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Glee vs. ‘N Sync: Whose “Bye Bye Bye” Is Best?

Boy bands. What is it about a group of guys doing ridiculous dance moves and super-cheesy facial expressions that makes our hearts race and our heads feel sort of dizzy?

We’ve always had a soft spot for boy bands, so when we learned that Glee would be performing ‘N Sync’s 2000 hit “Bye Bye Bye” in Glee Season 4, Episode 16: “Feud,” we may or may not have dug out an entire box of Justin Timberlake ‘90s memorabilia just to reminisce.

Glee’s version of the ‘N Sync classic came as a mashup — paired with their fellow boy band phenoms, the Backstreet Boys’, with their own hit: “I Want It That Way.” Finn (Cory Monteith) and some of the New Direction guys took on BSB, while Will (Matthew Morrison), Blaine (Darren Criss) and Jake (Jacob Artist) performed as ‘N Sync.

The ‘N Sync performance seems by far the most memorable of the two, mostly because Will and his backup dancers paid homage to the original music video by turning themselves into life-size marionettes on stage.

They danced all of JT, Lance and crew’s tricky puppet choreography with ease. Still, the Glee version didn’t nearly pull out as many stops as the ‘N Sync video. There’s no high-speed car chase, for one. Or train car-leaping escapades.

Plus, we would have loved to see the Glee guys/puppet suspended high in the air, then slowly dropped down onto the stage. We loved the Glee version, really we did, but can anything really live up to the cheese-tastic glory that was the original music video? Head below and sound off with your thoughts!

03.16.2013 / 03:36 AM EDT by Beth Douglass
Related: Glee, Music, Will Schuester, Blaine Anderson

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