After months of bad news, Justin Bieber fans finally have something to celebrate – he’s making a cameo appearance this weekend on The Simpsons, thanks to a word from the series’ creator, Matt Groening.
“He tries to get into a talent show where Bart is playing piano,” Simpsons producer Al Jean tells Rolling Stone. “It’s just a cameo. This sentence is longer than his appearance.”
According to Jean, Groening requested that Bieber be worked into an episode. “I think he has a family member who was a fan,” Jean says. “I think he’s a fan, too. So he asked us to find a place to use him. I think [Bieber] had also met Matt and wanted to be on the show.” Bieber did the voice work last year, as Rolling Stone previously reported.
Yesterday, the singer posted a shot on Twitter of his yellow-skinned Simpsons character sporting the signature swept bangs, diamond stud earring and his famed blue suede Versace jacket.
“Wait. Is that @dankanter creepin in the back? Haha,” Bieber tweeted, making a reference to his guitarist and musical director. He later tweeted another shot of his Simpsons character standing next to an animated version of his manager, Scooter Braun.
In the episode “The Fabulous Faker Boy,” which airs Sunday at 8 p.m. on FOX, Marge pushes Bart to explore his creative side and take piano lessons. Bart resists until he meets his beautiful piano teacher and is encouraged to enter a talent show. Bieber, playing himself, makes a brief appearance waiting outside the talent show with Braun.
Meanwhile, Homer is shocked when he loses the last two remaining hairs on his head, and must employ a variety of headgear to keep his newfound baldness a secret from Marge.
Other guest stars include SNL‘s Bill Hader, 30 Rock‘s Jane Krakowski and actor Patrick Stewart.