The 20 Stages of Backstreet Boys VIP… As Told By Friends GIFs

1. You wake up on the day of your VIP/concert

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2. You tell your family and non-BSB friends that you’re going to yet another BSB event…

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3. Getting ready never goes as planned…

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4. You rush to get to VIP because you think you’re going to be late for check-in…

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5. But then VIP is running 2 hours late anyway…

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6. When you first see BSB walk into the same room as you!

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7. It always feels like the first time…

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8. Wait, Wait, Waiting in the VIP line…

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9. Talking to your friends about what you’re going to talk to BSB about during your M&G while you wait in this FOREVER line…

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10. Then you’re next in line to meet BSB!

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11. When you finally get to hug your favorite BSB…(Even though security said no)

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12. This is what you think you look like talking to your favorite Backstreet Boy #wordvomit

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13. But no worries – This is what you actually look like talking to your favorite Backstreet Boy!

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14. And then… there is your blur of a memory of your meet and greet. Did you black out? I know I always do.

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15. And then security yells “Turn around for your picture!” (Cue Kevin Hart’s “She wasn’t readyyyyyyyyyy….”)

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16. What you think you look like in your picture, since you’re probably still in the process of turning around/talking.

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17. What you actually look like in your picture. Bet you you’ve never smiled that big before

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18. Then you walk away from the boys, hoping you didn’t say anything too stupid!

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19. Turn around and watch your friends go through their meet and greets…

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So you can celebrate the success later!

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20. For the rest of your life, you’re going to feel like this about the whole experience. And you’re probably not going to be able to stop.

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5 Positives (And Suggestions) About BSB Cruise 2016

So, Kristie’s Korner has been on a slight hiatus, due to me, Kristie, cruising with BSB. I can’t believe it’s been a week since we boarded the boat with BSB, but I’m back, and ready to share with everyone about the cruise! I’m sure you’ve heard the good, the bad, and the ugly. However, I am here to focus on the positives, and to bring you the main pros and suggestions that I’ve come to realize. I mean, we were on VACATION with the Backstreet Boys; how bad could it be?!

 

1. The concert.

Holy smokes. For those of you who have seen the concert either live or in videos, I bet you cried at least seven times. AT LEAST. For those of you who have not seen it, do yourselves a favor, and search it on YouTube immediately. I really don’t think there was a dry eye in the room; and Brian, just wow. So. Many. Emotions. This concert was probably one of my favorites, ever; and definitely, surprisingly upbeat for an acoustic concert.

Hey BSB: Keep bringing back the “oldies” and classics that do not usually get performed. There is a reason why so many of us voted for them! They definitely brought us back in time, and we thank you for that. It was a special moment felt by all as to why we became fans many moons ago.

 

2. Free time.

Points for free time to get to explore in the ports (and/or sleep, eat, spa, etc). However, call me old fashioned, but I still missed the beach party. So if that could be brought back next year, I know I would be extremely happy (as I’m sure others will, as well). The 4 nights worked out really well, too. I feel like it was plenty of time to fit everything in, while also getting our Backstreet fill. Whether it is a cruise, or a land event, I am sure we will be there, and ready to party!

 

3. The preferred event.

This year, the boys wanted to do a little something extra special for those fans who got the higher end cabins. The event was complete with free champagne, and was supposed to be a chill event for these fans to get to hang out with the boys, and for some of the time, it was. Note to boys: this was an amazing idea, and we appreciate the thought SO much. However, this event would be GREAT to do in the future if it was handled slightly differently (e.g. maybe everyone would have to be sitting down at a table in order to get a picture with the boys).

 

4. Solo events.

YES, yes and more yes. The more personal and intimate they can be while incorporating fans; the better. Kevin’s was my personal favorite; how AMAZING were those duets?! BSB has a lot of talented fans, that’s for sure! And Kevin wasn’t so bad, himself. Again, for those of you who have not seen videos, I strongly urge you to do so.

 

5. Deck parties.

Well, let’s start with the positives. The way these boys dressed up for theme nights still makes me laugh. Nick was once again the woman of the group– Anyone else starting to get a little concerned…? LOL. The costumes were so creative, and they really went all out this year. The boys really tried to have fun with their time to make it worthwhile for the fans; and we are SO appreciative of that.

