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Celebrity Encounter: Joey McIntyre
It was my birthday and some friends and I decided to celebrate by going
to a karaoke night at a neighborhood bar. After we finished our pizza
and a few drinks, someone yelled out, "Oh my gawd, there's little Joey
McIntyre from the New Kids on the Block!" My friend introduced me to him
saying that it was my birthday and that I was a huge New Kids on the
Block fan. I then offered to him that I had seen NKOTB on my
thirteenth birthday, that it was a really amazing coincidence. I never
anticipated that the night would end in such splendor, as I will detail
for you in a moment.
|A Photoshop reenactment of the meeting by Lisa Beebe.
How sure are you that it was actually Joey McIntyre and not just a look
No one could deny his baby blue eyes and those curls and the
intense Massachusetts accent.
What was he wearing?
I'm thinking he was dressed casually in a white
shirt and some jeans.
How close did you get to him?
We shook hands and talked for a long
time. It was crowded and loud, so we had to talk closely. I remember
feeling self-conscious that I might have had garlic breath from the
pizza. After an hour or two passed, he went up on stage to perform a
karaoke version of "Tiny Dancer" by Elton John. He pulled me up on
stage so that we could sing together. After the duet, he got down and
sang to me "Happy Birthday" in front of hundreds of jealous screaming
fans. He really can sing! Finally, we embraced and said good-bye.
What did he smell like?
Sweet like popsicles, salty like beer nuts.
Was he taller or shorter than you thought he'd be? He was taller than I
would have originally imagined. I guess he grew to an average height
in his later adolescence.
Was Joey your favorite member of New Kids on The Block? If not who was?
I always liked the Knight brothers, Jordan and Jonathan. Even though I
was a minority in this, Jonathan was secretly my favorite because he
was shy and sort of awkward. But I also really liked the hip Jordan
with his braided rat tail.
Do you prefer young "Hangin' Tough" Joey McIntire, or the more mature
"Stay the Same" Joe McIntire?
By far, I prefer the pre-pubescent stylings of Joey, especially for his
"Please Don't Go Girl." I asked him to sing that song for me that night
but he replied that he simply couldn't hit high notes like that
What celebrity would you most like to have an encounter with?
Gael Garcia Bernal, the steamy Mexican actor with the sexy mullet from Y tu Mama Tambien (see photo at right).
How has meeting Joey McIntyre changed your life?
Since singing with Joey Mac, I constantly attempt to recreate that rush
and abandon whenever I grab the mike to perform karaoke. And when I am
not singing, I make sure to meticulously maintain my oral hygiene and religiously check myself so I don't speak with a Massachusetts accent.
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