NKOTB and Backstreet Boys: "The odds are against both One Direction and The Wanted"
Iconic American boybands New Kids On The Block and Backstreet Boys have spoken out about the recent stateside success that One Direction and The Wanted have found and admitted they don't think it will last.
Both groups, who have enjoyed phenomenal careers and are still going strong now, explained that "the hardest places to crack are the UK and USA" although they added that "the odds are against both" the 'What Makes You Beautiful' and 'Lightning' lads.
"The odds are against both One Direction and The Wanted," said Joey McIntyre from NKOTB. "Neither of them are going to work in America - it hasn't happened in 50 years so why now?"
Backstreet Boys' Howie Dorough chipped in: "For success to happen a lot of things need to go right. It was a lot of right time right place for Backstreet Boys."
He continued: "It costs being a pop star, they [One Direction and The Wanted] don't have regular girlfriends they don't have the experiences that everyone else has and that can be a bad thing. They need to go through some tough times and have a period where they learn from all their mistakes — they don't have the chance to do that."
"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."
Despite the initial hesitance towards the UK based heartthrobs, the U.S. superstars confessed that One Direction may have more staying power across the pond because they have the support of music mogul Simon Cowell:
"The backlash is less now, people have more of a capacity for pop! One Direction got on the Big Time Rush tour that's a huge plus! They need to get on it and get in front of people. They've got Simon Cowell behind them - if anybody could make them successful in the States it's him."
Watch The Wanted make their U.S. television debut on The Ellen DeGeneres Show below:
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