Perez Hilton, "American Idol" creator Simon Fuller and tour director Jamie King are making sure the guys they choose for their online contest, "The Boy Band for the Next Generation!," aren't just any run-of-the-mill guys — they have to have it all. They must know how to dance and they must know how to sing — in fact, they will accept nothing less than a new crop of Justin Timberlakes to fill all the spots.
"Ours will hopefully be better than all other boy bands before because we want five Justin Timberlakes," Hilton told MTV News. "We want them all to be able to sing, all strong vocalists. We want them all to be able to dance, and we don't want any Joey Fatones — just five Justin Timberlakes."
So where did the idea of resurrecting the boy band come from? "Well, it happened very organically — I was at a gay bar with Jamie King," Hilton explained. "We were lamenting that there were not great relevant boy bands anymore and how we missed the days of 'NSYNC and Backstreet Boys and we were saying that now is the time for a boy-band renaissance. Let's cast the next great boy band."
Currently, the contest is online-only and Perez is quick to point out that it's not a television show. "A lot of people think that it's a TV show," he said. "There's not a TV-show component in this. It's all about the music and that really is the #1 priority after we find the boys. No boy band has released really great music [since 'NSYNC], so if we get the boys right, and the music right it's going to be a guaranteed hit."
With all this in mind, Hilton rated his favorite boy bands — future boy-banders take note, as this is what you need to live up to. "My favorite boy band of all time is probably 'NSYNC. Second is the Beatles — they were a boy band back in the day. And third would be New Kids on the Block," he said, adding, "With honorable mentions to the Backstreet Boys and the Jonas Brothers."
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