Austin Mahone: The Next Justin Bieber?

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Austin Mahone, 17, is an exuberant young pop singer who first became popular in 2011 due to viral videos online and is starting to make it to the mainstream.

Sound familiar?

Austin Mahone Photo

It's no surprising that the baby-faced Texan has drawn the inevitable comparisons to Justin Bieber following his rise to YouTube fame in the last two years.

Austin Mahone's path is similar to that of Bieber's, and while Mahone is flattered by the comparison, he tells Today that he hopes to set himself apart.

"It's cool (to be compared to Justin Bieber), but I want people to see me as my own artist," the singer said in NYC. "I want to show them that I'm different."

Mahone's fan base is dominated by teenage females, called "mahomies. He is known to directly respond to fans with heart emoticons and smileys.

He's already caught the eye of some big names. Mahone was chosen as one of the opening acts of Taylor Swift's Red concert tour with selected dates.

Have you heard him? Do you think he's any good? Or that he's different from Justin (in a positive way)? Take a look at two of his videos below and tell us:

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Whats the point of comparing Austin and Justin for?Yeah Justin is getting trouble but that cause of the people he is hanging around.And Austin a down to earth guy!And he looks up to justin.So why keep on comparing them..Their complete different people..And living there dream.

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HECK NO JUSTIN BIEBER KINDA STILL SOUNDS LIKE A GIRL AND AUSTIN MAHONE IS MORE SEXIER AND HOTTER HE SINGS BETTER

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Austin is Bieber 2.0. Austin has Bieber bangs, wears red leather jackets and terrible sneakers, occasionally strums acoustic guitars, is being raised by a single mom and was discovered via YouTube. Dances like Bieber.

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@ Karina

nup there both great, justin has a hot voice now

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ok i dont like justin b but i still think jb is WAY better! even in looks!

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my brother looks like you

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No one is better than Bieber. He seems like some stuck up copycat trying to act like Bieber. He's not the next Justin Bieber, coz Justin is better than him by Miles!! Bieber has a huge fan base that Mahone will never get. Austin only became famous by singing Justins songs and dressing like him... Remember?

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My girls adore him he even has them listed as family on his Facebook he really does seem to sincerely care for his "Mahomies" and I would rather the girl be into him than Bieber

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Justin bieber ain't good. He dance so stiff. His body is hard. He has bad posture.

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It's really funny because Austin got famous by singing Justin's songs and acting like him...… And just because someone got discovered on YouTube and can sing good does not mean that he is the next Justin Bieber!

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He seems like a wannabe/copycatter

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