Step 20 - NKOTB Block Party #11: New Kids on the Block Fan Stories from Kim's Story, Blockhead Kindness, Joey on TRL
It’s time for some New Kids on the Block fan stories! Brooke and Nikki discuss the #blockhead community (again), Nikki’s Tic, our genuine love and appreciation for Donnie Wahlberg, Joey on TRL bak in the day, our search for 80’s/90’s themed ghost stories, an NSYNC Photoshoot, and our excitement for our Friend Jerusha (and her son, Foster) that Joey McIntyre will be the host of this year’s MEEI Sense-ations Gala (hear her and Foster’s story in “Step 8”). We also hear an AMAZING fan story from Kim - one of the single moms from Season 1: Rock This Boat. WE LOVE HER - and you will too…sorry for the occasional feedback in this episode - we’ll get it taken care of for the next episode
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Questions About You
How long have you been a fan of NKOTB? Tell us all of your favorite New Kids things
1989 what a summer! I've been a fan for 28 years since I heard them on the radio way back when. I got to attend the Magic Summer Tour at Lake Compounce and held my I love Donnie sign proud. Then they made their comeback announcement on my birthday April 4th in 2008. I was then pregnant with my 2nd child and straight up screaming with joy at the tv in my living room.
Who’s your favorite?
Donnie. He is an inspiration, he gives me life. I have a hard time explaining it, only BHs understand. He was such a bad boy and so cute and didn't give a f of what people thought - I loved that. And the more mature Donnie stole my heart too. He is just so handsome, suave, and HOT. What else can I say. He is really the longest relationship (lol) with a man I've ever had! I know how crazy fan-girl this sounds.
Do you have a NKOTB non-cruise related story to share?
I have many... I'll tell the I heart radio story. It was a very intimate venue in NYC during the media blitz for the album 10 release. I was lucky to get tickets from a radio contact of mine in Hartford. Again, it was my birthday (swear,) this time in 2013. The girls around me were screaming to Donnie that I was my bday and he pulled me onstage to dance during Remix. It was a dream. It was the first time I was so close to all of the band. OMG it was just amazing. Also the show was live strewing and my brand new friend at the time. Maria, who I hadn't yet met but I'll get to that story - she was watching the live stream and saw her cruise roommate get onstage!! Lmao. Here is that concert if you’re interested.
Rock This Boat Questions
What made you want to join the cast of Rock This Boat? How did you get on the show (how does the process work?)
It was Maria who talked me into it I think! I said why not?! If it is anything NKOTB related, I'm down for the adventure. There was an interview process and one was a Skype interview and I remember throwing a pink hair extension in my hair and locking myself in my bedroom closet to escape my kids in order to concentrate on the interview! When the interviewer asked if we could sing one of their songs I bust into The Right Stuff, Maria & Pallavi joined in, and I think they liked us for the show from that point. Even after the first filming at Pallavi's home though, we weren't guaranteed to be on the show. Some still got cut after that point.
Did you receive compensation for being on the show? Did you get a discount on the cruise?
Yes we received compensation, no we did not receive a cruise discount. You had to be booked on the 2014 cruise already to be eligible to be on the show.
Before you were on the show, had you been on the NKOTB cruise before?
Yes, once in 2013. I was going through a divorce at the time and booking that cruise was one of the best decisions I ever made. I went by myself, met Maria for the first time and we just had a blast and became really good friends! We laughed til we cried at points and danced til dawn every night. Even though the cruise is a once-in-a-lifetime experience, I decided on the last day that I HAD to return.
Do you feel that there was any backlash from the BH community after you were on the show? Did you receive any negative feedback? How about positive feedback?
Oh yeah, people really hated on the show. I don’t think I was ever personally attacked but I just felt horrible about all the negative feedback on the show as a whole. I think I only got positive feedback from friends and family who probably thought they had to, lol.
How often are people trying to get close to you because they think you might have a connection to the group?
Never. I have been recognized at New Kids events though.
How much input did you have on how things went down, like was the way we saw it really the way it all happened?
I didn’t do anything I wasn’t comfortable doing. It’s a reality show, it was silly, we were drinking, we were on a perpetual New Kids high – and that is the way it came across. No Regrets. All of the situations we were in were real but production might have asked us to “do that again,” or “can you stand over here like this and do it again.”
How much access does a typical cruiser get to the guys? How much of your access was producer arranged?
NOTHING was arranged for us for the show. The last night was the closest I got to Donnie (besides the photo-op) because of Maria’s brain child – the NY City skyline skyscraper hats. He saw them, liked them, and called us up on one of the B stages.
A typical cruiser is guaranteed the group picture which is very up close and personal & any other encounter is pretty much luck and being in the right place at the right time – which is probable! The really do put themselves out there for us.
What was your relationship to NKOTB prior to the cruise? How about now?
The only relationship I had with NKOTB prior to the cruise was in my imagination! After the cruise and other events, yes, Donnie knows who I am. When we went back to nyc for the final green screen shoot, Maria & I visited Donnie on the Blue Bloods set and he said something to the effect, “Of course I know who you guys are, you did the flyboarding, I’ve seen ALL the footage.” Supposedly he was very involved with production of the final product.
Are you friends with any of the other cast members?
Yes! I’m friends with many of them personally & we (almost) all connect & keep in touch on social media.
If you could do it all again (being a cast member) would you do it?
Yes, like I said before, if it’s New Kids related, I’m down for the adventure.
Is there anything you would like to say to “set the record straight” about your experience?
Not really, it is what it is & I have no regrets. Many cast members were really bullied on social media though and it was undeserved and straight up mean.
General Cruise Related Questions:
Top five things to pack for the cruise:
Flip flops, sunscreen, Red Bull, Theme outfits & accessories, a good attitude
Top three no-nos on the cruise:
Don’t be rude to other BHs.
There is no need to sit and wait in the hallways near their rooms, go enjoy the cruise experience!
What is your favorite event?
The concert. Their music and performing is what I fell in love with back in the day and seeing them perform live in such a casual intimate setting is amaze balls. But the lido deck parties are just so fun too!
What would you say to convince someone who thinks the cruise isn't her jam to go on it?
If you are a New Kids fan and like to have a good time, this is your jam!
It looks like a blast! Is it really that much fun? How often do you spot a New Kid?
It is really that much fun!! You see them multiple times daily with all the events!! Just imagine seeing all 5 New Kids every day for 5 days!!
I have more! I appreciate your love of broadcasting and wanting to get some real equipment, etc. I had a little stint in radio back in the day and also really love the broadcasting side. Listen here to when I was interviewed as a fan when NKOTB were on the Today show earlier this year: