*NSYNC's comeback was even more ephemeral than any of us predicted: Not even a full song, just enough of "Bye Bye Bye" to get J.C. Chasez in front of the Popping and Locking Triangle for a few bars. As it turns out, it was enough--people got their chance to gawk at their childhood in 720p (or on a crappy YouTube video of someone's TV, if they missed it.) Thus sated, they resumed being scandalized by Miley Cyrus, or maybe by having created Miley Cyrus.
But where does the rest of *NSYNC go when Justin Timberlake goes back to being Justin Timberlake? We've done the research, momentarily, so that you don't have to.
J.C. Chasez, who was the subject of a surprisingly interesting thinkpiece about his brush with solo fame back in March, has ostensibly given up on his front-of-the-mic career, his theatrics at the VMAs aside.
What's he doing instead? Forming a girl band, which I guess is a good way of putting his experience to use, and tweeting about it a lot. He didn't waste the comeback opportunity, either, dropping a Girl Radical video into his hey-thanks-for-watching tweet Sunday night:
— JC Chasez (@JCChasez) August 26, 2013
The band itself seems oddly beholden to Japan's super-popular girl groups--it's big, for one thing, and its website is determined to brand them all as individuals, so that you can pick your favorite.
The cover isn't doing it for me, but I'm probably not the target audience for something called "Girl Radical," much as I loved Tragic Kingdom. That said, I'm not sure who the audience is--it seems a little oversexed for preteen girls, and a little preteen for adult males. In any case, J.C. Chasez is keeping himself busy. And if a fit of nostalgia has you following him on Twitter for the first time, you'll hear all about it.
Joey Fatone, whose dad broke the story before their brand-new Twitter account, seems refreshingly realistic about the whole thing. Here's his tweet immediately after the performance:
Sorry everyone but I had to keep it a secret wasn't easy and @TMZ right after that piece we actually finalized it ..so I didn't lie
— Joey Fatone (@realjoeyfatone) August 26, 2013
Also, god bless him for making his Twitter bio "They call me the FAT-ONE!" His Twitter account, when *NSYNC isn't getting better, looks shockingly like some random friend of yours'.
Need I say more :) pic.twitter.com/XSsBINY5ig
— Joey Fatone (@realjoeyfatone) August 5, 2013
When he's not taking pictures of roller coasters (is that Cedar Point?) Fatone makes intermittent appearances on TV and hosts not-quite-successful reality shows like The Singing Bee. He appears to be having a good time.
Lance Bass' 2006 announcement that he was gay (and 2002 attempt to become a cosmonaut) kept him in the news longer than most of his bandmates.
Since then he's--well, I'm not sure. He was on Dancing with the Stars, and he hosts a satellite radio show, but for some reason it seems like he's much more visible than the other non-Timberlakes. (He has three times as many followers as the FAT-ONE!, and is a little [but not a lot] more rehearsed-sounding while using it. He recently retweeted the president.)
He also appears to be having a good time.
Chris Kirkpatrick is the one whose name I cannot remember, even in the middle of a post that is ostensibly about him.
He was Chip Skylark in The Fairly OddParents, which is wonderful. He was also a contestant on Gone Country, which is a nice change-of-pace from Dancing with the Stars. He's currently the lead singer in a band called Nigels 11, which sounded like this three years ago:
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Justin Timberlake was in Alpha Dog, which was just terrible.