Sunday, April 25, 2010

4/25 - Joey Fatone

Joey Fatone - Set to return to Dancing with the Stars for one night
Joey Fatone: Long before the mega-popular boy band *NSYNC put his winsome mug on hordes of magazine covers, Brooklyn-born Joey Fatone had music on his mind. While still in high school, the cheerful baritone and three pals formed The Big Guys, an a cappella group that once serenaded Miss Florida on the TV series Teen Talk. He met future band mate Chris Kirkpatrick while performing in Universal Studios Florida’s "Beetlejuice's Graveyard Revue.” The two theme-park performers linked up with handsome crooners J.C. Chavez and Justin Timberlake, and soon enough their 1998 self-titled debut was paving the way for them to become one of the biggest-selling and record-smashing music acts of its time. In the years since the group’s final 2002 tour, Fatone has done anything but rest on his laurels. He’s transferred his talents to the silver screen, appearing in the 2002 hit My Big Fat Greek Wedding and the acclaimed 2003 film The Cooler. He debuted on Broadway in the Pulitzer Prize-winning Rent, and later stretched his vocal chords as a lead in a revival of Little Shop of Horrors. Most recently, he’s reacquainted himself with a new generation of cooing fans, cha-chaing his way into a second-place finish on 2007 edition of ABC’s Dancing with the Stars. His success on the dance floor led NBC to hire the personable songster as the host for their karaoke game show Singing Bee. Off-screen, his personal life has been equally blessed. He married his high-school sweetheart, Kelly Baldwin, in 2004; their daughter Brianna served as flower girl.