MANILA, Philippines — YouTube clamor and a neatly-wrapped pop image package secure two common denominators between Justin Bieber and Charice that an article from The Atlantic Home included the Filipina belter in the list of Bieber-phenom-positives.
The feature “Boys Who Would Be Bieber” by Jason Richards (writer for New York Magazine, Gawker, RollingStone.com) only named two girls in the obviously boys-dominated waiting list capable of pop world domination – Charice and Rebecca Black.
Part of the article read: “Girls can be Biebers, too. Teen YouTube sensations Charice Pempengco and Rebecca Black – whose video for ‘Friday’ reached 100,000 YouTube views before Bieber’s ‘Baby’ did – have both been angling for portions of the boy star’s audience.”
However, Richards said Charice’s “Glee” appeal and Black’s backlash hype still lack exceptional drawing power. “Beyond the hairstyle (which its progenitor has already moved past), viral celebrity, heartthrob-ish first names, and lovelorn musical subject matter, these Bieber successors have one thing in common: They have yet to succeed on a grand scale. That is, none have come close to the youth-culture stranglehold the original enjoys.”
The current pop appeal favors boys more, an observation echoed in reality shows like “American Idol” where male contestants tend to outlast their female competitors.
Richards highlighted a number of Bieber wannabes parts of the world are currently busy trying to produce. “Twelve-year-old Ronan Parke – cherubic, bangs side-swept, missing canine tooth giving him a slight Alfred E. Newman-esque air of mischief, with a precociously soulful singing voice – was runner-up on the latest season of ‘Britain’s Got Talent.’ Long before he even had a chance to lose, however, the UK press had elected him heir apparent to Bieber’s throne. The quest for the boy who will overthrow the
Article source: Manila Bulletin Newspaper Online