Picks and Pans Review: Sounds Off

updated 03/07/2005 at 01:00 AM EST

originally published 03/07/2005 01:00AM

Jesse McCartney Pop heartthrob Jesse McCartney, 17, is sitting pretty thanks to the hit title song from his solo debut, Beautiful Soul. He also costars on the WB drama Summerland, back for its second season Feb. 28.

ON IF HE WILL SING ON SUMMERLAND My character, Bradin Westerly, won't be singing at all. I think that if he heard Jesse McCartney's music, he would probably rag on him. Bradin is a surfer who likes rock and is punk.

ON BEING IN THE BOY BAND DREAM STREET It was definitely hard knowing that every guy your age was ready to kill you. But on the other side, every girl my age was throwing herself at us.

ON COMPARISONS TO JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE It's pretty cool. I love Justin. I love his music. I love the way he so easily moved into his solo career from being in 'N Sync. He pulled it off well. He's an awesome performer.

ON FINDING SOMEONE WITH A "BEAUTIFUL SOUL"

I think guys are definitely looking for someone with something special. It's very easy to get someone hot, but not as easy to find someone who's cool.—MARGI BLASH

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