The Billboard team conducted a fantasy draft of boy band members. Check out the full action below, and vote for your favorite dream team!
The NFL football season is fast approaching, which means that it's currently the season for fantasy football drafts. Across the globe, friends are signing up to draft their dream teams of current football stars, in an effort to piece together the best mock lineups and win their leagues. Fantasy drafts are a ton of fun for sports junkies who salivate over stats… so why not translate the fantasy football format to other media, like music? What would happen if the fantasy draft was used to choose a lineup with more vocal ability -- and better choreography -- than this year's hottest running back and wide receiver?
With that in mind, Billboard.com is proud to present the 2013 Fantasy Boy Band Draft, the first edition of the Billboard team's annual effort to put together the best five-person group of male vocal performers. Earlier this week, six members of the Billboard staff joined together to draft their own personal boy bands over five thrilling rounds. We captured all of the action -- which you can read below -- and now want to hear from the boy band fans themselves to see whose draft was the strongest. There were shocking selections, late-round sleepers and a discussion of who the "bad boy" is in One Direction. We'd expect nothing less from the first Fantasy Boy Band Draft.
-- Each team will select one member per round over the course of five rounds. This will be a "snake order" draft, so that the second round goes in reverse order as the first round (the player with the sixth pick will also get the seventh pick, and so on).
-- Boy band members are eligible as long as they once appeared in a boy band, meaning that members of defunct boy bands (i.e., *N SYNC or SoulDecision) can be drafted.
-- All boy band members are drafted under the "heyday" rule, which means that players are drafting boy band members at the height of their performing powers, not as they are in 2013.
-- Boy band members that play instruments (i.e., Hanson or BBMak) are eligible to be drafted.
-- Only members of boy bands that were active after 1980 can be drafted -- so no Jackson 5 or Beatles members. Only "modern" boy bands will be considered for this draft.
-- Following the draft, each participant will make the case as to why their completed boy band is the best!
Jason Lipshutz, associate editor and Pop Shop pop blog editor at Billboard.com
Erika Ramirez, associate editor and The Juice hip-hop blog editor at Billboard.com
William Gruger, social/streaming charts manager at Billboard
Tye Comer, editor of Billboard.com
Amaya Mendizabal, Latin charts manager at Billboard
Brad Wete, features editor at Billboard.com
JASON: Okay, so we've all drawn numbers out of a hat to determine the draft order. Tye's up first, then Amaya, then Will, then Erika, then me, and Brad has the last pick of the first round and the first pick of the second round.
Tye, you're up first.
TYE: You know, this is a tough decision, since there's so much talent out there in the boy band field. However, I think I will have to start things off by choosing… Justin Timberlake! JT is my MVP.
WILL: That was too easy.
(Tye starts singing "Cry Me A River")
AMAYA: After much consideration, I'm going to have to go with A.J. McLean of the Backstreet Boys.
EVERYONE ELSE: Whooooa!!
AMAYA: Here's why: I'm gonna say that he's the original "bad boy" of the boy bands. And for that reason…
TYE: He is a bad boy, that's true.
ERIKA: Isn't there a bigger bad boy from New Kids on the Block, or something?
JASON: Overall, a shocking Number 2 pick. Will, you're up.
WILL: I'm gonna go with the one-man army. I'm going to go with Ricky Martin.
JASON: Menudo's own! Great pick, very strong pick.
WILL: He still puts butts in the seats today, and I want that Latin crossover appeal.
TYE: And like Shakira, his hips still don't lie.
JASON: Erika's up.
TYE (whispering to Erika): Omarion, do it! Do it!
ERIKA: No, I don't want to choose Omarion yet! I think I'm gonna go with Wanya Morris, of Boyz II Men.
TYE: Wanya! I wanted Wanya.
WILL: That's a shocking pick.
ERIKA: That is really not a shocker. That doesn't shock anyone.
JASON: Oh, it's my pick. You know what? I'm going new-school, guys. I think I'm going with Harry Styles. I feel like that's some good value for the fifth pick in the draft.
TYE: Strong pick.
JASON: He's got those green eyes and all.
BRAD: All right, I have two picks in a row. With the first pick on Team Brad, I am going with Bobby Brown.
TYE: Ah, dude, I was eyeing Bobby.
ERIKA: The man can't even perform right now!
BRAD: Nah, we're talking heyday here. Bobby Brown is the original king of R&B, and he would have been great with the collabs, going into the hip-hop era.
JASON: Hard to argue, hard to argue.
BRAD: And with my second pick, I'm going with Shawn Stockman.
JASON: Two Boyz II Men members in the first seven picks!
AMAYA: High voice, and a judge on "The Sing-Off."
JASON: For my pick… if Harry's my frontman, I gotta have the best supporting player available, and that is easily JC Chasez. I'm very happy with that selection. Erika's up.
ERIKA: Hmmm… should I choose Omarion now?
TYE: It feels like it's Omarion time.
ERIKA: You know… I'm just gonna go with my own personal boy band. I'm gonna go with Slim from 112.
JASON: Huge shocker!
ERIKA: This band is only going to perform for me, clearly, and no one else.
WILL: Well, I'm up, and I'm going to seize Erika's missed opportunity. I'm going for an all-amazing dance lineup, and I'm choosing Omarion.
ERIKA: Can you imagine Ricky Martin and Omarion together?
AMAYA: Okay. No doubt in my mind -- Jordan Knight.
JASON: Oh no! I wanted Jordan Knight!
AMAYA: I know, I know you did.
JASON: Okay Tye, you have two picks in a row.
TYE: I feel like I've got the high end figured out with Justin's falsetto. I've gotta bring the bass. I'm going with… what's the name of the deep-voiced dude from Boyz II Men?
TYE: I'm going with Michael McCary.
JASON: So, really? In the first 12 picks, there has been three Boyz II Men members chosen?
ERIKA: We know how much they're worth!