Talk show mogul Oprah Winfrey will feature Prince of Pop, Justin Bieber in her Thanksgiving weekend edition of Oprah’s Next Chapter on Sunday Nov. 25 at 9 PM EST on OWN.
The show will air fresh off the heels of Justin Bieber’s three major American Music Award wins (including Artist of the Year) last night, Nov. 18.
It also closely follows reports of Bieber’s split from his first seriously publicized singer/actress girlfriend, Selena Gomez.
About 3 hours ago (Nov. 19), Winfrey tweeted a preview clip of her lengthy sit-down with Bieber, along with the following message:
“I haven’t done an interview like this since Michael Jackson in 1993. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_-9sjNakyC0 … #NextChapter”
Like the late King of Pop, Michael Jackson, Justin Bieber’s life has been under a great deal of public scrutiny from a very young age.
During the clip, Winfrey calls Justin Bieber “a phenomenon for our time” and tells the somewhat stunned young man, “There’s never been a star like you. Do you realize that?“
Bieber smiles slightly and asks, “What do you mean by that?”
Oprah proceeds to tell him that he’s evolved via social media and the light of understanding clicks on for Bieber.
Oprah’s big question to Bieber in the clip: How does he manage such a closely monitored meteoric rise to fame?
Bieber gave at least one answer to Winfrey via Twitter around an hour ago, saying:
“looking forward to this interview. @oprah growing up in front of everyone is not easy. thanks for taking the time.”
Some YouTube viewers’ comments criticize Oprah Winfrey for even drawing a comparison between the iconic Beatles and Michael Jackson, who have crossed generations of fans, and Justin Bieber, who has merely emerged in the last decade.
However, other viewers defended her statements by pointing out Justin’s sheer numbers of millions of global, screaming fans.
Social media was not here to help MJ or the Beatles on their rise to fame.
The big difference? Justin Bieber and all other socially connected celebrities can give fans a minute-to-minute look inside their lives, if they so choose.
They can say thank you, return a tweet, tell a fan Happy Birthday or what they had for breakfast if they want to.
The end result? Fans get a more up close and personal connection – its instant mutual gratification. They don’t have to write a letter, put a stamp on it and drop it in a mailbox, wondering if it is going into a black hole…
Sometimes, though, maintaining that kind of constant connection and “positive” public image can create an enormous amount of pressure.
It will be interesting to hear the young pop star’s own take and perception on living life in the spotlight.
Like it or not, Justin Bieber was discovered on YouTube and creates mass hysteria among screaming fans when he steps out on the stage—much like his infamous predecessors.
If his 30 million Twitter followers have anything to say about it, Justin Bieber will continue to capture their hearts for many more years to come and become a multi-generational artist in his own right.
“Oprah’s Next Chapter” with Justin Bieber airs in Flint on Sunday November 25, 2012 at 9 PM EST. Click here for a Flint area channel guide.