Who Lance Bass would replace Justin Timberlake with at an NSYNC reunion

The 1990s was a decade full of great boy bands. They were a dime a dozen, but NSYNC became the Tiger Beat centerfold of choice. Lance Bass, Chris Kirkpatrick, Joey Fatone, Justin Timberlake and JC Chasez burst onto the music scene in 1996 and knocked them out of the arena with their debut track, “I Want You Back.” According to Forbes, NSYNC joined the hallowed and elite multi-diamond club after “No Strings Attached” became their second album to sell more than 10 million copies.

In 2002, teenage hearts rang out around the world after NSYNC announced they were taking “an indefinite hiatus.” According to VH1, it wasn’t until 2007 that Lance Bass announced they weren’t coming back, no matter how badly the fans wanted it. There were many rumors as to why they broke up, but after his solo album was released it was clear that Timberlake had planned his exit from NSYNC, which spelled the end of the band.

“We thought we’d get back together,” Fatone admitted to the Huffington Post. “It was ‘Okay, after that’ [Justin] does his thing blah blah blah we’ll get back together and move forward and do what we have to do. And then it was like, no.” There was no denying that Timberlake’s career took off in leaps and bounds after his departure, racking up 38 Grammy nominations and 10 wins over the years — along with a glittering Hollywood career to boot. There’s no such thing as a sexy return, but here’s who Lance Bass would replace Justin Timberlake for in an NSYNC reunion.

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Lance Bass’ happy NSYNC reunion replaces Justin Timberlake

Justin Timberlake has reached great heights since saying “bye bye bye” to NSYNC. And he’s not done yet — Timberlake’s next career move is to conquer Broadway. So it’s doubtful whether getting the boy band back together is on his to-do list. Lance Bass’ post-NSYNC career was prosperous, though he still fondly remembers his boy band days. So if NSYNC went on a reunion tour, who would they replace him with?

Bass spilled the Trousersnake tea on the Boy Meets World podcast. Danielle Fishel dropped the T-bomb and put Bass on the spare hot seat. But he fired right back with his bat pick: Darren Criss. The ‘Glee’ star-turned-fictional-serial-killer is an easy match for Timberlake’s vocal and acting talents, and he’s quite easy on the eye too. “[Criss] studied music and is great with harmonies,” Bass explained, adding that he also appreciates the boy bands of the ’90s. “He would just be a perfect fit for us.”

Hanson knows a thing or two about boy bands. The “MMMbop” brothers were hot around the same time as NSYNC and support the emotions of bass. The Oklahoma trio told Perez Hilton that Criss is a big fan. Hanson asked if he would appear in an upcoming video, but Criss couldn’t because he was recording an album. However,” he said [he] last but not least, serve coffee for the shoot,” shared Taylor Hanson. “Darren is an extremely talented musician,” chipped in Isaac Hanson.