Dean From ‘The Bachelorette’ Can’t Stop Channeling Justin Timberlake On Instagram — PHOTOS
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Over a decade ago, a former member of *NSYNC appeared on the cover of Rolling Stone in a wet shirt, the drenched cotton clinging to his arms and torso. It's a very good cover. And thanks to a photo that ABC released earlier this week, my brain is now stuck on that JT Rolling Stone cover like a sopping tee on a pop superstar. In the picture, Bachelor in Paradise star Dean Unglert stands in a body of water, his shirt as soaked as it is fitted. All of this leads to a pressing question: Is Dean from The Bachelorette intentionally channeling Justin Timberlake, or is this nothing more than a happy coincidence?

No, Timberlake did not invent standing in front of a camera in a drenched top. There are many who stood in front of a camera in a drenched top before Timberlake, and there have been many since. That being said, the JT vibes of this particular photograph are strong. So much so, I felt compelled to scour the BiP contestant’s Instagram account for any other JT-esque moments. And what do you know, the vibes did not lead me astray: The drenched top pic is just one of several Unglert posts that remind me of the “Cry Me A River” singer.

Speaking of rivers, ready to hop on a raft and float down a stream that’s headed toward an embankment where I will pick up a stick and draw connections between Timberlake and Deanie Babies in the sand? Because that’s what’s about to happen. So, jockstrap in.

This “Suit & Tie” Look

Before the Men Tell All episode aired, Unglert posted a pic of this very Timberlake outfit. And so, it made the list.

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Of course, JT wasn’t the first person on the planet to put on a bow tie and a suit jacket with a contrasting lapel, but we’re only getting warmed up.

This Golf Post

Oh, Unglert likes to hit the links? Well, guess who “doesn’t just love golf, he lives it.”

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Yes, the answer rhymes with "Flustin Flimberlake."

This Charlie Chaplain Wall

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Did Unglert stick his motorbike in front of this particular backdrop simply because he thought it’d make for a highly likable Instagram post?

Or was this pic in front of the Charlie Chaplain mural a deliberate nod to Timberlake’s performance in *NSYNC’s “Gone” music video?

This Ellen DeGeneres Show Moment

Before Deanie Babies was on The Bachelorette, he appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show as Random Audience Member Dancing Next To Will Smith.

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Do you know who else has been on Ellen? Timberlake. Dude's been on the daytime talk show, like, a bajillion times. We see what you're doing, Deanie Babies.

His Instagram Handle

On the outset, the Instagram handle @deanie_babies appears to be a play on Ty Beanie Babies. .... But what if it's something else?

What if it is actually an incredibly specific reference to a certain bean-filled toy bear that happens to be clad in a T-shirt with Timberlake’s face on it?

And Finally, The Picture That Kicked Off This Journey

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Earlier this week, Unglert shared this BiP promo pic on Instagram. In 2006, this image graced newsstands:  

Like Timberlake before him, Deanie Babies smized for the camera whilst wearing a wet shirt.

Sure, each of these "parallels" may be a coincidence/a reach/farfetched/totally ridiculous. And yet, it seems like he can't stop the JT feeling. So just Dean, dance, dance.