NKOTB’s Joey McIntyre Doubts The Staying Power Of One Direction

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Zachary Swickey

Veteran boy bander Joey McIntyre of New Kids on the Block isn’t sure red-hot British bands One Direction and The Wanted are going to be long-term players on the music scene.

Talking to Yahoo UK, McIntyre said, “The odds are against both One Direction and The Wanted – neither of them are going to work in America – it hasn’t happened in 50 years so why now?”

(He had to be speaking specifically about British boy bands, as his own group found success in the U.S. in the early-90s and NKOTB’s tour mates the Backstreet Boys, along with NSYNC and 98 Degrees, led the charge in the late-90s/early-00s boy band Renaissance.)

Backstreet Boy Howie Dorough was not as abrasive toward the up-and-coming groups, saying, “I’m not one to tell anyone what to do, how to make their career happen. The hardest places to crack are the UK and USA. And for success to happen a lot of things need to go right. It was a lot of right time, right place for Backstreets Boys.”

McIntyre, however, wasn’t done speaking his mind. “The music has to be able to stand on its own but that’s not the only thing that matters. To have long term staying power the music has to be strong enough, to be timeless,” he continued. “But nowadays with the Internet, you do something good or bad – either way the attention is on your and that makes you successful as well.”

Apparently, McIntyre’s words come from a place of concern, as he lamented the lack of a normal youth the guys will endure before it all comes crashing down. “It costs being a pop star, they [One Direction and The Wanted] don’t have regular girlfriends,” he said. “They don’t have the experiences that everyone else has and that can be a bad thing. They’re missing out on being late on rent, doing laundry, or going out on normal dates – that’s missing out. And they’ll have to learn it all later.”

Do you think Joey McIntyre is right or wrong in his assessment of The Wanted and One Directions career longevity? Let us know in the comments below.