Boy band fans and '90s nostalgia enthusiasts everywhere, get ready for a blast from the past. By now, you've probably heard that Nick Carter will be competing on this season of Dancing With the Stars. But you might not have heard the story behind why the Backstreet Boy ultimately signed on. It involved a heart-to-heart with a former musical rival! Yep, Nick Carter asked an *NSYNC member for advice about joining the show.
See, DWTS had been tapping Carter for quite some time to join the series — about four or five years, actually. But before committing to the show, the 35-year-old wanted to get the inside scoop from another boy bander. Joey Fatone of *NSYNC competed on the show twice, so he knew all the ins and outs about the series. Though Fatone didn't win either run, he did place in second during one of the seasons, which obviously isn't too shabby.
And as it turned out, Fatone ended up being one of the reasons why Carter signed on. The "Everybody" singer dished to ET Online,
Joey was one of the inspirations because I spoke to him about it and I'm like, "You know I'm really pondering and considering this idea of doing Dancing With the Stars. What do you think?" And he's like, "You need to do it." He said, "I loved it. It was a great experience."
And their conversation didn't stop there! As it turns out, they had quite a bit to learn from each other.
Carter told ET that he and Fatone practiced dancing together before he officially became a contestant. "We would go through like some dance moves. A little bit of the cha-cha," Carter said. "[Joey] is a great dancer as well, so it really encouraged me to have him support me as well." What a thoughtful way for Fatone to show some solidarity, and an appropriate way at that.
*NSYNC was known just as much for their teenage squeal-inducing dance moves as they were for their ridiculously catchy tunes like "Bye Bye Bye," and Backstreet Boys were famous for the same reasons. But of course, back at the height of their popularity, they certainly were not collaborating or trading dance moves because they were rivals. It is cool to see them now, as mature, non-boy band singing adult bonding over something that draws on their pop star pasts.
Whether you were Team *NSYNC or Team Backstreet Boys back in the day, this is an awesome moment of nostalgia for anyone who was (or heck, still is) crazy for boy bands. And, obviously, a fantastic chance to appreciate both of these guys' dance moves.