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6 Ways That Austin Mahone Is Without A Doubt The New Justin Bieber

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There are many ways that someone can become an international pop idol, including being ridiculously talented, selling your soul and firstborn child to Simon Cowell, or copying what worked for someone before you. Pop music newcomer Austin Mahone, knows all about that last one because, oh my God, he is Justin Bieber (if Justin Bieber were reeeally into beanies.) Like, seriously, did you see him performing at the VMAs pre-show, just oozing Bieber juice from all of his orifices. I know I saw it and I couldn’t believe my eyes or my ears. That kind of disbelief is the kind that you have to write about in a pretty little list. Like this one, actually.

Austin got really lucky in life because he’s having his career breakout moment just as Justin is having his career breakdown moment. There was a vacant spot for a brand new teen with boyish good looks and an ear piercing and Austin answered the swag signal in the sky. Let’s all applaud JusAustin, shall we. It takes a lot to look the world in its eyes and say, “yeah, this is a matter of stolen identity, what’s it to ya?” before sauntering off into a sea of teenage fangirls.

But his fans, his Mahomies, maybe aren’t totally ready to admit that Austin stole Bieber’s brand, filed off the serial number and sold it back to everyone. Or definitely aren’t ready, if we’re being specific.

But I am neither fooled by those caps nor swayed by that poetic “K.” I know that Austin knows that Justin knows that they are one and the same. And I also know that as the world grows tired of Justin’s ridiculousness, Austin’s going to swoop in and steal his life. If anyone is left unconvinced, here are six whole reasons why you should totally beliebe me.

1. They have the same exact style.

Look at that leather outfit that Austin wore to the 2013 VMAs. Just you look at it. And then I want you to try to tell yourself that that is not an exact replica of Justin’s all-white leather suit thing that he’s been really into for some reason. The only difference is that Austin’s is black and red and, oooh, so edgy.

2. The have the same face, too.

Maybe their faces aren’t so similar that someone might mistake the two for identical twins. But they are similar enough that, say, someone’s grandma might mistake them for the same person before she had put on her glasses in the morning. And that’s close enough, if you ask me.

3. They have the same love of background dancers.

I know that a lot of singers have background dancers (or background teddy bears, I guess) because it’s apparently awkward for everyone involved to have just the singer there, dancing all alone. But the difference between Austin’s background dancers and everyone else’s is that the others aren’t direct descendants of Justin Bieber’s, who are direct descendants of Usher’s. Austin is just continuing the pop circle of life.

4. They have the same type of music video.

Austin Mahone Video

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Justin Bieber Mistletoe

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Nothing says, “I luv u, girl” like lighting that makes the singer look like they are shooting on a particularly fluffy set of clouds in heaven. Softly-lit is the way to the young girls’ hearts and the parents of young girls’ money clips. Justin knows that and now Austin knows it, too.

5. They have the same backstory. 

Both Austin and Justin were raised in single-parent households, where the parent in question was their mom. This is really (see: really, very, super duper) important to Austin. He pointed it out in his VMA acceptance speech and it wasn’t at all a ploy to make everyone think about another young pop star who was also raised by a single mother. Not at all, you guys!

6. They have the same music. 

While all pop music sounds suspiciously similar to each other (lookin’ at you, Katy Kat), Austin’s songs sound extremely similar to Justin’s earlier songs. His song Say Somethin’ is like Baby‘s younger sibling and really, I don’t expect the musical similarities to end here. I hear that Austin is even working on a new song called Beauty and the Beats by Dr. Dre. You heard it here first, folks.

I imagine that it’s probably annoying for Justin to have to sit back while Austin reverse moonwalks his way into everyone’s hearts like Justin himself did a few years ago. If he’s really feeling bothered by it, though, he can ring up his pal Rihanna because Miley Cyrus is currently trying her very hardest to be a good girl who broke bad.

(Lead Photo: WENN , Hugh Dillon/WENN)

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  • Jill O’Rourke

    Oh no, we’re going to have to go through this all over again. Please tell me there aren’t more of them hiding somewhere.

    • Olivia Wilson

      There are, they’re hiding in the shadows waiting for their chance in the spotlight

    • Bri Taylor

      You’re really blinded and need a life instead of being a GOSSIPER…telling people things that are completely lies. What has this world come to. And how old are you? If you’re older than 19 or whatever then you completely aren’t a grown up who should be making the right choices instead of doing “this” for your life or whatever you do(i don’t care) but what I DO care about is Austin…let me get this straight for you and the others okay?maybe I’ll even tell you what each word means. Austin is NOTHING like JB and it’s actually funny at how many people believe everything today’s social networks has to offer them. You all ate like goats you eat up all the lies,just chewing it up and just taking it like that…you don’t want anything else cause you’ve eaten up you lie for the day.

    • Kaz

      There are lots of “them” hiding in plain view. The style, the clothes, the look … They are called teenage boys. And it isn’t as if Bieber is so original … there have been young male singers with screaming teen girl fans for as long as I can recall. Austin Mahone is a young man, doing something he loves … give the kid a break.

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  • Filthy Peasant

    “because it’s apparently awkward for everyone involved to have just the singer there, dancing all alone.”

    I just love this sentence. Was it intentional sarcasm?

    • Olivia Wilson

      Thank you!

      And yes, it was! I typed it with a sly smirk and everything, haha.

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  • Amber

    Are you blind or what?? from where the hell do you think they have same music video , or are you def that you think say something is like bieber baby song? and having a single mom do you really think that it was in austin hand to make him similar to justin bieber???? So just shut the F*** up and don’t let Mahomies to hate justin, we dont hate justin but people like you are making us to do that……

    • Olivia Wilson

      Hey, Amber, I can’t make other people do things!

    • SimpsonsGoldenAge

      Austin is undeniably sidling into Justin Bieber’s lost demographics using the exact same style.

  • Amber

    Bieber don’t have muscles like Austin, suck it Haters…….

    • Liz Mahone ILY

      SO TRUE LOL

  • wolf12

    Austin & Biber’s songs sound nothing alike.Their music videos are nothing alike.They look nothing alike Austin Mahones burnet & Bibers Blond. Having the same backstory means nothing, neither chose to have their parents split. Unlike Justin people actually like Austin Mahone, everyone is always saying how much they hate Beiber.

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  • Anonymous

    Haters gonna hate, Mahomies gonna love!!! Leave Austin alone! There is nothing similar about them apart from the fact that they are both TEENAGE BOYS!!!! Who would like a druggie anyway? Hint to all the beliebers out there! Lol joke dont cry

  • Anonymous

    Oh and since when has ‘Say Somethin’ sounded anything like ‘Baby’?? Get a life.

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  • Bri Taylor

    Listen here lady…SHUT THE FUCK UP!! You all easily believe and hear whatever people are telling and showing you instead of getting to know Austin and stop relying on gossip and he’s NOT the new JB in fact he’s better than JB and Austin is himself making his own music and has a good life ignoring haters and the we want you to die comments he has to go through everyday so I suggest all of you FAKES AND GOSSIPERS to know that as a mahomie I KNOW what Austin goes through everyday and what everybody “hears” about Austin being JB get you STUPID head out of the gutter and open up you eyes and ears…maybe that’ll show you who Austin really is.

  • Amanda

    There is only one justin bieber and nobody will ever compare to him!!!!!!

  • connie

    Mahone is copying justin bieber! Ovbious! Austin “Mojon” can’t sing! Is mediocre, people stupid: majonies! Lol. This guy is so stupid.

  • Belieber998798

    Beatuy and a beat is by justin come on ppl

  • keller

    Austin is NOTHING compared to justin