Justin Eldrin Bell, also known as Justin Guarini, was born on 28th October 1978, in Columbus, Georgia USA, of Italian and African-American descent. He is a musician, an actor and a producer, who became famous in 2002, when he participated in the first season of the television show “American Idol”.
So just how rich is Justin Guarini? Sources estimate that Justin’s net worth is $500,000, money made in the entertainment industry. Media wrote about the actor’s possible financial problems in 2013, but it seems the entire scandal started from a misunderstanding of Justin’s statements. The musician makes money from album sales, Broadway performances, and appearances in television shows and short movies. Justin Guarini has an endorsement deal with Dr. Pepper and filmed a commercial for Diet Dr. Pepper in 2015. He also owns a production company, called Justice Entertainment, Ltd.
Justin Guarini Net Worth $500,000
Justin started singing when he was four, in the Atlanta Boys Choir. During his school years, Justin sang in several school choirs and, between 1996 and 2000, he was the lead singer in the a cappella group The Midnight Voices. In 2000, Justin Guarini graduated from the University of the Arts, Philadelphia. He also attended the School for Film & Television, in New York City.
In 2002, Justin Guarini became one of the participants in the television show “American Idol”, in which he lost the title to Kelly Clarkson. Even if he didn’t win, he was signed by 19 Management and had a deal with RCA Records. His first self-titled album was released in 2003, and sold 146,000 copies. In the same year, Justin was cast in the film “From Justin to Kelly”, a musical comedy which is considered one of the worst musicals ever made. In 2005, the musician released a second album called “Stranger Things Have Happened” using his own production company. Which contained jazz music, and was followed by another recorded material, an acoustic EP. His net worth was beginning to rise.
In 2007, Justin Guarini became a permanent co-host for the television shows “Idol Wrap” and “Idol Tonight”, broadcast by TV Guide Network. He had small roles in television series and short movies, such as “Run of the House”, “Fast Girl”, “Wizards of Waverly Place”, and “Romeo and Juliet”. He also appeared in the Disney show “Wizards of Waverly Place”. Things were looking up for his net worth.
Justin’s Broadway debut occurred in 2011, when he played the role of Carlos, in the play “Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown”. He has been involved in numerous Broadway shows ever since: he performed in “American Idiot”, “Superfly the Musical”, “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat”, “Wicked”, and “It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play”. He also plays at the Dallas Theatre Center, The Media Theatre of Performing Arts in Philadelphia, and the Bucks County Playhouse. These appearances all added to his net worth.
In his personal life, Justin Guarini married Reina Capodici, his hometown sweetheart, in 2009. The couple has two children. Justin also has a step-daughter, his wife`s daughter from a previous relationship. Justin helps raising funds for charity, working with organizations like the Children’s World Organization, Habitat for Humanity and the Foundation for Global Harmony. The musician is also a spokesman of Support Music Education.
Justin is the voice and CGI mini-character for "Lil Sweet", the animated logo for Diet Dr. Pepper. His unique clothes are blinging; he is a fair-skinned African American; he sings in a wicked falsetto; and his hair is purple, all to remind the viewer of 'Prince (I)'. After the death of Prince in April 2016, many accused Dr. Pepper of being disrespectful. However, Dr. Pepper claimed it was not imitating Prince. First of all, they argued, His Purple Majesty would never dye his hair purple and his facial hair and hair-do were over the top. Nonetheless, after Prince died, the commercial now states, like in a video, "Justin Guarini as Lil Sweet".
March, 2015: Performing as Lil' Sweet, the advertising mascot for Diet Dr. Pepper.
Returned from a USO Tour in Afghanistan/Qatar in August 2008.
Performed at a benefit for Education Through Music-Los Angeles 4th Annual Benefit Gala with Johnny Mathis and jazz notables at Catalina Jazz Club in Hollywood in summer of 2010.
Justin got his first Broadway role as "Carlos" in the Broadway musical, "Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown" in August 2010 and fans were happy to see the quote by the casting director that he'd had no idea Justin was from "American Idol".
Resprised his role as "Drake" in "Ghost Brothers of Darkland County" - in the Stephen King, John Mellencamp, T-Bone Burnett workshop of the musical in New York City in August 2009.
In April 2010 Justin began auditioning for Broadway roles.
In August 2009 Justin reprised his role as "Priest" in Bill T. Jones' "Superfly the Musical" in NYC.
Justin is featured in the ongoing welcome video "Disney's American Idol Experience" at Disney World.
He and wife Reina welcomed a 2nd son named Asher Orion Guarini born on February 25, 2013.
He and wife Reina welcomed a baby boy named William Neko Bell Guarini, around 6:30am on Tuesday April 26, 2011.
Justin and his wife Reina have known each other since attending high school in Doylestown, PA. Although she was fifteen when they first met, they did not begin a relationship until 2007. Reina's mother was Justin's English teacher in high school.
Justin proposed to his wife in December, 2008. He was at Disney's Epcot Center filming "hosting clips" for the "American Idol Experience" ride. After the show, he proposed to Reina in a little private grotto right after a fireworks show.
Justin's wife, Reina, is Syrian and Italian, while Justin is African American and Italian.
Justin is proud to be a step-parent to his wife's daughter Lola, who was born in 2005.
From TV Guide (Dec. 18, 2005): "Dancing With The Stars": "Dancing's finale scores the biggest audience for a summer show since the Justin and Kelly matchup on Idol".
Performed with the Acapella group, Midnight Voices during high school.
His first group was the Atlanta Boys Choir.
Attended the School for Film and TV in New York City, New York.
Attended the University of Arts in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Job at ADT Security Systems in youth.
Began singing at age 4.
Before he was a singer, he worked at Cutting Edge Entertainment, specializing in singers, entertainers, weddings, bar mitzvahs and other gatherings.
Smooth, soulful voice and big, curly hair [cut in 2010 for auditions]
I have a love-hate relationship with the media. I love 'em, and they love to hate me.
American Idol did wonders for my career, but it was also extremely damaging for my life.
Success is like a high-rise building I'm on the first floor. There are a lot of people in the basement or the parking lot but I was lucky enough to have made it to the first floor and I'm looking to make it to the penthouse.
Let them laugh at you, their joy will turn to ashes in their mouths. Let them talk, their scorn will be the ink with which you write.
I'd be completely lost without music, and bursting with emotions that I couldn't comprehend or control.
I've traveled all over the world but I found the woman I love right in my own backyard
I can see the light at the end of the tunnel. Hopefully it's salvation, not a train coming at me.
A child's day is too often filled with mind-numbing facts solely designed for the next high-stake test, and not life application. An arts education is imperative to our children's growth and well being, and is proved to have a direct and positive effect on all other forms of reasoning.
[on his ethnic background] Half-Italian, half-African-American, and English and Irish thrown in there somewhere.