Fatone and 'Fame' are 'N Sync
Published May 25, 2003
Scott Maxwell http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/...news-headlines
On Wednesday night, NBC turns the spotlight on dozens of young performers who all want a shot at Fame.
Hosting the show will be an Orlando resident who already has achieved star status -- on the concert circuit, on Broadway and even in Hollywood.
Joey Fatone admits that life has been good in the past year.
After taking a break from 'N Sync, he earned strong reviews for his supporting part in the sleeper hit movie My Big Fat Greek Wedding. And his four-month stint starring in Broadway's Rent earned critical kudos and sent box-office receipts soaring.
"It's been wonderful," he said from a mall in Jupiter, where he was shopping for a birthday present before a Friday night party.
Fatone has come a long way from the days when he was playing the Wolfman in the "Beetlejuice Graveyard Revue" at Universal Studios.
This week, however, Fatone will take on the challenge of hosting a reality talent show, the likes of which TV producers have practically done to death in the past year. Fatone knows that his show will have to shine to stand out.
Helping him will be veteran performer Debbie Allen, who starred in the 1980 movie by the same name. Also distinct to this show is that the contestants are all trained singers and dancers. In other words, Fatone said, "This is not a cattle call."
But enough about that, Joey. How about some dirt? Have you finally made longtime girlfriend Kelly Baldwin a wife?
"Not yet," he said sheepishly.
Yet? It's been 10 years, hasn't it?
"Just about." (Then anxious laughter.)
OK. How about your 2-year-old daughter, Brianna?
"She's great. Running around, singing -- plenty of energy."
And what about the rest of the guys from the band? You guys keep in touch?
"Oh, yeah. I talked to Lance [Bass] just last week."
While Joey was being a good sport, none of this was going to make the National Enquirer.
But then, Fatone let me in on something that may prompt teenage squeals from coast to coast: 'N Sync is officially slated to get back together in September to start working on a new album.
It's no wedding announcement. But it'll do.