EW.com reports that Springfield, setting of The Simpsons since 1989, will soon have a tourist visiting from up north: none other than Canadian pop icon Justin Bieber.
Al Jean, Exec Producer for 'The Simpsons,' confirmed that the 18-year old superstar has recorded a voice cameo for an upcoming episode entitled "The Fabulous Faker Boy," where Bieber and Bart Simpson both try to enter a talent contest. Undoubtedly, hijinx will ensue. Bieber posted "just did a voice over for the SIMPSONS!!! #swaggy" on his wildly popular twitter account earlier today, however the tweet has since been deleted.
Bieber's appearance will mark the latest appearance by a celebrity from the Great White North, adding to a decades-long infatuation between The Simpsons and my home country. Other notable Canadians to appear on the animated series include Tommy Chong (of Cheech & Chong), Cory Monteith (of 'Glee' fame), 'Juno's Ellen Page, and architect Frank Gehry--just to name a few. Along with appearances by celebrity canucks, 'The Simpsons' rarely misses an opportunity to poke fun at "America's Hat," leading this writer to speculate whether or not Bieber's Maple-Leaf roots will be mentioned during the cameo appearance.
Regardless, given that Bieber has recorded the voice-work himself, we can reasonably expect the fate of his yellow-skinned counterpart to be rosier than that of the Justin Bieber that appeared on South Park...
The episode is slated to air in 2013 as part of the 24th season, which kicks off Sept. 30 on Fox.
(Left: Justin Bieber on 'South Park,' moments before being horribly killed by The Great Old One, Cthulhu)