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Joey Fatone Gets Sweet Revenge On YouTube’s ‘Dance Showdown’

Mon, October 8, 2012 11:27am EDT by Andy Swift Add first Comment
Photography: Stephen Stickler

The former *NSYNC-er tells he’s much happier to be doing the judging this time around. Plus, who’s crushing on him?

Joey Fatone may have been eliminated early from Dancing with the Stars: All-Stars, but he’s getting the last laugh by becoming a judge on the hit YouTube series Dance Showdown. Now in its second season, the web show pits 12 well-known YouTube personalities against each other on the dance floor for a shot at $100,000 — and Joey tells he’s much happier to be on the other side of the judges’ table.

“I love doing the judging; I hate being judged,” he tells us. “When I was in *NSYNC, I was never judged on my dancing. It was all for entertainment purposes. On Dance Showdown, I’m looking more at the entertainment value: How did they execute the dance? Did they look worried? All that stuff. It’s not easy to judge, because you never know what you’re going to see next.”

Joey’s also having a blast with his co-judge, the “really cool” celebrity choreographer Laurieann Gibson, who has a few choice words for the former *NSYNC-er.

I, personally, had a crush on Joey,” Laurieann tells us. “[So Dance Showdown is] kind of like a wet dream come true. Joey was the black girl’s *NSYNC boy. Justin had a little black-girl energy, but it was all about Joey. And he’s really super-talented and super-nice.”

Do you really need more reasons to watch?

Check out the season premiere of Dance Showdown below, then drop a comment with your favorite contestant:

— Andy Swift

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