NKOTB: The dancing is making me slightly nervous

I got my latest NKOTB.com update this morning. (I registered for the New Kids on the Block newsletter "for work," FYI, and not because I have a junior high yearbook filled with classmates wishing me a happy life with Jordan Knight.) Below is the latest video of the guys rehearsing for their May 16 Today show performance. I knew there would be dancing, and I was even looking forward to it. But while I’m totally down with them working their imaginary mic stands, watching five men — now approaching 40 — bust ‘N Sync moves (circa "Bye Bye Bye") is a little uncomfortable. We should all, of course, reserve judgment until we see them Friday, but I wanted to put you on alert. I’d say we’re at orange.

You can hear their first single, "Summertime," here. It’s forgettable, but kinda catchy. I’d put it above LFO’s "Summer Girls" but below O-Town’s "We Fit Together." (Special shout-out to my friend Eva, who not only remembered the title of that O-Town song when I IM’d her for it, but also quoted lyrics.)

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  • Chris

    OMG! I still love them like I did…twenty years ago. Ugh!

  • Oola

    Holy lord. There’s something about the editing in this that reminds me exactly of their Hangin’ Tough behind-the-scenes VHS from way back.

  • Heather

    Jonathan looks so uncomfortable. (As well he should be as the eldest.) Which, okay, I was watching for him because he’s still my favorite. But honestly, the only one that I can see dancing and not looking totally goofy is Danny. Never cared about Danny, but he *looks* like he’s still edgy enough to pull it off without looking too much like a poser. (I’m still going to the concert if they come near me.)

  • Samantha

    Why do you have to feel uncomfortable? How many times do we see Madonna dance around in videos and concerts and she’s older than they are? Gimmie a break.

  • Dorielle

    THE SECRET IS OUT! NEW KIDS ON THE BLOCK Rehearsal Performance tomorrow night at House of Blues Sunset Strip from 8-9 pm. To gain access you MUST buy a membership. There are 5 levels and you will get tickets for free if you buy a membership through me by tomorrow at 4 pm. Email dorielle.hanyecz@hob.com or call 323.848.5133

  • Zobiana

    They look great. I can’t wait to see them perform. Thanks for the article, its always nice to see a google alert with “NKOTB” on it (the more the better)

  • Stormy

    I’m 33 and they look hot to me! Finally a boyband for the more mature ladies. I will be going to their LA show ;)

  • Jackie

    Why should anyone feel uncomfortable? They all look great and still have the moves, so why not? They dance better than some guys my age (23). IDK why media acts like you expire at a certain age. It’s ridiculous and disconcerting to young adults.

  • SH

    Hey! That O-Town song was guilty pleasure-awesomeness!

  • JJ

    They look pretty rusty to me. Like five different versions of the Tin Man squeaking down the yellow brick dance floor. That said, I really hope they do well and the concert is a hit. Seriously, how uplifting would that be? Like an underdog movie.

  • Ava

    Amen to that, Samantha! And might I add, how come no one has criticized Mariah Carey for NEVER dancing? She just kinda walks around onstage but here are 5 guys, giving us their all and they get all this negative criticism for it? It’s biased, premature, and immature of self-proclaimed music critics. Clean your slate and open your minds. All that dirty buildup is making you stink.

  • Riveria

    You guys should check out the artist behnd the NKOTB. his name is Nasri and he is a young talent from Toronto, Canada. He wrote the song “click click click” , “summertime and many others. He is the reason there music is so young and popy. Check him on myspace and it will help you understand how this all begun. myspace.com/nasriworld
    check out the song ” not the same”
    PS: he is really hot to.

  • Nix

    Careful, Mandi. Your amusing front of shallowness might be slipping to reveal true shallowness.

  • Winona

    Flashbacks – aaaahhh!!!!! (The good kind, I suppose…) Watching that makes me even more glad that my pal and I bought cheap seats so we can get drunk and Statler-and-Waldorf our way through the concert. It’s going to be awesome!

  • Mary

    Why is it when the Rolling Stones, who are close to 100, go on tour everyone is thrilled but because this is NKOTB there is a problem because they are going on 40?! I can’t think of many 40 year olds who can dance like this and look good doing it. Time to step off with the hatred. This is a group that truly cares about their fans!

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