LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Canadian teen idol Justin Bieber is turning his sights on acting, winning a guest role in the hit TV crime series "CSI", CBS television said on Thursday.
Bieber, 16, will play a troubled teen who is faced with a difficult decision regarding his only brother. The pop singer will appear in the season premiere of "CSI" in September, and then make other appearances later in the year as his storyline concludes.
"CSI" is one of the most-watched drama series on U.S. television and is widely syndicated around the world.
"CSI" producers called Bieber -- whose music video for "Baby" has a record 250 million views on YouTube -- a world phenomenon.
"We'd like to believe that the phenomenon of 'CSI' has had the same impact on popular culture. The opportunity to bring them together in the premiere is a great treat for our audience and all of its new viewers. This will be true event television," executive producers Carol Mendelsohn, Don McGill and Anthony Zuiker said in a statement.
Bieber signed a record deal at age 14 after posting home videos on YouTube and now causes mob scenes of hysterical girls wherever he goes. He is currently on tour promoting his No.1 album "My World 2.0".
Reporting by Jill Serjeant, Editing by Christine Kearney