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Ryan Seacrest, Ludacris, and YouTube are teaming up to find the next Justin Bieber

Never forget that YouTube is to blame for the rise of Justin Bieber. The talented Canadian upstart posted videos of his singing and guitar-playing, and the rest is history. Many have tried to replicate Bieber’s path to a level of fame that means having your face on bedsheets and being able to wear rose-gold grills without irony, but few have succeeded. Now the unlikely combination of Ryan Seacrest, Ludacris, and YouTube hope to change that with an online talent show that just might unleash the next Justin Bieber upon the worldaccording to The Hollywood Reporter

The competition is called Best.Cover.Ever and it will give rising musicians the chance to perform their best cover versions of either the Backstreet Boys “As Long as You Love Me,” Demi Lovato’s “Confident,” or Jason Derulo’s “Trumpets” and earn a shot to perform with the original recording artist. Up-and-coming youngsters have until May 19 to find out who the Backstreet Boys are and then submit their song to YouTube.

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