieber) women who are great singers and dancers. Why on earth does he NEED her to be on the show with him. Do not get it.

  • http://www.twilightslo.com Mateja

    I completely understand that older people don’t like Justin and his music, but he has a lot of fans. I can see his appeal even though I’m almost 10 years too old to be a fan.

  • cmom

    That’s funny KathyH how everyone is using Archie’s “what the random” tweet – Jim cantiello just cracked up and started using it too. oops – off topic

  • KathyH

    LOL — in this case it’s a perfect fit. Random choice, Biebz. Who’s telling you to bring Cheryl along, anyhow?

  • bridgette12

    KathyH:
    01/08/2011 at 5:04 pm
    Well, sure, but what’s his connection to her. I mean, why? There are lots of older (than Bieber) women who are great singers and dancers. Why on earth does he NEED her to be on the show with him. Do not get it.

    I think Beibs wants to see just how much stroke he has and try to make demands, like he’s some kind of icon.

  • jumpstart

    Bieber – Icon

    Two words which do not belong in the same sentence.

  • car

    I’ll admit that I’ve never watched Glee. Did Charice ever appear there? I remember reading a lot about her joining the show. Would Archie be a big draw for Glee?

  • Kitwana

    An Archie appearance on Glee would never generate as much buzz as a Bieber appearance. There’s just nobody more popular right now. However, an Archie musical performance on Glee is far more likely to create a watercooler moment than one by Bieber.

  • larc

    Kitwana:
    However, an Archie musical performance on Glee is far more likely to create a watercooler moment than one by Bieber.

    A Bieber performance might create some watercooler jokes and laughs, though. ;)

  • abbysee

    There’s just nobody more popular right now. However, an Archie musical performance on Glee is far more likely to create a watercooler moment than one by Bieber.

    Frankly, i think they need that watercooler moment more than ratings right now.

  • lanter

    I am an over 30, under 40, watcher of Glee who is fast losing patience with the show. This season has had little continuity or characterization. Guest “stars” and theme episodes seem to have taken over. Now they are actively courting the tween crowd? Does this mean FOX will sanitize the series even more than it has been? Tweens may tune in to see Bieber, but that does not mean they will stick around. Meanwhile, viewers like me may tune out and not come back. Bad move Ryan Murphy. BAD MOVE!

  • Nina1

    A whole show of babeh, babeh, babeh, ooooooh babeh, babehbabeh?

  • http://MJO judes

    Kitwana:
    01/08/2011 at 5:02 pm

    I also heard that Biebs is demanding that Cheryl Cole be on the show with him.

    I don’t blame him for wanting Cheryl Cole on the show. She really does look good, can sing and can dance. Simon Cowell really likes her and is really pushing her. She will have a seat at the X Factor Judges table. She will be a big star.

    I think the point that most people are saying is not that he would like Cheryl on the show but that he’s demanding it – just like any diva would. Also just because Simon likes her & is pushing her doesn’t necessarily mean she will be a big star.
    Kudos to you for being a very supportive Bieber fan though. Although as you yourself said- teenagers move on as they grow up- so the carnage for Justin could be brutal in a couple of years.

  • Kitwana

    Kudos to you for being a very supportive Bieber fan though.

    I am definitely not a Bieber fan lol lol…

    As I said in my first post, I just think Ryan Murphy should be applauded for courting the tween market and recognizing its importance. I just think that when Nigel left after Season 7, one of the many mistakes that the producers made was to lose sight of the importance of this demo and take it for granted. The show suffered as a result. Is the average age of the Idol viewer now up into the mid 40s? No offence to Lee or Crystal but if American Idol still had a healthy tween or teen audience, there is no way that these two would have been the finalists of Season 9.

    I also don’t think it’s fair to criticise Glee for using Bieber on the show. I am sure that American Idol is actively working to secure multiple Bieber appearances this Season. I would not be surprised if Dancing with the Stars, SYTYCD, America’s Got Talent, and X-Factor are doing the same.

