A lot has changed for the children of the '90s since our Trapper Keeper toting days. Most of us are in our 20s or early 30s. We may be married, starting our anti-aging battles against gray hairs and facial lines, or even have kids of our own. And like us, pop culture has changed. No longer do we tape our favorite shows on a VHS cassette and turn on the radio to hear our beloved Britneys, Christinas, and boy bands. Until now. Prepare yourself for nostalgia overload, as some of our favorite ‘90s boy bands are poised for a major comeback.
This summer, the kids within us will be reawakened as a major boy band summer tour featuring New Kids on the Block, 98 Degrees, and Boyz II Men kicks into full gear. And in celebration of this epic event, it’s time to put the former boy bands to the test. Jeff Timmons of 98 Degrees judges the ultimate boy band death match. Who will hold the spotlight in this faceoff?
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The Boy Band Death Match Begins:
Round One: The Dance-Off
Winner: ‘N Sync. “‘N Sync would kill us all,” Timmons tells Hollywood.com. “Those guys are the dancing troop. They are amazing.”
Round Two: The Fistfight
Winner: 98 Degrees. “That’s us, easily,” Timmons says. “We are a bunch of brawlers. We’re Ohio guys, blue-collar guys, all sports guys that ended up doing music, not music guys that went into sports. So, we would win a fistfight easily.” And Timmons thinks that New Kids on the Block would be their fiercest competition. “The Boston guys are pretty scrappy,” he says. “They might give us a run for our money.”
Round Three: The Jeopardy Test of Wits
Winners: 98 Degrees or NKOTB. “It would be a toss-up between us and the New Kids,” Timmons says. “The Lache brothers are pretty cerebral —those guys are pretty smart — so we might be pretty good. Although the New Kids [have] Donnie Wahlberg [and] he’s pretty quick-witted. He sounds pretty educated.”
Round Four: The Fashion Face-off
Winner: Boyz II Men. “They are always pretty savvy with fashion,” Timmons says. “They would win. 'N Sync does a little more of space age, kind of out there, funky style. And we’re always kind of conservative. Boyz II Men are the most fashion [forward] looking group out of everybody.”
Round Five: The Shirts-Off Contest:
Winner: New Kids on the Block. “The New Kids are in pretty good shape,” Timmons says.
Round Six: The Sing-off
Winner: Boyz II Men. “Boyz II Men wins that hands down,” Timmons says. “It’s not even a competition when it comes to live singing. We can kind of hold a candle to them, but Boyz II Men is amazing. They sound just like a record in person. We’re pretty good with the harmonies and everything, but, no question about it, Boyz II Men are high above anybody else.”
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New Album and Tour
Timmons may list his competitors as winners in the boy band death match, but in real life, 98 Degrees may be coming out on top this year. They've got a new album in the works and a hot summer tour lined up.
While a release date has yet to be set for the new album, the boys (or men, now) have already returned to the studio to start recording. Timmons tells us that the album will be all new tracks and will incorporate “some new sounds.” “We’re R&B guys at heart, so it’s going to have some R&B flavor to it,” he says. “[And back in the ‘90s,] primarily, we were known as balladeers; [We’d] sing slow songs. Nowadays, it’s all up-tempo songs on the radio, so we’re trying to see how we fit in that.”
Timmons is hoping that one song in particular makes the cut for the new album. “It’s called ‘Microphone,’ and I actually hope it is the first single," he says. “It’s pretty kick ass. It’s definitely radio friendly and a big hit." Timmons feels that the single really shows off his band’s talents. “We all sound great on it,” he says. “The production is amazing, the writers are cool, [and the] song is pretty killer.”
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But don’t worry, 98 Degree fans, the band will be bringing back some of their more popular tunes when they hit the road this summer with Boyz II Men and NKOTB. And concert-goers will get a good taste of all of the bands’ flavors. According to Timmons, 98 Degrees and Boyz II Men will each perform a 40-minute set before New Kids takes to the stage for their headlining act.
If a medley of throwback jams isn't enough to entice you, maybe the possibility of some '90s fashion will be. Timmons tells us he will never say never to breaking out some of the band’s old school costumes to liven up their performances. “It might be cool! It might be something we do... but I don’t know. Everybody nowadays is too cool for school to maybe take that risk,” he says. “We had silver jumpsuits at one point. We can just rock that sh*t and then see what everybody does.”
