Baby Face-Off

Dubbed "Baby Bieber" by music industry insiders, internet singing sensation Austin Mahone is sending teen and tween girls into hyper-hysteria. We compare the two to see how Mahone stacks up to his teen superstar icon. Could there be a coup in the Biebs future?

Justin Bieber Peforming at Rockefeller Center in NYC

Justin "The Biebs" Bieber

Austin Mahone Performing at Pepsi Summerbash

Austin "Baby Bieber" Mahone


Justin: Stratford, Ontario.

Austin: San Antonio, Texas.


Justin: 18

Austin: 16.


Justin: 5'7 (although the subject of much speculation).

Austin: 5'9.

Hair comparison:

Justin: Signature style is swoopy, shiny and perpetually in his eyes.

Austin: Same shape as the Biebs, but bigger and wavier.

Humble beginnings:

Justin: Grew up below the poverty line in low-income housing his mom had to juggle several jobs to afford.

Austin: Has risen to internet stardom out of an 8-ft by 10-ft room with a foldout futon bed.

Homeschooling hiccup?:

Justin: Referred to the Sistine Chapel as the "Sixteenth" Chapel on the David Letterman Show.

Austin: None of note yet, aside from pretty silly grammar and punctuation.

La familia:

Justin: Only child raised by single (teen!) mom Pattie, with the help of her parents/his grandparents.

Austin: Only child raised by single mother Michele, after his father passed away when Mahone was 16 months (Michele later remarried, divorced and moved their family in with her parents/Mahone's grandparents).

The start of teenybopper hysteria:

Justin: Started posting homemade videos of himself on YouTube in 2007, covering R & B artists like Usher and Ne-Yo, and racked up 10 million views before being signed to a label.

Austin: Started posting homemade videos of himself on YouTube in 2011 covering pop artists like the Biebs and Adele, and has thus far racked up more than 72 million views.

Cutesy name for legions of female followers:

Justin: Beliebers, who are stricken with "Bieber Fever."

Austin: Mahomies.

Social media stats:

Justin: Almost 24 million Twitter followers and nearly 45 million Facebook fans.

Austin: Over 760K Twitter followers and nearly 500K Facebook fans.

Crushworthy confession:

Justin: Secret softie who loves classic chick flick The Notebook.

Austin: Lets fans ask him, like, anything on his blog's "Ask Me" section.

Money, honey:

Justin: Made $55 mil in the last year alone.

Austin: Shows projected to draw at least $50K and merch sales projected at roughly $50K as well (per month!).

What you could probably buy instead of booking him:

Justin: Pedal powered submarine for two, exotic private jet tour by Smithsonian Journeys, 2012 Lotus Evora (all around $70K).

Austin: One night under the stars on AKA Central Park hotel's penthouse terrace, iPad 2, Logitech customizable earbuds with personal sound coach (all around $2K).

Sweet yet slightly annoying catch phrase:

Justin: Never say never.

Austin: Haters gonna hate, Mahomies gonna love.

Heartbreaker status:

Austin: Single and ready to mingle.

Dream souvenir for a fangirl:

Justin: His bust immortalized in wax, currently in residence at Madame Tussauds.

Austin: The foldout futon bed upon which he laid his perfectly-coiffed head.

Who's always on his iPod:

Justin: Usher, Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder.

Austin: Justin Bieber (natch!), Drake, Chris Brown.

Like, OMG moment:

Justin: Named by Forbes in 2012 as the third most powerful celeb in the world.

Austin: Opened in May 2012 at the Q102 Springle Ball for Adam Lambert, the Wanted, Hot Chelle Rae and Carly Rae Jepsen.

Up next:

Justin: World domination, perhaps?

Austin: Continuing to gig around the country, plus several shows in other countries.

You decide:

Photo credits: Dan Jackman./ (left), C.M. Wiggins/ (right)


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Comments on "Justin Bieber vs. Austin Mahone: Who's the hotter heartthrob?"

SEDRA March 24, 2014 | 9:06 AM

If u plz stop hating on both no body is better then the other but I say that I love Austin Justin also But Austin is better then justin I am sorry justin but I am saying the real

Lilah March 19, 2014 | 4:24 PM

JUSTIN All the way!! he's too perfect-Belieber Austin is a very talented single but Justin is always my number 1

john March 01, 2014 | 6:53 AM

This poll which began before they were born will end when they reach 65 years of age. My choice Bieber but Austin is a good talented kid

Autumn February 20, 2014 | 5:12 PM

definition of Justin Bieber: iest human being on earth. extremely attractive and irresistible. definition of Austin mahpoop: wimp,wannabe, unoriginal,ugly im sorry I meant fugly asf.

Selena February 20, 2014 | 5:09 PM

Justin is freaking irresistibly y! like id tap that! Mahone is a freaking wimp with no originality, so really he should burn that shirt in the first picture.

miss.bieber January 30, 2014 | 5:19 PM

JUSTIN BIEBER ALL THE WAY austin mahone is ugly as hell he is COPING. JUSTIN. Once a beliber always beliber ????:D

Mahomie and Belieber January 12, 2014 | 11:08 AM

Stop hate on Austin And Justin they have feelings too so Plz stop

Angel January 07, 2014 | 1:43 PM

Okay austin is better but y'all don't need to be hating on austin but justin Bieber has been doing this for five years and austin has been in his carreer for two years so For austin to be this big already is good

charlovebieber January 07, 2014 | 9:49 AM

Been a belieber since 2009 so I'm going to say Justin is hotter than Austin xxx

Saline January 06, 2014 | 3:06 PM

Im a belieber since justin was found by scooter i really love him and im a proud belieber for ever sooo JUSTIN is 10000000% the hottest

Ava January 06, 2014 | 1:29 PM

Justin forever

Cassie January 06, 2014 | 12:39 PM

Justin will always be better. He's like Nutella and Austin is the Aldis brand ????

Yashfa January 06, 2014 | 11:24 AM

Justin is the best. I like Austin But i love Justin.. he's my idol..i'll die for justin. Justin is the best

ivan January 05, 2014 | 8:55 AM

This poll is meaningless. Only 15 thousand votes in 2 years? Most fans of Justin Bieber or Austin don't even know about it and definitely Justin would be ahead since he has much larger number of fans;that said I like both.

Paeng January 01, 2014 | 7:30 PM

Justin's just lil bit hotter

Belieber 2.0 December 27, 2013 | 12:43 PM

Austin sucks

Edwin December 27, 2013 | 10:40 AM

Austin is still upcoming and u guys should stop comparing them a lot they are both unique but either way JUSTIN !!! P.s, no one knows about this poll

alexis December 26, 2013 | 4:44 PM

Austin mahone is hot!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

jazzash December 16, 2013 | 8:17 PM

of course its always austin mahone

RokkNinja November 10, 2013 | 8:38 PM

Lets clear all this confusion up, k? First their was Justin Timberlake. . . Then Jesse Mccartney. . . Then Justin Bieber. . . Now Austin Mahone. If anything their all copying the first guy -which probably goes further back then Timberlake, but I wasn't born yet to know [96's baby] Just be like me and love them all. Still, Mahone hasn't been giving me any reasons to appriciate him yet =/. Srry Mahomies

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