Then And Now

The Most Popular Teen Idol Guys of All Time (Then and Now)  

Derrick Mathis
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The teen idol is more than just a young celebrity, they're an American institution. Hot singers, young singers, young actors---teen idols are indeed a special kind of rock star. They can fall as fast as they rise. Or they can go on to have long careers as major superstars. But what makes a teen idol? There's no special requirement, save for the ability to entrance hordes of teenagers for as long as their attention spans allow. You don't even have to be a teenager----just an entertainer of sorts who strongly appeals to the teen masses. 

They don't necessarily have to be the best singers or best actors or make the best pop music. They just have to be LOVED by teenagers everywhere. 

This list is compiled of the most popular male teen idols of all time---with before and after pics. That means teen idol legends who are deceased, such as Michael Jackson, Elvis Presley and Andy Gibb, aren't on it. Just the living ones. So here they are-----the most popular teen male idols of all time----then and now. Some went on to become major superstars and others...well, read the list to see what they've all been up to. 

Donny Osmond - Then
Donny Osmond - Then is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Popular Teen Idol Guys of All Time (Then and Now)
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Sing along now: "One bad apple don't spoil the whole bunch girl!" 

Ah, yes, the Osmond Brothers. Who would've thought a bunch of clean-cut cherub-faced Mormon boys would strike at the hearts of millions of teen girls across the nation?  

But that's exactly what the Osmonds did back in the '70s with heartthrob Donny at the epicenter. Donny wasn't one of the original Osmond Brothers. But once he joined the group, their popularity soared with teen girls. Makes sense that he eventually emerged as a solo artist before pairing with sis' Marie to star in their own highly successful weekly variety show Donny and Marie

Donny Osmond is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Popular Teen Idol Guys of All Time (Then and Now)
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Now a 56-year-old grandfather, Donny has managed over the years to keep himself pretty busy since the end of the Donny and Marie Show. While he stopped enjoying the immense popularity he had as a teen idol, he continued to record and tour as a solo act and sometimes with sis Marie. The two eventually headlined a very successful Las Vegas show that ran from 2008 - 2012. 

During the '90s, he starred on Broadway in the long-running musical Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, as well as snagging the lead role in the 1999 film. In 2010, he won the Dancing With the Stars competition. Currently he and Marie are headlining yet another show in Las Vegas, making themselves a Sin City staple. 

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Justin Timberlake - Then
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Many of the biggest teen idols of our time got their start as members of a musical act. While Justin Timberlake is no exception, he actually cut his celebrity baby teeth as a mouseketeer (along with Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, Ryan Gosling and JC Chasez) on the "All New Mickey Mouse Club" in the early '90s. 

Then came 'N Sync. The band formed in '95 with Timberlake and Chasez serving as the lead vocalists. The rest, as they say, is history. 'N Sync with Timberlake mostly at the helm went on to become the third best-selling boy band ever. As we all know, Timberlake eventually went solo. 
Justin Timberlake is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Popular Teen Idol Guys of All Time (Then and Now)
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So whatever happened to Justin Timberlake? That's a laugh indeed. His first solo album Justified, which was released in 2002, debuted at number #2 on the Billboard charts, selling three million in the U.S., 7 million worldwide. In 2004, he caused a huge furor with fellow performer Janet Jackson during half-time at the Superbowl when he ripped off a part of Janet's costume to reveal her naked boob. We loved it. 

Timberlake (now married to Jessica Biel) has also made a splash in movies starring in several vehicles such as The Social Network and Friends With Benefits. The Grammy-winning artist is a bona fide superstar and has transitioned quite smoothly from teen idol to one of pop music's top dogs. Named one of GQ's Most Stylish Men and Cosmopolitan Magazines Most Sexiest, the consensus is Timberlake's gonna be around for quite awhile. 

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