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Justin Timberlake Planning Talent Competition For MySpace?

Man, remember when you used to be able to get famous on MySpace without a shred of recognizable talent? Oh, we recall Tila Tequila and 2006 like it was only yesterday. Now, unfortunately, it looks like people might actually have to have the ability to sing or play or otherwise demonstrate a talent to win that kind of love, if Justin Timberlake’s MySpace talent competition becomes a reality. “Whether it becomes a talent competition or something like that, those are things that we will still flesh out,” explained Johnny Wright, Timberlake’s long-time manager. “We definitely want to bring the industry back to Myspace to really look at the talented people that have put their faces there.” And as for the less talented people, well, their faces can just as easily head over to Facebook.

Justin Timberlake’s MySpace connection isn’t just a passing internet fad; he is currently a stakeholder in the social media site. Timberlake and the new management of MySpace will announce their finalized plans on August 17. Maybe this means it’s not too late to revive Friendster, only their competition show would have 12 contestants locked in a house…forced to use Friendster. That’s as far as we’ve gotten, but terrifying, right?

by (@hallekiefer)

Justin Timberlake Attempts To Make MySpace Cool Again

Now gather ’round children, for a tale of an age long ago, when MySpace was king and Facebook was just a twinkle in Mark Zuckerberg‘s Jesse-Eisenberg-looking eye. Justin Timberlake’s MySpace deal seems like an attempt at regaining that golden era, i.e. 2000-2001. Not only is the Bad Teacher star taking a stake in the company, he’s working with them to develop “its new strategy and creative direction.” In other words,  MySpace is trying to use the power of “3-Way (The Golden Rule)” to lure even one single person away from Facebook.

Why is MySpace resting its hopes on The Social Network star? Apparently the new MySpace is going to focus specifically on music. Oh, and also MySpace laid off half of its staff recently. So they probably would have taken any boybander right about now. “Art is inspired by people and vice versa, so there’s a natural social component to entertainment. I’m excited to help revitalize Myspace by using its social media platform to bring artists and fans together in one community,” Jusin said in a statement. Timberlake then quietly and discretely checked his Facebook 75 times in a row.