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Girls Gone Wild: Bieber Fever Grips Toyota Center

Girls Gone Wild: Bieber Fever Grips Toyota Center
Photos by Marco Torres

I have to admit, I only know a handful of things about Justin Bieber. I know that Usher is his mentor, his girlfriend is Selena Gomez and that he vomited onstage a few weeks ago after taking too many shots of milk mixed with tequila or something.

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Beliebers: Justin Bieber at Toyota Center

But more importantly, I know that he is a super-ginormous megastar with millions of fans worldwide, making him the most beloved Canadian export since maple syrup and hockey.

But until I received this assignment, I had never ever heard him sing or seen him perform. His music is just not my bag, baby. I don't listen to the radio, much less Top 40 Radio, nor do I watch much television. And you know what? Living in a Bieber-less world is not so bad...for me.

Girls Gone Wild: Bieber Fever Grips Toyota Center

For millions of "Beliebers," however, Justin Bieber is life. And it's not hard to understand how a handsome, talented, personable kid can become an idol to a fan base that ranges from tweens to middle-aged moms, all clamoring to get a piece of their Justin.

Oh, and to a concert photographer, big artists such as the Biebs are like trophies, and in that respect I was determined to make him mine.

So I decided to give him a shot. And you know what? Some of his stuff is actually pretty great. After listening to "Be Alright," I was surprised at how heartfelt and sincere his voice sounds on that track. Later that night, I caught myself singing "baby, baby, baby... ohhhh!" to my one-year-old niece.

I sought out and found some hardcore "Beliebers" at last night's sold-out show at the Toyota Center and asked them to give me their insight on his Bieberness. Here are the results:

Girls Gone Wild: Bieber Fever Grips Toyota Center

LINDSEY & ALEXIS, BOTH 17

Rocks Off: How long have you been a Belieber?

Both: About three years.

Why should I listen to JB?

Alexis: Because his music is fun and very relatable. And we like to dance to it.

RO: What is your favorite JB song?

L: "As Long as You Love Me."

A: "Boyfriend."

 

Girls Gone Wild: Bieber Fever Grips Toyota Center

SEAN, 26 & ANNA, 21

RO: How long have you been a Belieber?

Sean: Three years.

Anna: Four years.

RO: Why should I listen to JB?

Anna: He has a variety of styles, and he has the best singing voice. His songs are full of swagger and sacrifice, and he collabs with the best artists.

What is your favorite JB song?

S: "Overboard."

A: "Favorite Girl."

Girls Gone Wild: Bieber Fever Grips Toyota Center

EMILY, 13

How long have you been a Belieber?

Emily: About four years now, since I was nine. Today is my birthday, I'm 13 now! My dad and I drove all the way from El Paso for this show!

RO: Why should I listen to JB?

E: He puts a lot of meaning into his songs. It gives me a lot of confidence to hear him sing. I love that he puts his whole soul into his music.

RO: What is your favorite JB song?

E: "Be Alright."

So, after it's all over, after all the research, the photos and the fans...has Marco From Houston become a "Belieber"?

I plead the Fifth, baby (baby baby ohhhh!).


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