 

To the fans: You have GOT to stop pushing, chasing, “stalking”, etc. In the wise words of BSB, “I don’t care who you are, where you’re from, what you did, as long as you…” just stop being aggressive. I know there were a lot of first timers on this cruise, but let me tell you, on past cruises, the guys hung out around the ship ALL the time. This cruise, they were forced to hide and take back hallways to get back to their room just to avoid getting followed by mass amounts of people. If they see that you are calm, they WILL hang out with you, and you WILL get the attention you want from them; because that’s what they are on the boat for. They are on the cruise for YOU. They WANT to hang out with you, as a calm and civil adult fan; not someone they have to risk their personal safety to be around.

I will leave it at that as to not dwell on the past, because we cannot change it. We can only make positive change for the future. So, as a collective fandom– “I don’t care where you’re from”, but let’s vow to make this change for the better… so that next cruise can be better… because WE, as a whole, made it that way. #BackstreetArmy

5 Things We Hope To See On The Next BSB Tour

That’s right; Backstreet Boys are back (again)! …Even though we know they never left. It has been confirmed that the boys [guys?] will be performing 9 shows in Las Vegas as a trial for a possible future residency. Word on the [Back] street is that this will be part of their upcoming tour that will run somewhere between the end of 2016 and beginning of 2017. Backstreet fans everywhere are super pumped, and we know we are too! Here are some of the things we would LOVE to see!

 

1. Extra events.

Let’s all take some tips from Solo Nick- he set that bar reallll high. I mean- who wouldn’t want to have lunch, bowl, or play laser tag with your favorite Backstreet Boy?! Now it’s time for the AJ, Brian, Howie, and Kevin girls to get their chance. Also, BSB, feel free to bring back the after parties, especially in Vegas– we like those (when we’re not getting crushed in a crowd of people?) [*Cue Kevin’s calm down gesture on the bus in Rio]. You know you’re picturing it.

 

2. Backstreet Bus.

Ever wish you could travel in style on a tour bus like BSB (or WITH BSB)? For those of you and your friends who have already created your own mini-tours, have you ever thought of renting a RV/bus to travel around? Well, how about if BSB provides you with a tour bus? We should do this. Let’s make it happen.

 

3. More exclusive VIP.

The different levels of VIP are great because it gives many fans a chance to participate to their liking. However, for one of the levels, is having some kind of “Ultimate” VIP asking for too much…? A VIP with less fans and more time spent with BSB? …Because we all know that no one feels very VIP[-y?] when you’re rushed in and out with hundreds of other people. Just in case we forgot how amazing Nick Carter’s All Access/Ultimate was, BSB should find a way to do something similar. And of course, this goes without saying- we want soundcheck.

Another option is NKOTB’s version of the “Ultimate”. As an upgrade to your VIP package, you get an entire SOLO photo shoot with candid and group pictures without having to buy a completely separate VIP.

Finally, I think I’m speaking for many fans when I say- bring back the backstage tour! The on stage seating for Platinum VIP was fun and all, but the amount of individual face-time with the backstage tours is why fans love it. But… if there was ultimate VIP, you wouldn’t need the backstage tour, because going backstage would already be built into the package– hmmmm… something to think about, Wonderful Union….

 

4. A Chance to Vote.

Every fan has a dream set list they would love to see BSB perform in concert. Although we LOVE the iconic hits like “I Want It That Way” and “Everybody”, wouldn’t we all love a good “Let’s Have A Party” or “Back To Your Heart” thrown into the mix?! If fans get to vote on [at least a few] songs, then maybe we could switch things up for a bit. Just for fun.

 

5. A Baby.

Well, ladies and gents, if you have not yet seen it in the news– Nick Carter is a DAD! [WHAT?!] We are SO excited, and now all 5 guys can bring their little ones on tour! Can’t wait to meet the newest little Backstreet Boy, Odin!

