New Kids On The Block, Jabbawockeez Rock ‘Today’ Show

Donnie Wahlberg calls boy-band/dance crew collaboration a 'no-brainer.'

They may be two decades into their career as pop’s preeminent boy band, but [artist id=”1254″]New Kids on the Block[/artist] showed the Jabbawockeez, the masked season-one winners of “America’s Best Dance Crew,” that even veterans of the music industry can still shimmy their way into the hearts of women everywhere.

Pumping out their classic “Hangin’ Tough” NKOTB shared the stage with tourmates the Jabbawockeez for their Friday (May 8) appearance on the “Today” show. It’s a collaboration that New Kid Donnie Wahlberg revealed was a long time in the making.

“We’ve actually been fans of Jabbawockeez since ’America’s Best Dance Crew,’ ” he told MTV News at the groups’ “Today” show rehearsal on Thursday. “We had explored working with the Jabbawockeez for [our first ’Today’] appearance. This is like a week after they won the finals on ’America’s Best Dance Crew.’ We couldn’t make the schedules work.”

But after some hustling, both groups finally made it happen. “We kept looking into it, and suddenly, after eight or nine months, their agents called us,” Wahlberg said. “For us it was a no-brainer. It was good mixing of [fan] exposure.”

On “Today,” the New Kids also brought out their older favorite “Call It What You Want,” as well as their newer single “Dirty Dancing.” The two groups will be hitting the road for NKOTB’s summer tour , beginning on May 15 in Miami.