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Joey Fatone celebrates singing as host of ABC’s ‘Karaoke Battle USA’

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Joey Fatone, formerly of boy band ‘N Sync, celebrates singing as host of ABC’s ‘Karaoke Battle USA’

BY Richard Huff

Thursday, August 11th 2011, 4:00 AM

He’s been on Broadway, he’s been all over the world as part of ’N Sync and in January, Joey Fatone will be on a cooking show.

A cooking show?

Fatone was one of a handful of celebrities to shoot “Rachael Vs. Guy Celebrity Cook-off,” a competition series that launches Jan. 1. It was shot in New York, and his voice is still raspy from the wrap party the night before. He says it may have included some drinking, and then singing.

“The frigging show, it was ridiculous,” he says. “The hours were ridiculous. But it’s pretty amazing.”

Brooklyn-born Fatone, 34, says he was so wiped out while taping the show that he didn’t have time to catch up with his relatives in the area.

No wonder he’s tired. Besides the food show, he’s also hosting ABC’s summer series “Karaoke Battle USA,” a contest to find the best karaoke singers, launching Friday at 9 p.m.

“It sparked my interest. I thought it could be fun,” he says. “It’s not a whole bashing thing, like ‘How bad it is it?’ It celebrates karaoke.”

For Fatone, it’s the latest step in a post ‘N Sync career that has included a theater run, guest-star roles on TV and a handful of hosting gigs.

Before this, he worked “The Singing Bee” and red-carpet shows for the TV Guide network. He hosted live editions of “The Price Is Right” at Las Vegas and Atlantic City casinos. He also appeared on “Dancing With the Stars.”

“It’s a lot of fun,” he says of hosting. “What you see is what you get. I’m not trying to bull- anybody. If I see something funny, I’ll say something funny about it. If it’s heartfelt and warming, I’ll do that.”

Fatone lives in Orlando with his wife and two daughters, but is contemplating a move to New York or Los Angeles. When not home, he’s usually flying to one of those cities for meetings, and is looking to cut down on travel time.

He wants to return to acting, although he concedes that’s the hardest part of the business. He’s often offered reality shows – something he doesn’t want to do.

“Everything is frigging reality,” he says. “It’s good for some people, and for others, it’s not meant to be. I just don’t see myself doing a reality show. Nobody wants to see someone who has an almost normal life. They want a recovering drug addict, or you’re fighting with your spouse, or you’re out of your f- mind.”

He’s not that, and he credits his wife, Kelly, with keeping his feet on the ground, especially when ‘N Sync ended and he had to adjust to not having folks take care of everything for him.

It’s been a decade since the group stopped performing, and there is the constant question about reuniting. Getting all five members together to talk is a challenge, he says; also, Justin Timberlake has been saying he doesn’t want to make music anymore. Still, Fatone sees the success that New Kids on the Block and the Backstreet Boys are having again, and thinks ‘N Sync could, too.

But could he, now a decade older, handle the touring grind?

He laughs.

“I’d probably be wiped out, too,” he says.

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