Helin Jung
December 19, 2006 AT 12:00 PM EST

Oooooooooooooooh! Juicy! Justin Timberlake has partnered with Yahoo! and the Grammys to invite the general public to audition via video to perform with him at the award show in February. Wait a minute…what’s that smell, people?

Oh, I know what it is. Smells a lot to me like American Idol, no? Yes. Which is unexpected, given what JT had to say back in August’s issue of Fashion Rocks about Idol and this year’s winner, Taylor Hicks: “He can’t carry a tune in a bucket.” It seems Justin can’t carry his Grammy tune either — not alone, anyway!

Well, he did have this to say about Idol: “I despise it, and yet I’m completely fascinated.” Translation: I’m addicted!

By the way, a word of advice to the Grammy contest winner: wear lots of layers. After all, Justin’s been known to have the occasional wardrobe-malfunction problem with his duet partners, both female and male.

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