 

 

**Take notes, boys (and WU); and we can’t wait to see you soon!

10 Reasons to Get Excited for BSB Cruise 2016!

Now that we have received our official itineraries, there are SO many things we are excited about for the upcoming cruise. Here are the top few things that we just can’t stop thinking about… so GET EXCITED!

 

1. EUROPE.
Have you ever dreamed of sailing the Mediterranean? How about with BSB? Just in case you forgot, this cruise is FOUR nights instead of three! Plus, this is the first year the BSB cruise is on a Royal Caribbean ship! I do enjoy Carnival for their “party” atmosphere, however their ships are not always the nicest. Royal Caribbean has nicer ships and for the most part better food …and as always, UNLIMITED food! BSB, Europe, AND unlimited food? Looks like dreams do come true.2014-03-27 22.39.48

 

2. Cruise terminal fun.
Who would ever think a cruise port terminal could be so fun? Sure with the long lines, security, and anticipation, one would think that a cruise port terminal is on the list of worst places to ever be. Not on a BSB cruise. Watching the boys enter the terminal and watching the board the ship is when the realization hits that they are walking onto the same ship you are about to walk on—for FIVE days straight!

 

3. The #BackstreetArmy reunites.
As with all BSB events, hanging out with friends and meeting new fans is half the fun (okay, or maybe more than half)! Some groups of friends may or may not be wandering around in custom matching t-shirts or full outfits (and that may or may not include my group of friends). Have fun with it- that’s the beauty of the BSB cruise.

 

4. Door decorating contest.
BSB fans go ALL out. This is one of my favorite parts of the cruise. I HIGHLY suggest you take time to go around looking at other’s creative doors, because they really are amazing to see! And if you haven’t yet planned out a door decoration, it’s not too late! Plus, you never know who will stop by and sign it (yes, I’m referring to a Backstreet Boy). Speaking of decorations, the whole ship is decked out in BSB; from banners, to the elevator doors, to the infamous cardboard cutout of the boys in the lobby, just in case you forget you are on a cruise with the Backstreet Boys. Don’t forget to take a picture with it!2014-10-27 02.36.19

 

5. Cruise-exclusive merch.
…And it’s CUTE! I would especially build one of these bad boys into your BSB cruise budget. It is a very festive addition to your cruise vibe while you’re tanning on the Lido deck or roaming the ship with a drink in hand. Just another reminder that you’re on a BACKSTREET BOYS CRUISE! And there’s more where that came from. A whole merch store! That’s right; a STORE! Make sure you get your merch ASAP, because items WILL sell out!2014-10-24 13.29.05

 

6. Free time at port.
This year, there will not be a beach party [*Cue collective sigh]. Although I am super sad that there is no beach party, I am excited to have free time to explore the ports. I don’t know about you, but I don’t frequent Europe; so the more time I have to sight see, the better. Plus, it seems as though there will be more than enough other events to fill the time on the ship [see itinerary].

 

7. Photo ops.
For those of you who may not know, part of the cruise includes a formal M&G with BSB. Just like with any VIP/M&G, you can make it what you wish. Keep in mind, these tend to be slightly more rushed than concert VIP M&Gs. Just a reminder, you must have 4-5 people in your group in order to be let in to take pictures. Don’t get discouraged about the semi-rushed group photo, however, because let’s face it- you are TRAPPED on a boat with the Backstreet Boys. You WILL run into them at some point around the ship (but probably in the casino), and will potentially get a selfie or two. For those of you going on the cruise, please keep in mind, the more pushy you are, the less willing the boys will be to take pictures. Remember to relaxxxxxx; You are on vacation, after all.

 

8. The acoustic concert.
Well, we know Kevin is really pumped about this one. I personally was OBSESSED with the cruise concert from last year due to its high energy and nostalgia. For those of you who have not seen it, it was very similar to the Homecoming Live in Orlando Tour VHS.. and my little fangirl heart squealed. This year, fans are getting the chance to request songs that will be performed during the Acoustic concert. A lot of fans requested oldies but goodies (that the boys probably don’t even still remember the lyrics to); and I, personally, requested faster songs (such as the crowd favorite “If You Want it to be Good Girl”) so we all can stay awake. Will the boys actually re-learn the less popular songs and perform them? Only time will tell.

