They say that “April showers bring May flowers”, but they also bring wet t-shirts, slippery and sexy kisses, and glistening hard bodies. Anyone who is already hot is made instantly hotter with a downpour of sex appeal. So get ready, it’s raining men and women and Backstreet Boys–and everyone’s going to wind up wet.
Is there anything in the world more beautiful than a boy band? The gel-heavy hairdos. The choreographed moves. The matching outfits (so often suits, so often made of leather). The cuddly, goofy photo ops. Being in a boy band isn’t just a job, it’s an art form. As someone who once cried in the middle of 40,000 screaming girls when Donnie Wahlberg sang “Cover Girl,” seeing them perform live can be a life-changing experience. (NKOTB 4ever.)
Our friends over at MTV are honoring this special species of man music with their Battle of the Boy Bands, and the final round of voting begins today. In honor of the competition we’ve selected the best photos of the best boy bands of the past 20 years for you to swoon/LOL/and get nostalgic over. Be sure to view the pics while listening to our boy band playlist, featuring some of our favorite boy band jams.
The teenager within us is having a fit right about now. Our crush from the Backstreet Boys, from way back when, A.J. McLean got married to his very pretty longtime girlfriend Rochelle Kandis on Saturday night. The ceremony took place at the Beverly Hills Hotel and celebrity guests in attendance were his Backstreet bandmates, Kevin Richardson, Howie Dorough and Nick Carter, Kathy Griffin and New Kids on the Block singer Joey McIntyre. Which is like a late ’80′s-’90′s smorgasbord of boyband goodness. A.J and Rochelle have been engaged for two years, every since the singer proposed at one of his shows. Congratulations, guys!
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It was a battle that spanned 61 countries and kept you awake and refreshing at all hours of the day and night. But now, fans of Hanson, NKOTB and Backstreet Boys, your hard work is done. By the time polls closed at 9 a.m. ET, Hanson was clearly the winner of this weekÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Hotness. The count was 8,009 to 6,321, and those NKOTBSB loyalists put up a good fight, evening the tally at more than a few moments in the past three days. And we have good news for all of you: There IS enough room in this world for more than one all-grown-up boy band from the ’90s!
And at last, Hansonites, you can ice your mouse-clicking fingers and rest those wrists … right after you watch this online-exclusive video of the guys perform Ã¢â‚¬Å“MMMBopÃ¢â‚¬Â in the Big Morning Buzz Live studio and flip through a gallery of them singing their thanks to you for proving their everlasting Hotness.
There are so many fluorescent colors, baggy sweaters, flannel and wild floral patterns out there these days, sometimes we wonder if we passed out and woke up in a ’90s time-travel movie. Thankfully, it’s just time for all those unflattering fashions to cycle back into the mix. But the die-hard fans of this week’s hotness competitors will tell you that Hanson, New Kids on the Block and the Backstreet Boys never went out of style.
Whether it’s due to nostalgia or a new body of work, Hanson and supergroup NKOTBSB are still drawing flocks of ladies to their shows. (For Hanson’s show at New York’s Best Buy Theater yesterday, following their appearance on Big Morning Buzz Live, there were fans lined up around the block.) What we’re really wondering, however, is which all-grown-up boy band has the fan power and smoldering looks to be This Week’s Hotness?
Peruse the gallery while humming your fave ’90s hit and vote! Polls close at 9 a.m. ET on Friday.
Here’s one New Year’s resolution AJ McLean forgot to mention to Ryan Seacrest. The Backstreet Boys singer has shipped off to rehab in advance of the upcoming BB/NKOTB summer tour. He hasn’t been coy to fans about his plans, though, tweeting “Its gonna be a great year! I love u all and wish me luck! I start my sober journey tomm! Ttfn!” last weekend.
According to TMZ, the singer has been “out of control” of late, but he doesn’t want it to get in the way of his summer paycheck. This change in lifestyle isn’t 100%, however—McLean is still engaged to Rachel Karidis, whom he proposed to during last year’s AVN Expo. The sober Backstreet Boy can still be the freaky Backstreet Boy!
