On June 3, loyal fans of the New Kids on the Block (NKOTB) and Backstreet Boys (BSB) trekked to the Mall of Asia Arena to see the objects of their teenage dreams come to life. Performing together in Asia for the last time, the nine men gave their all as they collectively sang 32 of their most popular hits accompanied by a spectacle of lights and sounds. From best to most best, these were the night’s greatest moments.
10. The Opener
NKOTBSB opened the show to an interesting mash up of their tunes “Single” (NKOTB) and “The One” (BSB) interlaced with the string melody from Coldplay’s “Viva La Vida”. Since the song was slow and steady, we were all given the chance to ogle… er, appreciate how fine the men looked in their sleek yet tough all-black ensembles.
9. Joey Works It
The crowd went wild for NKOTB’s youngest member, Joey McIntyre (still looking mighty fine at 39!), when he began singing the first few lines of his sweet ballad “Please Don’t Go Girl” in a cappella. We couldn’t help singing along and pleading the boys (through song) not to leave us.
8. Maike + Nick
Not to be outdone, the Backstreet Boys searched for four lucky ladies to be serenaded onstage. A true-blue BSB fan girl made a “Pick me!” sign for Howie Dorough, so it was no surprise when Howie chose her. Model Maike Evers earned the ire of some Nick Carter fans when the singer showered her with too much attention as they sang “I’ll Never Break Your Heart”. He touched her nose, played with her hair, and even put his head on her lap. Flirty much?
7. Call Nick Maybe?
Speaking of Nick, it was hilarious to see him flapping his arms around and acting like a girl while mouthing the lyrics to Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe”. At times, his energy was over the top, but the crowd absolutely loved it and screamed for more.
6. The Dark Knight
NKOTB’s lead singer Jordan Knight proved to everyone that he still has “the right stuff” by doing his exact solo dance routine from the “Step by Step” music video and singing his falsetto parts in “I’ll Be Loving You Forever” flawlessly. It’s no surprise that his name became a top trending topic in the Philippines minutes after the concert wrapped up.
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