Friday, May 4, 2012

Pop star seriousface showdown

People have been (rightly) praising the new singles by Justin Bieber and British Justin Bieber knock-off, Conor Maynard.

Justin's Boyfriend and Conor's Can't Say No are great radio songs, with just the right balance of R&B swagger and pop brilliance. It's a trick they've stolen from Justin Timberlake but, if he's going to insist on wasting his time hanging around film sets hoping to be the next Brendan Fraser, we'll take what we can get.

The problem comes when these songs appear on YouTube. Justin and Conor have been struck down by a virulent strain of seriousface. They gurn and grimace and contort their faces into expressions that are presumably supposed to convey a heady cocktail of sincerity and sexiness. Instead, they look like someone has rubbed fire ants into their scrotum.

And don't get me started on the "urban" hand gestures. Jesus Christ.



So who does it best? And who is the worst representation of humanity?

It's time for a vote.

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