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Were there any surprises with the winners at the 2010 American Music Awards? Nope. Justin Bieber made a killing sweeping favorite breakthrough artist, favorite artist of the year and favorite pop/rock artist. Taylor Swift won favorite female country artist. Cue Taylor’s surprise-face now, please. Rihanna got favorite soul/RnB artist, while The Black Eyed Peas got favorite pop/rock group. In other words… Duh.
But AMA fashion didn’t disappoint, and nor did the stage performances. Rihanna started off demure but went totally raunchy with a medley of What’s My Name and Only Girl in the World. Christina Aguilera dominated the stage in a black basque, black fishnet tights and high heeled black lace up boots channeling her new movie Burlesque. Katy Perry lit up the stage singing Firework and a pregnant Pink shook it to Raise your Glass. That’s just a small fraction because there was so much more. Miley Cyrus, Ke$ha, Usher, The Biebs, Taylor and (Squee!) our hearts are still palpitating from watching New Kids On The Block and the Backstreet Boys on stage together.
Can’t get enough? Relive the moments with our gallery of performance shots below. [Photo: Getty Images]
Time to start squeeing, ladies (and many gents)! Get yourselves (and your libidos) ready for this one. New Kids on the Block and the Backstreet Boys are going on tour – TOGETHER. It’s like our old teenage self is going into hormonal overdrive. Can’t. Breathe. Apparently, we have to thank Live Nation Entertainment for this boyband extravganza-bonanza, although they’re staying silent on this alleged hormone implosion for now. Yet insiders reckon that this glorious union might make it onstage by March 2011.
A source revealed, “The idea is to recreate the boy band phenomenon. It will be the ultimate ladies’ night out.” What do you mean “recreate” the boy band phenomenon? In our minds, it never went away! How AWESOME was it when the Backstreet Boys sang with the New Kids on “I Want It That Way”?
And there’s even BETTER news. The buzz is that they’re looking for a third boy band to join, and Boyz II Men might just be the ones. Can you handle it? CAN YOU HANDLE IT? Umm, clearly, we can’t.
In our inaugural Save Justin Bieber Wednesdays piece featuring the Backstreet Boys, TheFABlife reader Krissie commented that Justin’s doing fine and doesn’t need saving. Well, Krissie, we only half agree with you . Yes, Justin’s handling fame well. But, Krissie, it’s all about the odds! How many have reached superstardom at an early age only to crash and burn later? So think of our campaign as a preemptive strike against a future that could hold a cycle of drugs and rehab and general craziness.
Speaking of drugs and craziness, Hanson has some hilarious advice for Justin Bieber this week. Hint: It has to do with methamphetamines.
If you have your own advice for Justin Bieber, leave it in the comments section of this post along with your name. We may read advice from readers on video next Wednesday.
Justin Bieber has a voice like an angel, a swoon-inducing side-swoop of hair, a major record label and some of the most dedicated fans in the world — not to mention Bieber’s BFF is Kim Kardashian. (Admit it, what 16 year old boy doesn’t want an older vixen showing him the ropes?)
You might think he has it all. But think again. What do Lindsay Lohan, Britney Spears, Danny Bonaduce, Gary Coleman and Todd Bridges have in common? Look, it’s hard to stay relevant and level-headed for any big celebrity. Now add uber-fame to a teenager — and it’s hard just to stay out of the mental ward! Justin Bieber, dear friends, is in danger, and we can already see the leeches and sharks closing in on his newbie flesh.
Enter our weekly advice column: Save Justin Bieber Wednesdays, featuring advice from at least one celebrity every week as well as regular fans. First up: The Backstreet Boys, a group that knows a thing or two about surviving fame at an early age. If you have your own advice for Justin Bieber, leave it in the comments section of this post. We will read some of your advice on video starting next Wednesday.