I was backstage at the Jingle Ball concert at Madison Square Garden in New York City last Friday night, where Taylor Swift, Justin Bieber, Owl City, Boys Like Girls, and the other hot artists of 2009 performed. Before Justin sang "One Less Lonely Girl" and "One Time" for the screaming crowd, he beatboxed for press behind-the-scenes, professed his love for Beyoncé (multiple times!), and told us what he looks for in a girl. Check out the revealing Q+A!
Who is your favorite singer?
With all of your success, is there anything you’ve gone out and splurged on?
Not really. I buy a lot of candy.
What’s your New Year’s resolution?
My New Year’s resolution is...I’m going to stop eating as much candy.
You’re going on tour soon. What can a fan do to stand out from the crowd?
Be really loud. Be as loud as you can.
Who is your celebrity crush?
Have you ever had to deal with stage fright?
What’s your favorite album of the year?
What are some of your favorite songs from the year?
I liked "Use Somebody" [by Kings of Leon] and "Battlefield" by Jordin Sparks.
What has been the most misunderstood thing about you?
I don’t know. I think people have gotten their points pretty straight.
What’s the most important item to you?
Probably luggage because I travel so much.
Out of everything that has gone on this year for you, can you point to one highlight?
I got to go to Germany and I got to perform for 17,000 people.
How is it being in New York for the holidays?
It feels great. Being in New York for the holidays is great. The spirit here is fantastic and among that, being able to perform at Madison Square Garden is legendary. It’s going to be awesome.
You and Taylor Swift seem to be pretty close friends. Has she given you any advice about the industry?
Not really. When we talk, we talk about fun stuff.
What do you want for Christmas?
For Christmas I just want to go and see my family up in Canada.
Who’s an artist you’d like to work with?
What’s your favorite candy?
My favorite candy is Beyoncé.
What qualities do you look for in a girl?
I look for a girl that has a nice smile and pretty eyes and a girl that can make me laugh because I like to laugh.
What’s going on through your head when you’re onstage performing?
My fans usually.
You can read this interview, originally posted on Seventeen.com here.