Even R. Kelly got over the Olsens five years ago
Toward the end of his recent stint on VH1's reality show, The Surreal Life, Jordan Knight revealed that he didn't want to participate in the show, and had to be coaxed into it by his manager. In the future, Knight might want to trust his instincts.
In a cast lousy with pitiful exhibitionists (Brigitte Nielsen), has-beens (Dave Coulier, Flavor Flav), and self-obsessed nobodies (Ryan Starr), Knight emerged as the least likable of the bunch. Forget the fact that soon after entering the house, he barricaded himself in his room, resulting in a nasty spill for the chronically naked and drunk Nielsen. Forget the fact that he tried to seduce Starr in front of TV cameras, despite the fact that his girlfriend was sure to watch the show. Even his testy war-of-wills with Charo in the recording studio was semi-forgivable: artistic differences, after all; kind of like when Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey went to blows over the vocal mix on Quadrophenia.
Knight might be the most notable alumnus of New Kids on the Block, but that's a bit like calling Jermaine the most stable Jackson. But with his new single, "Try," and an album forthcoming in early 2005, he continues to hang tough, driven to shut up the deluded fools who insist that it was Joey McIntyre, and not Knight, who truly had the right stuff.