It’s official. Justin Bieber will be hosting Saturday Night Live. The long-rumored gig was finally confirmed by NBC yesterday (January 8). The episode, airing February 9, will also find the 18-year-old pop sensation performing as musical guest.
Plans for Bieber to host SNL were revealed in January of last year by actor Alec Baldwin. During his “Here’s The Thing” podcast today, Baldwin read Bieber’s name off of a board of confirmed hosts and their possible musical guests, posted in SNL executive producer Lorne Michaels‘ office.
While this will be Bieber’s first time hosting SNL, he’s had a number of appearances on the show over the years. Bieber made his SNL debut in April of 2010 when he appeared as musical guest and in a skit with Tina Fey, who hosted the episode. He then appeared on SNL again in February of 2011 in a digital short and in Dana Carvey‘s “Church Lady” skit, and returned in May of 2012 for Andy Samberg‘s 100th digital short.
Bieber’s hotly-anticipated SNL gig couldn’t have come at a better time. Bieber is gearing up to release a new album, Believe Acoustic, on January 29.