Watch Justin’s reaction when he’s asked about 17 year-old fellow Canadian singer, Shawn Mendes.
“Who’s Shawn Mendes?” Justin asks over his shoulder to management off-camera with a faint smile, inserting a plastic soda cap into his mouth.
“Oh! He’s on Island. He’s from southern Ontario. He’s 17 years old. He’s got a song called ‘Stitches’ that’s, like, doing okay at pop radio,” the host stutters, weirdly downplaying the success of the Billboard Hot 100 Top 20 hit. (The album from which it was released, Handwritten, debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200.)
“Nice. Nice. Good for him,” Justin replies, further chewing on the cap. Nope. No one coming to mind.
“Oh! Oh wow, so you don’t even… I thought for sure you might because he’s also from southern Ontario,” the host says.
“No. No, I don’t know him. But I will check him out. For sure.” Mmhmm.