MTV is adding a super fly show to its Tuesday lineup: 90’s House. What’s the 4-1-1? Hosted by Christina Milian and Lance Bass, the competition show is like Big Brother meets Saved By The Bell. Twelve millennials live out their ‘90s fantasies in a house that forces them to trade their iPhones for, well, whatever people used to communicate back then. Each episode, opponents face elimination by competing in various ’90s themed challenges. The raddest contestant will win an appropriate sum of $90K (as well as a Mazda Miata and tickets for a ’90s-themed cruise). Word.
“The ’90s was responsible for so much, with fashions, and music,” Bass tells Billboard of the era’s influence. “Entertainment as a whole was so diverse. Everyone was really trying all kinds of things and failing a lot, especially in the fashion sense. But it just felt like it was a safe time. It felt so innocent, and people didn’t take themselves so seriously.”
Milian adds, “I think the biggest culture shock will be that they no longer having social media and cell phones. To go back to dial-up Internet is — I don’t even think they ever got to experience that because they’re ‘90s babies so they were born in the ’90s. They think they know what it is but they really have no idea.”
Ahead of tonight’s (Sept. 26) premiere, we spoke to Christina and Lance about their favorite pieces of the ‘90s. From John Stamos to Janet Jackson, check out the pair’s essential ‘90s items.
Bass: Whitney Houston. I loved The Bodyguard soundtrack. I don’t know who didn’t. I lived for that album.
Milian: The Janet Jackson “If” video. I loved Janet. I thought she was so hot and I wanted to learn her choreography. I just wanted to eat her off of that song and that video. The dancing, and she was somewhere else. She looked great.
Bass: Female, it would be Staci Keanen. I thought I had the biggest crush on Staci Keanen from My Two Dads, but I just realized I wanted to be her best friend, instead. Then male would be Uncle Jesse, of course. John Stamos was good-looking then, and he gets better with age.
Milian: I’d say J.Lo. I think she started off as a fly girl and ended off as the fly-est girl. My favorite look is when she wears her ponytails with the baby hairs. And then that booty. She made that booty pop, made it a conversation.
Bass: Brett Favre. I was a huge Green Bay Packers fan. I’m from Mississippi, and Brett Favre went to the University of Southern Mississippi. I followed him from college, to Atlanta, to Green Bay, and I’m still a huge Green Bay fan, just because of him.
Milian: I mean, Biggie and 2Pac, those were my guys. “Big Poppa.” “It’s All About the Benjamins.” And then I have to say “California Love” by 2Pac.
Bass: Will & Grace was my top one of that decade. I loved any scene with Jack. Just Jack! He just cracked me up. Anytime that Jack and Karen were together, it was just gold.
Milian: That’s a good question. The O.J. scandal. That was epic. The whole world tuned in to that.
Fashion faux pas:
Bass: Everything that I wore from ’96 to ’99, basically. The one that really sticks out in my head is the outfits we wore to the American Music Awards, I think in ’99. It was just horrible, and even Joan Rivers gave us an award that night of “most waterproof.”
Milian: *NSYNC all the way. It started off as Backstreet Boys and ended with *NSYNC. I loved “Tearin’ Up My Heart.”
Bass: Probably Macaulay Culkin. Home Alone was huge for us ’90s kids.
Bass: I loved, what’s her name, crap. Jennifer Paige! Check her out. You’ll definitely know the song. I loved her.
Milian: Ren & Stimpy. Or Beavis and Butt-head. And I used to do all their voices!
Watch 90’s House on MTV on Tuesdays at 11 p.m. EST.