Joey Fatone

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Joey Fatone
Fatone in 2023
Fatone in 2023
Background information
Birth nameJoseph Anthony Fatone Jr.
Born (1977-01-28) January 28, 1977 (age 46)
New York City, U.S.
OriginOrlando, Florida, U.S.
Occupation(s)Singer, actor, television personality
Years active1993–present

Joseph Anthony Fatone Jr. (born January 28, 1977)[1] is an American singer, dancer, actor, and television personality. He is best known as a member of the boy band NSYNC, in which he sang baritone. The band has sold over 70 million records, becoming one of the best-selling boy bands of all time.[2] In 2007, he came in second place on the ABC reality show Dancing with the Stars. He was the host of the U.S. and Australian versions of The Singing Bee, which aired on NBC in the United States. Fatone was the announcer for the game show Family Feud from 2010 to 2015. Fatone has hosted on Food Network's Rewrapped, Game Show Network's Common Knowledge, Live Well Network's My Family Recipe Rocks, The Price Is Right Live! at Bally's Las Vegas; and appeared as "Rabbit" on the first season of The Masked Singer in 2019.

Early life and education

Fatone was born in Brooklyn, New York City, the son of Joe and Phyllis Fatone. He has a brother, Steven, and a sister, Janine,[1] and was raised at 2140 84th Street in the Bensonhurst neighborhood.[3] His father had sung in a doo-wop group called the Orions.[3] At 13, he moved with his family to Orlando, Florida, where he attended Dr. Phillips High School.[4]



After high school, Fatone played "Wolfie" in Beetlejuice's Rock and Roll Graveyard Revue at Universal Studios in Orlando.[5] There, in the summer of 1995, he befriended fellow park performer Chris Kirkpatrick who recruited him as the fourth member of a new vocal group that included Justin Timberlake and JC Chasez. They were later joined by Lance Bass and the band NSYNC was formed. Fatone sang baritone with the band from their formation to 2002, when they went on an indefinite hiatus, during which time they sold more than seventy million records worldwide. He performed lead vocals on the single "Together Again" and the No Strings Attached album track "I Thought She Knew". While a member of NSYNC, Fatone co-starred with bandmate Bass in the 2001 romantic comedy film On the Line and guest-starred with the band on The Simpsons episode, New Kids on the Blecch.

On August 25, 2013, NSYNC regrouped for a one-off performance at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards.[6] They performed a medley of "Girlfriend" and "Bye Bye Bye"; after the performance Lance Bass said that the group had no plans for a reunion tour or new music.[7] In April 2019 the band reunited without Timberlake for a one-off performance with Ariana Grande at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. NSYNC have long been subject to speculation of a reunion, to which Fatone has given the answer: "Never say never".[8]


In 2002 Fatone played Cousin Angelo in the comedy film My Big Fat Greek Wedding, a role he reprised in the TV spin-off My Big Fat Greek Life and the 2016 sequel. In the same year he made his Broadway debut, playing the lead in Rent at the Nederlander Theatre in New York.[9][10] He went on to act in the critically acclaimed movie The Cooler and had minor roles in the experimental film Red Riding Hood and Homie Spumoni, the latter alongside Jamie-Lynn Sigler. He returned to Broadway in 2004 in a revival of Little Shop Of Horrors[11] and later appeared in productions of The Producers and 42nd Street in Pittsburgh[12] and Rock of Ages at Bally's Las Vegas.

Fatone played himself in the kung fu skit "Enter the Fat One" in the first season of Robot Chicken, later making more appearances on the show including the first Star Wars episode. He also played himself in the Syfy film Jersey Shore Shark Attack, the TV series Return of the Mac and the Comedy Central feature Cursed Friends. Fatone has guest-starred in the Disney Channel series Hannah Montana, Imagination Movers and Kim Possible in addition to various other TV shows and horror films, including Inkubus (2011) and Dead 7 (2016).


Fatone was the "ringmaster" for NBC's reality series Celebrity Circus in 2005. In 2007 he hosted NBC's The Singing Bee and the Australian version of the show on Nine Network. The same year he became a red carpet host for TV Guide along with Lisa Rinna. In 2009 Fatone co-hosted the live pre-show for TNA Wrestling's biggest annual pay-per-view event, TNA Bound for Glory, alongside Jeremy Borash.[13]

From 2010 to 2015, Fatone served as the announcer for host Steve Harvey on the show Family Feud. In which time he hosted the Live Well Network series My Family Recipe Rocks, the Food Network cooking competition Rewrapped, the series Parents Just Don't Understand on the Hub Network[14] and was a celebrity guest host of The Price Is Right Live! at Bally's Las Vegas. In January 2012, Fatone was one of eight celebrities participating in the Food Network reality series Rachael vs. Guy: Celebrity Cook-Off.[15] Though eliminated in week six, he secured a $5,000 award for his charity, the Fatone Family Foundation.[16]

In February 2014 Fatone made an appearance on the hidden camera show Impractical Jokers, standing in for show regular Brian Quinn, during a challenge. He made repeat appearances on the show as host or featured guest in a number of specials, including a 2017 episode based at his Orlando hot dog restaurant, Fat One's. Fatone is the permanent host of the spin-off series Impractical Jokers: After Party and he made a cameo in Impractical Jokers: The Movie in 2020.