 

9. Living the #suitelife.
This year, for those fans in cabins who have reserved seating, there will be an exclusive “preferred” event. Who knows what that will entail, but it is OFFICIALLY on the itinerary (taking place in the lounge), and I am STOKED!

 

10. One big PARTY.
From the sail away party, to game shows, to deck parties, to the return of SOLO EVENTS! …the BSB cruise is one constant party. Dressing up for theme nights and seeing what crazy outfits the boys come out in is always a hoot. I know there are many fans wondering what getup the boys will come out in, especially for Leather and Lace night. Guess we will have to wait and see! If Nick actually dresses like a man this time, that would be great. LOL. Although Dorothy, from last year, was quite entertaining, it was just as equally traumatizing. Also, note to boys: PLEASE bring the sailor outfits back. Kthanks.2014-10-24 17.14.34_edited

 

As always, make sure to eat, drink, have a blast, and DON’T sleep! Can’t wait to set sail in 17 days! Can it please just be here already?

If you’re not going on the cruise, we’ll miss you! And I bet BSB will too. Just a friendly reminder, there is still time to book here! But if not, remember, you can still participate in What Happens on the Backstreet’s Couch Cruise. It is definitely a good time; not to be missed!

5 Facts About Nick Carter… As Told By ‘Dead 7’ Premiere Day

It’s been a very long two weeks since Nick’s premiere. Let’s relive what we found out/already knew as supported by the events of lunch and premiere.

  1. Nick should [not] have been a waiter.

Nick served food to everyone at his lunch; what a gem. Our favorite moment, however, was watching him plop full over-sized meatballs into fans’ plates. Or should we say #balls ? [In the words of Nick Carter (on a fan’s instagram picture comments)]

  1. Nick is now a… vegetarian?

But he still eats fish. And meatballs? He also likes cannolis. Maybe he is just an all around foodie with vegetarian-like tendencies…?

  1. Nick is actually, somewhat of a fashionista.

I think we may have past a milestone here people; Nick did NOT wear sweatpants to his premiere.

  1. Nick is friends with a lot of boybanders. …And it makes the 90’s fangirl in us happy.

If you saw the movie, you know that the list of boybanders that starred in Dead 7 were: AJ McLean and Howie Dorough from BSB, Joey Fatone and Chris Kirkpatrick from NSYNC, Erik Estrada and Dan Miller from O-Town, and Jeff Timmons from 98 Degrees. AJ, Joey, and Jeff attended the premiere, along with other fellow Backstreet Boy, Kevin! The lucky fans who were in attendance got the chance to mingle with these celebs and other cast members there. Along with our personal fave, Olivia Newton John! #Sandy

  1. Nick LOVES his movie.

As he should, because we love it too! Watching his face light up when he talked about it and watched it was priceless. Some of the fans in the audience were featured/extra zombies in the movie, so having them watch it in the theater with Nick, their friends, and other cast members, was definitely a once in a lifetime experience.

If you would like to see the article/other pics/ info from lunch, check out the full Just Jared article here or  Nick’s website. And if you haven’t yet gotten to watch Dead 7, make sure you check it out!

 

10 Reasons Nick Carter’s Ultimate VIP Was EVERYTHING

  1. Getting to hang out with your friend, Nick Carter. 

Forget everything you thought you knew about “VIP”. As many BSB fans know, regular VIP includes a meet and greet, picture, and usually less than a minute of trying to gather all of your thoughts and form words. Not in All Access. Imagine getting to sit for hours talking to your favorite Backstreet Boy about literally anything you want- no limitations. Kind of like a Q&A on steroids, but an actual meaningful conversation. Plus, you have the added bonus of hearing insider information for the first time and plans for the future that Nick only wants you, his Ultimate VIPs, to know.

Speaking of Nick being our friend, a few lucky ladies decided to play Never Have I Ever The Name Game with him. Let’s face it, the Backstreet Boys, especially Nick, meet so many fans on a daily basis, of course remembering names is difficult. But not in All Access. Imagine you and Nick being on a mutual first name basis, and let’s just say, he has a really funny way of remembering names (a strategy taught to him by our other favorite Backstreet Boy New Kid, Jordan Knight).

