Justin Bieber’s charm is in that he seems like one of the boys.
He could be that boy in sophomore English class, dressing like he shops at Old Navy, always adjusting his baseball cap because his bangs are in the way. And his concert at Nassau Coliseum to headline The Pop-Con plays off of that. Usher has taught him well.
When he hands a girl from the audience a bouquet of roses and gives her a hug during “One Less Lonely Girl,” after serenading her with lines like “I’m gonna put you first,” he’s offering a teenage dream. What makes it work is that the boy can sing. When he breaks it down with just an acoustic guitar for the medley of his potential mentors – “Cry Me a River” for Justin Timberlake and “U Got It Bad” for Usher – it’s easy to see why they were after him.
Some may wonder what happens when his voice changes or when he matures, but that’s for later. Right now, there’s “My World 2.0" coming out with his smash “Baby” – where Bieber ably delivered Ludacris’ rap, by the way – and “Never Let You Go,” which he previewed at last night’s show.
Right now, Bieber’s only going to get bigger.
SETLIST: Love Me / Bigger / One Less Lonely Girl / Cry Me a River/U Got It Bad / Never Let You Go / Favorite Girl / Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin/Walk This Way / Down to Earth / One Time // ENCORE: With You / Baby
PHOTO: Justin Bieber at Nassau Coliseum by Bruce Gilbert for Newsday.