Fatone portrayed "Rabbit" on season one of the singing competition show The Masked Singer, tying with Rumer Willis as "Lion" for fourth place overall.[17] Currently he is presenter of the game show Common Knowledge, which premiered on January 14, 2019, on the Game Show Network.[18] In 2021 he served as a panelist on the Irish talent show Last Singer Standing.

Dancing with the Stars

On February 1, 2007, the ABC television network announced that Fatone would participate in season 4 of the American version of Dancing with the Stars, which debuted March 19, 2007. He ended up placing second, losing the mirror ball to Apolo Anton Ohno and Julianne Hough.[19] He competed with professional partner Kym Johnson. Fatone participated in the 15th season of Dancing with the Stars for a second chance to win a mirror ball trophy,[20] again dancing with Kym Johnson. They were the second couple eliminated. He later returned in season 27 during Trio Week as a trio partner to John Schneider and Emma Slater.

In February 2013, Fatone appeared on Holland America Line's "Dancing with the Stars at Sea", aboard the MS Eurodam. He returned to Dancing with the Stars at Sea on Holland America Line's MS Nieuw Amsterdam in January 2014.[21] He was paired with Lacey Schwimmer and appeared alongside Mark Ballas, Sabrina Bryan, and a dance ensemble. Unlike the TV show, this was not a competition and there were no eliminations.

Personal life

Fatone met his wife, Kelly Baldwin, while they were still in high school in 1993. After joining NSYNC two years later, their relationship was off-and-on.

It was a much speculated rumor that Fatone had briefly dated singer Pink in early 2000, to which Pink stated, "[Joey] took me to Friendly's as a casual date, not like a date-date. I just wanted ice cream. We were in the friend zone." The singer has stated that although they did technically go on a date, it was more platonic and that Fatone was "a total sweetheart."[22]

After rekindling his romance with Baldwin, shortly after that same year, she became pregnant in the spring of 2000 with their first child, Briahna, who was born exactly a year after the release of NSYNC's hit sophomore album, No Strings Attached. They became engaged in the fall of 2002.

On September 9, 2004, Fatone married Baldwin at Oheka Castle on Long Island, New York, in a ceremony that was attended by all his NSYNC bandmates.[23] Fatone and his wife have two daughters: Briahna Joely, born March 21, 2001,[24] and a second daughter, Kloey, born January 2010.[25] Fatone's best friend, Lance Bass, is their godfather.[26]



Stage work



Year Title Role Notes
2000 Longshot Pizza Chef
2001 On The Line Rod
2002 My Big Fat Greek Wedding Angelo
Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones Jedi Cameo; deleted scene
2003 The Cooler Johnny Cappella
2006 Red Riding Hood Jack
2006 Homie Spumoni Buddy
2016 My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 Angelo
Dead 7 Whiskey Joe
Izzie's Way Home Carl Voice
2021 Church People Tino
2023 My Big Fat Greek Wedding 3 Angelo


Year Title Role Notes
2003 My Big Fat Greek Life Angelo Episode: "The Empire Strikes Back"
2004 Kim Possible Nicky-Nick (voice) Episode: "Oh Boyz"
2006 Shorty McShorts' Shorts Ricky 3 episodes
2008 Hannah Montana Joey Vitolo Episode: "Bye Bye Ball"
2010–2015 Family Feud Himself (announcer)
2014; 2016-2017 Impractical Jokers Himself 3 episodes
2017 Celebrity Family Feud Himself Episode: "Boy Band vs. Girl Group"
2017–present Impractical Jokers: After Party Himself (host)
2019 The Masked Singer Rabbit/Himself
Your Pretty Face Is Going to Hell Himself Episode: "OMGouija"
2019–2021 Common Knowledge Himself (host)
2021 Last Singer Standing Himself (judge)
2023 How I Met Your Father Himself Season 2, Episode 17: "Out of Sync"

Music videos

Year Title Artist(s) Director
2016 "Irresistible" Fall Out Boy, Demi Lovato Wayne Isham

Dancing with the Stars

Season 4:

