Some members of some very popular boy bands from the 80s, 90s and early 2000s gathered to celebrate the holiday and sing some Christmas songs. Two members of NSYNC, three members of 98 Degrees, one member from O-Town, two members of Boyz II Men, New Edition and Joey McIntyre from New Kids on the Block all got together to celebrate their times in a boy band as well as to bring Christmas cheer. The special also featured appearances from Nick Lachey of 98 Degrees, Lance Bass of NSYNC and Mel C. from the Spice Girls, even though none of them sang.
I’ll be the first to admit that boy bands aren’t my style of music. I took my wife to a Boyz II Men, Paula Abdul and New Kids on the Block show at Fenway Park a few years ago, and I really wasn’t into the music. But, they put on an entertaining show overall, and these guys continue the trend here. I recognized a lot of the Christmas songs they sung, even the ones that they put on their own Christmas albums, but they were honestly some of my least favorite versions of the classic songs. They were sung well, but they weren’t for me.
Despite the music not being for me, I have to wonder if fans of these acts were disappointed that some more popular members of the bands didn’t appear. While Lance Bass called in to the show and Justin Timberlake is such a big star that he would’ve easily overshadowed everyone, I’ve got to wonder why JC Chasez didn’t join Joey Fatone and Chris Kirkpatrick in some way. The biggest individual star of this special was either Bobby Brown or Joey McIntyre. It was great seeing Bobby Brown with New Edition again, but why couldn’t other boy band members show up for their collective groups. I assume it’s something to do with scheduling, but I think the fans would’ve liked to have them there.
I’m never going to pretend this is my style of music, but I’m also not going to pretend these guys aren’t talented artists. They all did a wonderful job singing the songs. They have a place in pop culture history and I know a lot of women, and some men, were excited to see these guys together. It was a good, festive special that hit its target audience well.
Rating: 3 stars out of 5
What did you think of “A Very Boy Band Holiday?”