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  1. Being exclusive.

One of the perks of ALL Access is that you get ALL of it; including participating in exclusive activities with Nick that only a few people in the world have ever gotten to do. Every single Ultimate differed from the last due to the venue and space limitations, but each one was special in its own way. For example, in New Jersey, Nick took his fans to the candy shop *Cue The Dan Band “Candy Shop” rendition*. In NYC, Nick (along with special guest, Hal, from Rose Tours) invited all of the current non-cruisers to join the party (at their own expense, of course). He even played roommate matchmaker for a couple of girls. Who can ever say that they shared candy with Nick, or got a personal invitation to come on the BSB cruise from a Backstreet Boy? The fans who did the Ultimate VIP; that’s who.

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  1. The bus. 

Only every fangirl’s dream ever… Okay, or maybe just mine? Ever wondered what Nick’s bus looks like? Well now the fans who did Ultimate VIP know. Except the ones who did All Access in NYC, because Nick didn’t know where the driver parked his bus. LOL! SMH, Carter.

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  1. Attending the unofficial Dead 7 pre-premiere/screening. 

If all of the above wasn’t enough, the Ultimates got to continue doing things that no other fans have ever gotten to do. These fans got a first look at his movie, Dead 7, and all of the boyband-filled gore and comedy that ensued. Being one of the first people ever to see the movie that Nick worked so hard to create was truly a shared special moment for both Nick and fans.

 

  1. The opportunity to be nicks security for the day. 

Yeah, we roll with Nick. Or should we say he rolls with us…?

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  1. Nick Carter pops champagne. 

And you drink it. After he serves it to you and toasts to you in the eyes, of course (or else it’s 7 years of bad sex) – according to Carter. So when Nick Carter wants to look you in the eyes, you make sure you look him in the eyes.

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  1. Making cameos on Nick’s social media.

Ever wanted to make featured picture and video appearances on nicks Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and/or Snapchat? Now, these lucky Ultimate fangirls (and boys) get to show their friends and family their one picture/video of fame, and Nick has the pleasure of reliving the fun memories of his Ultimate VIPs every time he opens his social media / camera roll on his iPhone! #Sorrynotsorry Nick.

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  1. #ThePerfectFans

Okay, so, the Backstreet Boys are fun and all, but sharing experiences with friends and other fans is truly one of a kind. Having good times with existing friends and making new friends while hanging out with your favorite Backstreet Boy is always where it’s at.

 

  1. A VIP ran by… You. 

Remember that time you got to run your own VIP? No? Then you haven’t been one of Nick Carter’s Ultimates. Nick really cares about what his fans want, and he is always looking for fans’ honest feedback in order to better himself and the experiences he shares with them. We asked… Nick delivered. Want to go on his bus? Want to go backstage? How about watching the show from side stage or being front row? (all while drinking complimentary champagne, sitting down if you prefer, or being able to leave your spot to use the restroom) – Just in case you don’t know, these luxuries are RARE at a GA concert. Speaking of front row… we all know what happens when you’re in the “Swet” zone at a Nick concert. You get all of *that* […picture it…] automatically just for being an Ultimate VIP. You even get a laminate that says “BACKSTAGE”. If you thought flashing your “regular ol’ VIP” laminate was cool, think again.

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  1. “Free” extras…

So you know those $100 selfies that Nick was selling to concert goers? Ultimate VIPs got those and an added post-show hangout included as part of their package. Sure they paid more already, but who’s counting? Plus, all of the Ultimate VIPs got longer photo sessions; pictures, pictures and more pictures; Selfies/videos/autographs, you name it; they got it all. Hence, ALL Access. Some lucky Ultimates even got to take pictures with Nick’s lens-free nerd glasses, basking in all of their Spencer’s store glory.

 

 

**We had a great time in All Access, Nick; we should definitely do it again. But ladies and gents- keep in mind, this does come with a price– getting sick for an indefinite amount of time if you catch the Nick superbug; and I can almost guarantee you will. But hey, at least you can say that Nick Carter got you sick…? #Contagion