MTV's Battle of the Boy Bands is officially under way! On Monday (April 23), we opened first-round voting in our interactive bracket competition, where 32 bands, spanning all generations, will face off.
The fans determine who'll continue, who gets eliminated and, eventually who earns the title of [article id="1683534"]Greatest Boy Band of All Time[/article]. So start voting now to make sure your favorite group advances to round two and beyond. And the bands aren't just going to stand by while you vote — they're already campaigning for your support as the the Wanted did in their hilarious video. Voting in round one closes on Thursday at noon ET. The tourney is sure to heat up before the winner is announced on May 7.
All right, it's time to reveal our list of the 32 competing boy bands. Read on as we break down a few key matchups in the first round of competition and sound off on our list on Twitter using the hashtag #BBB!
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Backstreet Boys vs. Westlife: This will likely be an interesting first-round matchup since these two bands have one thing in particular on their side: longevity. Both groups have been around since the late 1990s, and while Westlife called it quits in 2011, the Backstreet Boys are still going strong, currently on a European tour with fellow boy-banders and tournament finalists, New Kids on the Block. Of course, BSB had worldwide success. Their 1999 album, Millennium, sold more 1 million copies in its first week. And Westlife, originally signed by Simon Cowell, had a hit song in the U.S, "Swear It Again," and ruled the U.K. charts with 14 #1 singles. Here's a fun fact: Westlife's first big break came in 1998 when they opened for the Backstreet Boys at a concert in Dublin.
'NSYNC vs. 5ive: Yes, both of these groups consisted of five members, but they actually have more in common than that. In 1998, 5ive embarked on a U.S tour with 'NSYNC, but soon after, left the tour due to exhaustion. Interestingly, both bands notably decided to call it quits at the peak time of their success. In 2001, 5ive had just released their third album when the lead single, "Let's Dance," became their third #1 in the U.K. They soon announced they were calling it a day. Similarly, in 2002, after 'NSYNC's second album, No Strings Attached became the best-selling album of the decade, the group released Celebrity, which gave the group three #1 singles. After a tour in support of their third album, they decided to go on a permanent break.
The Wanted vs. [artist id="4774"]Color Me Badd[/artist]: It's not only old versus new in this matchup, it's pop versus R&B. British boy band the Wanted have had much success overseas and recently found fame Stateside with their hit single "Glad You Came." The group's first U.S. EP hits stores on Tuesday and they just released their [article id="1683240"]next track, "Chasing the Sun."[/article] But don't count out Color Me Badd: Much like The Wanted, this group had success early on in their career. From 1991 to 1992, the group had five hit singles off their debut album, including the smash hit "I Wanna Sex You Up."
This could be an exciting matchup since the two bands were assembled by two of the most influential minds in music: Simon Cowell and Diddy. British boy band One Direction got their start on the U.K. version of the "X Factor" and quickly took off from there. In March, their debut album, Up All Night, debuted at #1, the first time a [article id="1681495"]U.K. group did so with a debut album[/article] . Day 26 also got their start on a television show, MTV's "Making the Band 4." In 2008, one year after their formation, the group released their self-titled album on Diddy's Bad Boy records; it debuted at #1 on the Billboard album chart.
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Voting is under way in round one of MTV's Battle of the Boy Bands and closes at noon ET on Thursday, April 26. Winners are determined by fan ballots, so if your favorite band made the cut, keep voting. Tune in to AMTV and MTV Hits daily for boy-band video takeovers. And don't forget to spread the word on Twitter using the hashtag #BBB and like us on Facebook for updates!