    Bieber is not a good singer, not a good dancer, not a good musician, and not particularly atractive. However, he can pull in tween viewers. Why not use him? In fact, Glee should try to lock him and Cheryl Cole up for a multiple episode arc so that they can get the tweens coming back for more.

  • archiedoll

    Can you say “oversaturation” (for both)??? Ditto Gah.

    Bingo. I mean, why do the stars who already have enough exposure need to keep hoarding it from those who need more, like David A? (Same w/ radioplay~ why monopolize the playlist with the same 3 artists? Give other artists a chance, ya know? Grr.)… David has expressed an interest in being on GLEE. We his fans would LOVE to see him there, as he basically IS the quintessential gleek~ no acting required, lol. And tbh, he could use more major network exposure right now.

    But no….it has to be Bieber, because he’s the hottest thing in town, hands down. *rolls eyes* Which I just don’t get. Bieber certainly doesn’t need GLEE, & I wouldn’t think that they’d need him. It’s still an extremely popular show, & doesn’t it cater to teens already?

    Is that oceanup Bieber quote for reals? He is going to dictate who would be guest starring? What kind of douche is he?

    Seriously? He’s making demands like that at 16? Wow, somebody’s creating a monster, I’d say. That kid is gonna combust while he’s still young.

  • smartalek

    The Glee cast is so talented, the cast doesn’t need Bieber and Bieber is big enough without the show. If the show wants to use him as a one-off guest for ratings and buzz, fine, but an episode dedicated to Bieber is insanity and above board. I’m not happy.

  • smartalek

    Oh thank god it’s a false alarm.
    http://perezhilton.com/2011-01-09-glee-to-do-a-justin-bieber-episode-for-february-sweeps
    So as per Ryan Murphy, Glee will feature one Bieber song to be sung by Sam but that there will never be a Bieber themed episode.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    I’ll admit that I’ve never watched Glee. Did Charice ever appear there? I remember reading a lot about her joining the show. Would Archie be a big draw for Glee?

    Charice appeared in one episode in October and is rumored to be a guest star again in another episode. Charice sang “Listen” and duetted with Lea on “Telephone” – both songs sold well and debuted in the top 20 of the digital songs chart.

    http://pulsemusic.proboards.com/index.cgi?action=display&board=gmn&thread=100567&page=4#3061119
    Both Charice and Archie would benefit far more from a Glee appearance than Glee would benefit in increased ratings.

    An Archie appearance on Glee would never generate as much buzz as a Bieber appearance. There’s just nobody more popular right now.

    If Glee is considering a Bieber-themed show, then it’s for increased ratings. Bieber doesn’t need this kind of promotion. According to Billboard, Taylor is the #1 most popular star under 21, with Bieber at #2.
    http://pulsemusic.proboards.com/index.cgi?action=display&board=gmn&thread=100569&page=1#3046500
    I agree with them.

    I also don’t think it’s fair to criticise Glee for using Bieber on the show. I am sure that American Idol is actively working to secure multiple Bieber appearances this Season. I would not be surprised if Dancing with the Stars, SYTYCD, America’s Got Talent, and X-Factor are doing the same.

    Bieber is not a good singer, not a good dancer, not a good musician, and not particularly atractive. However, he can pull in tween viewers. Why not use him? In fact, Glee should try to lock him and Cheryl Cole up for a multiple episode arc so that they can get the tweens coming back for more.

    I also don’t criticize any show for using Bieber (or anyone) for ratings. It is what it is. I can understand Bieber’s appeal to the tw/teen girls. The kid is cute (like a puppy dog), and he’s an OK singer, dancer and I haven’t seen enough of him to know if he’s a good musician (according to wiki he plays piano, drums, guitar, and trumpet), but he’s probably not horrible. I think that his appeal is limited to a pretty narrow age and gender group (Taylor’s appeal is broader, IMO), so it will be interesting to see what kind of staying power Justin has.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    I’ll admit that I’ve never watched Glee. Did Charice ever appear there? I remember reading a lot about her joining the show. Would Archie be a big draw for Glee?