Week # Dance / Song Judge's scores Result
Inaba Goodman Tonioli
1 Cha-Cha-Cha / "You Should Be Dancing" 8 8 8 No Elimination
2 Quickstep / "Tell Her About It" 8 8 8 No Elimination
3 Tango / "Star Wars Theme/Cantina Band" 8 8 8 Safe
4 Paso doble / "Collecting the Ballots" 10 9 9 Safe
5 Rumba / "Besame Mucho" 8 8 9 Safe
6 Samba / "A Little Respect" 9 9 9 Safe
7 Foxtrot / "The Way You Make Me Feel" 10 9 10 Safe
Jive / "Slippin' and Slidin'" 10 10 10
8 Waltz / "Always" 9 9 8 Bottom Two
Mambo / "Pump It" 10 9 10
Foxtrot / "My Guy" 10 10 10 Safe
Jive / "Jump, Jive, and Wail!" 10 10 10
Cha-Cha-Cha / "Groove Is in the Heart" 9 8 9 Runner-Up
Freestyle / "Last Dance" 10 10 10
Tango / "Star Wars Theme/Cantina Band" 10 10 10

Season 15:

Week # Dance / Song Judge's scores Result
Inaba Goodman Tonioli
1 Cha-Cha-Cha / "P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing)" 6.5 7 7 Safe
2 Quickstep / "Creep" 7.5 7.5 7.5 Eliminated


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  2. ^ Ryzik, Melena (October 1, 2007). "A Boy-Band Grad's Next Act". The New York Times. Retrieved September 2, 2021.
  3. ^ a b "'N Sync Discusses Their Rise to Stardom". Larry King Live. CNN. January 9, 2001. Retrieved June 6, 2019.
  4. ^ Manno, Adam (September 6, 2016). "'N Sync's Joey Fatone on hot dogs and his reputation as the 'Fat One'". Orlando Weekly. Florida. Archived from the original on June 6, 2019. Retrieved June 6, 2019.
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  6. ^ "*NSYNC VMA Performance: Justin Timberlake's Boy Band Reunites For MTV Onstage Reunion". The Huffington Post. August 25, 2013. Retrieved January 29, 2014.
  7. ^ "Lance Bass Says No *NSYNC Reunion Planned After VMAs Performance". The Huffington Post. August 27, 2013. Retrieved January 29, 2014.
  8. ^ Allen, Molly (February 15, 2022). "Joey Fatone On The Potential Of A Future NSYNC Reunion". The List. Retrieved August 17, 2022.
  9. ^ Vineyard, Jennifer (July 25, 2002). "Joey Fatone Finds Broadway 'Exciting,' But 'A Lot Of Work'". MTV News.
  10. ^ Vineyard, Jennifer (August 9, 2002). "Joey Fatone's Broadway Debut Earns Raves From 'Rent'-Heads". MTV News.
  11. ^ Gans, Andrew (May 13, 2004). "'N Sync's Joey Fatone to Join Broadway's Little Shop of Horrors". Playbill.
  12. ^ Pittsburgh CLO Summer Season Features 42nd Street, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Phantom and The Little Mermaid Archived May 6, 2013, at the Wayback Machine Playbill, Retrieved January 29, 2014
  13. ^ "TNA Bound for Glory Pre-Show w/ JB and Joey Fatone". YouTube.[dead YouTube link]
  14. ^ "Parents Just Don't Understand | TV Guide". Retrieved May 22, 2020.
  15. ^ Rachael vs. Guy Celebrity Cook-Off: New Show Premieres This Winter Archived January 19, 2012, at the Wayback Machine. (July 29, 2011). Retrieved on February 27, 2016.
  16. ^ "Fatone Family Foundation – About". Retrieved August 1, 2013.
  17. ^ Stone, Natalie. "The Masked Singer Double Elimination! Rabbit and Lion Revealed During Semifinals". People. Retrieved February 21, 2019.
  18. ^ "Common Knowledge". GSNTV. Retrieved February 20, 2019.
  19. ^ ABC News (February 21, 2007). "Meet the New Cast of 'Dancing with the Stars". Retrieved August 5, 2017.
  20. ^ Shira, Dahvi (July 27, 2012). "Dancing with the Stars All-Star Cast Revealed". People. Retrieved December 4, 2019.
  21. ^ "Holland America Dancing with the Stars at Sea 2013–2014". Retrieved August 1, 2013.
  22. ^ Celebretainment, By (November 15, 2017). "Pink recalls dating NSYNC's Joey Fatone". Celebretainment. Retrieved March 28, 2020.
  23. ^ Correia, Roberta (June 9, 2016). "TBT: Reliving Each NSYNC Wedding, from Justin Timberlake to Joey Fatone, in Photos". Brides. Retrieved June 6, 2019.
  24. ^ "Briahna Joely Fatone". Retrieved June 6, 2019.
  25. ^ Helling, Steve (January 14, 2013). "Joey Fatone Welcomes a Daughter". People. Retrieved December 4, 2019.
  26. ^ Bass, Lance (2007). Out of Sync. New York, Los Angeles: Simon Spotlight Entertainment. p. 50. ISBN 978-1-4169-4788-2.

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by Dancing with the Stars (US) runner up
Season 4 (Spring 2007 with Kym Johnson)
Succeeded by