But all joking aside, the summer tour holds a special place in Timmons’ heart, as it was Boyz II Men who helped inspire Timmons and his band to break into music. “I was singing their songs in the shower in college,” he says.
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98 Degrees even crashed a concert to get Boyz II Men’s attention. “We were like, ‘Okay, Boyz II Men got discovered singing backstage at a concert,’” Timmons says. “'We’re going to go to their concert and do the same thing.' We bought tickets to the show, went to the show, sang our way backstage, and got on the radio,” he says. “Then we got discovered back there and we ended up getting signed to Motown just like Boyz II Men did.”
Because of their history, 98 Degrees is excited to take the stage with Boyz II Men, and they're thrilled to be touring with NKOTB as well. “New Kids on the Block, despite what people say about them, sold more records than any of us,” Timmons says. “They had a tremendous amount of success. They are great guys and they are talented. To be on a bill with both of those legendary acts, I’ve got to pinch myself. I’m lucky to be here."
“We’re all just lucky to be in the business still after this many years and having the opportunity to go on tour,” Timmons adds.
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So, now that Michael Bay has dropped Megan Fox for the third Transformers movie, the director is looking for a new pretty face. Paramount began production last week, but Bay apparently still has one week to choose Shia LaBeouf's new love interest. Bay, being the thoughtful and generous man that he is, is looking to hire a fresh face for the movie, much as Fox was for the first Transformers. Obviously, Fox set the bar pretty high with the first two Transformers movies (cough), so without further ado, lets take a look at Bay's shortlist and help the gentlemanly director narrow down his options, shall we?
Brooklyn Decker, a.k.a. "The Tits"
Bio: The 2003 model of the year is best known for her appearance on this year's cover of Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition and her marriage to tennis player Andy Roddick. She's had random appearances in music videos and guest spots on Ugly Betty and Chuck, among other illustrious programs.
We say: Brooklyn's IMDB page doesn't show up on a Google search until you get to the ... no screw it, I'm on the 11th page and I haven't found it yet. C'mon, Mike. Stop thinking with your dick for one second. Transformers 3 is going to suck if you cast a girl who has barely acted. On the other hand, those pictures.
Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, a.k.a. "The Legs" Bio: Huntington-Whiteley is an English model who has worked for Victoria's Secret since 2006. She was voted "Person Most Likely to Become a Supermodel" in her High School (or whatever they have in England) yearbook, and has been dating actor Jason Statham since April. Measurements: 86-63-89 cm. Ugh, I hate the metric system.That's 34-25-35 for you non-metric types. We Say: Although Rosie is supposedly Bay's front-runner after she "read for him" last Friday, she really doesn't have an IMDB. Seriously, check it. Never mind, I'll save you the trouble. She's appeared in four Victoria's Secret Fashion Shows and in one episode of Britain's Next Top Model. Hmmm, Rosie really must have blown Bay away with that reading.
Sarah Wright, a.k.a. "The Face" Bio: With roles such as "Sexy Blonde" in Made of Honor and appearances in such diverse fare as Malcolm in the Middle and How I Met Your Mother, Wright is the consummate professional of these three. Her IMDB has her in twenty roles stretching all the way back to '98. Could a breakout role in Transformers 3 push that number up to twenty-one? Measurements: 34B-24-34 We say: Sarah's got the best acting credentials of the girls, and looks like she could be the test-tube spawn of Jennifer Garner and Jessica Simpson! Pick her, Mike!
WINNER: OK, So, Sarah's no Eva Green. But she's still leagues beyond Brooklyn and Rosie in terms of acting experience. While it's possible that the other girls may turn out to be natural acting talents, it seems like a pretty big risk for Michael Bay to bypass Sarah as Shia's next piece of eye candy. And I think that Brooklyn and Rosie are going to look far too much like Transformersmodels for audiences to believe that they're bumming around with Shia and his toy robots. I mean, there's suspension of disbelief, but, c'mon. Sarah, on the other hand, has a more believable, girl-next-door vibe to her. She even reminds me of Megan Fox, albeit blonde and without the weird alien thumbs. Source: Deadline