While the boys are now all men, ABC announced the gathering of members from some of the most iconic boy bands in history.
All the heartthrob crooners of yesteryear are coming together for the new special, A Very Boy Band Holiday, which will see the likes of *NSYNC, New Edition, New Kids On The Block, Boyz II Men, 98 Degrees and O-Town sharing the same stage, according to People.
With the most wonderful time of the year serving as the backdrop, all the guys will be showing off their recognizable vocals and charisma, which melted the hearts of teens and preteens alike, during performances and appearances; only now they’ll be doing it in their 40’s and 50’s.
Boy band icons: Members of *NSYNC, New Edition, NKOTB, Boyz II Men, 98 Degrees and O-Town will be featured in ABC’s A Very Boy Band Holiday special on Dec. 6; *NSYNC’s hey day was from 1995 to 2002, which resulted in a star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame in April 2018
The ABC special will feature Joey Fatone (*NSYNC), Chris Kirkpatrick (*NSYNC), Lance Bass (*NSYNC), Wanya Morris (Boyz II Men), Shawn Stockman (Boyz II Men), Bobby Brown (New Edition), Michael Bivins (New Edition), Joey McIntyre (NKOTB), Erik-Michael Estrada (O-Town), Nick Lachey (98 Degrees), Drew Lachey (98 Degrees), Jeff Timmons (98 Degrees) and Justin Jeffre (98 Degrees).
Some of the guys have already come together to shoot a promo video that was shared on ABC’s social media platforms such as Instagram and TikTok.
In the clip, the singers stare directly into the camera, one by one, and compliment each other, while announcing they are ‘passing the camera’ or ‘passing the phone’ to the next boy band star, who then in turn repeats the process.
Promo mode: *NSYNC Joey Fatone kicked off a ‘pass the camera’ promo video that was shared on ABC’s social media platforms such as Instagram and TikTok
Promo push: Fatone then ‘passed the camera to longtime *NSYNC bandmate Chris Kirkpatrick
Iconic: Boyz II Men made their mark in music beginning in 1987 with members Shawn Stockman, Wanya Morris and Nathan Morris, who are seen performing in October 2021
Holiday special: Boyz II Men’s Wanya Morris was exceptionally glowing during spot
Passing it on: Morris passed the camera to Boyz II Men bandmate Shawn Stockman
The show, which is set to air December 6, will see all the guys ‘gather for a nostalgic night of merry hits,’ according to a release from ABC, as reported by People magazine.
Those hits include both holiday classics like Let It Snow, This Christmas, Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and more, as well as their groups’ greatest songs that sent them to the top of the charts during their heyday.
While there will be plenty of recognizable tunes, the evening will also include the debut of a new holiday song by *NSYNC’s Fatone and Boyz II Men’s Morris.
New Kids On The Block’s Joey McIntyre will perform This One’s For The Children with his son Griffin McIntyre during the special; McIntyre passed the promo spot on to Michael Bivin
Iconic: Michael Bivins, Ricky Bell, Johnny Gill, Ralph Tresvant, and Ronnie DeVoe made up New Edition, who sored their first hit back in 1982; they are seen in June 2017
Praise: New Edition’s Michael Bivins complimented bandmate Bobby Brown in the promo
Shining star: New Edition’s Bobby Brown will also take part in the holiday special
Plus, there will be a performance of This One’s For The Children by NKOTB’s McIntyre and his son Griffin McIntyre.
There also promises to be some surprise guests during the television special.
A Very Boy Band Holiday will air Monday, December. 6, at 8:00 p.m. EST on ABC, and will be viewable on demand thereafter on Hulu.
TV made: O-Town is a more recent boy band, forming in the first season of the reality show Making the Band in 2000; they are pictured in September 2019
Erik-Michael Estrada will be representing his longtime boy band, O-Town
Heating things up: 98 Degrees’ Drew Lachey, Justin Jeffre, Jeff Timmons, and Nick Lachey got their successful run started in 1996
Brotherly love: 98 Degrees stars Drew Lachey and his brother Nick Lachey will both be showing off their pipes in the holiday special
Special gathering: 98 Degrees’ Jeff Timmons is also onboard to share in the holiday cheer
Spreading the cheer: Justin Jeffre is also representing his boy band, 98 Degrees