    Charice appeared in one episode in October and is rumored to be a guest star again in another episode. Charice sang “Listen” and duetted with Lea on “Telephone” – both songs sold well and debuted in the top 20 of the digital songs chart.

    Both Charice and Archie would benefit far more from a Glee appearance than Glee would benefit in increased ratings.

    An Archie appearance on Glee would never generate as much buzz as a Bieber appearance. There’s just nobody more popular right now.

    If Glee is considering a Bieber-themed show, then it’s for increased ratings. Bieber doesn’t need this kind of promotion. According to Billboard, Taylor is the #1 most popular star under 21, with Bieber at #2.

    I agree with them.

    I also don’t think it’s fair to criticise Glee for using Bieber on the show. I am sure that American Idol is actively working to secure multiple Bieber appearances this Season. I would not be surprised if Dancing with the Stars, SYTYCD, America’s Got Talent, and X-Factor are doing the same.

    Bieber is not a good singer, not a good dancer, not a good musician, and not particularly atractive. However, he can pull in tween viewers. Why not use him? In fact, Glee should try to lock him and Cheryl Cole up for a multiple episode arc so that they can get the tweens coming back for more.

    I also don’t criticize any show for using Bieber (or anyone) for ratings. It is what it is. I can understand Bieber’s appeal to the tw/teen girls. The kid is cute (like a puppy dog), and he’s an OK singer and dancer. I haven’t seen enough of him to know if he’s a good musician (according to wiki he plays piano, drums, guitar, and trumpet), but he’s probably not horrible. I think that Justin’s appeal is limited to a pretty narrow age and gender group (Taylor’s appeal is broader, IMO), so it will be interesting to see what kind of staying power Justin has.

  • kmd

    That is good news that it is not a Bieber themed episode. That really did not make much sense. Were they going to sing “baby, baby, baby” for an hour?lol Bieber has a movie coming out in Feb. That is why he wants to be on the show. I think that it would be great promo for American Idol if Glee had Archie on their show. It would be nice to see an idol featured on a popular FOX show other than AI. Archie is the obvious choice because he is an idol,is young,has a great voice, and is a self proclaimed music geek.

  • tripp_ncwy

    EW disputes the Bieber episode. Sam will sing one of his songs to Quinn according to the producer of the show.

    http://insidetv.ew.com/2011/01/09/no-justin-bieber-episode-for-glee/

  • Grammie Kari

    A lot are talking about David Archuleta, but what about Jordin “She’s Just 17″ Sparks? What demographics did she appeal to? I’ll still watch Glee.

  • Montavilla

    Now that the crisis has passed, this talk about David Archuleta guest-starring on Glee has put an idea into my head. Somehow, I can’t quite see Archie fitting on the show — mainly because he comes off so nice.

    But what about Allison Iraheta? What if she weren’t a guest star, but added to the ensemble in a year or two when they start rotating out the cast? (This is assuming she’s not doing busy something more fabulous.) I could really see her as a student at McKinley High. She’s funny. She’s quirky. She’s tough enough to survive that school.

    Of course, I have no idea how good an actress she is, but she wouldn’t have to carry the show herself. She’d have writers creating a role based on her personality (as the other characters seem to be). And, it might solve that personality problem that Simon kept nattering on about. Hilary Duff and Miley Cyrus didn’t become huge stars because of their singing: they became stars because they were on television every week.

  • kmd

    I think Archie would good for Glee’s ratings because he has such a diverse fan base. He would get the tweens,teens,adults, and senior citizens to watch him on Glee. I have no problem with Allison or Jordin on Glee. It just would be nice to see AI promote one of their own Idols on Glee.