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Jordan Knight

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.

Jordan Knight with Dogmen Poets
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It was in a conversation with Coulier - a sitcom vet best known for co-starring in Full House and inspiring Alanis Morissette's "You Oughta Know" - that Knight proved himself to be not merely an arrogant cad with social anxiety, but a full-on creepy creep. When discussion turned to the Olsen Twins, Coulier mentioned that they were friends of his. Hardly missing a beat, Knight asked if Coulier could hook him up with them. How disappointingly passé: Even R. Kelly got over the Olsens five years ago.

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.

Gilbert Garcia


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