It’s boyband week over at Billboard.com, AKA the greatest thing ever. Every week should be boyband week. In honor of the occasion, Billboard staffers held a fantasy boyband draft, assembling their dream teams. For this week’s Friday Five, we decided to get in on the fun and do our own boyband draft and create 2 super boybands: J5 and *Big Time Boys on the Block°. The only rules were that you can’t pick 2 members from the same band. Check out our picks and vote for your favorite!
Team A: J5 (JC, Joey, James, Jeff and Jesse)
One of the greatest male vocalists, ever. He can still hit ALL the notes, and he hasn’t aged a day since “Bye Bye Bye.”
Just watch this performance from The Main Event Tour, and you’ll know why Joey is the MVP of any boyband. Those vocals. Those moves. Those abs.
We knew James was a national treasure during Big Time Rush’s run, but he further proved it in his run to the final 3 of “Dancing With The Stars.” Enjoy.
Jeff has had the most uh, interesting post-boyband career. He brings the moves for sure. Fun fact we somehow just discovered: He was part of a “man band” on VH1 called “Sureshot” with Chris Kirkpatrick, Rich Cronin and Bryan Abrams in 2007.
The most underrated former boyband member (Dreamstreet!). His last single, “Punch Drunk Recreation,” and the accompanying video (where J Mac basically leads his own boyband) have not gotten nearly enough love.
Team B: *Big Time Boys on the Block°
Nick has had his struggles in the past but he overcame them and continues to BRING IT every night on stage giving 110% during every show. He also likes to make up his own moves on stage which is always A+ in my book.
Do you watch NKOTV every week on A&E? NO?? You should. It’s the greatest night for television and you’ll see why Donnie Wahlberg is my top pick for boyband. He knows how to treat the fans, he’s great to his wife (secret fangirl: Jenny McCarthy) and his family. Plus – watch this video for further proof of A+ boybanding.
Another former boyband member who has a TV show about his own restaurant (“Raising The Bar” on A&E every Wednesday night.) Let’s face it, Nick Lachey was the best looking member of 98* and he’s been the most successful – aside from Jeff Timmons’ stripper revue.
Kendall has seamlessly transitioned into boyband member to acoustic singer-songwriter while not alienating any fans from either end of the spectrum. He’s got a good voice, and whether he wants to admit it or not – this boy can DANCE! Plus, he’s got great hair.
He appeared on Hannah Montana, dancing with the stars, various food critic reality shows, and he’s still the most underrated member of *N SYNC. Let’s not forget that Joey was also in “On The Line” with Lance.