Backstreet Boys delivered a thrilling performance at the Miss USA pageant, of some of their greatest hits and the video and photos are going viral and social media is in frenzy. You can relive the moments right here and find out what all the buzz is about.

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This year, the Miss USA returned to U.S. broadcast television on the FOX channel and for those tuning in, there was, of course, the usual swimsuits, gowns, awkward interview questions and the like. Not to mention the winner, Miss District of Columbia, Deshauna Barber, who, as a U.S. Army officer has become the first member of the military ever to win the pageant.

But not least, the Backstreet Boys delivered a nostalgic and exuberant performance that’s being talked about as one of the highlights of the pageant. It was the full original lineup on stage; A.J. McLean, Brian Littrell, Nick Carter, Kevin Richardson and Howie Dorough performing “As Long as You Love Me” and “I Want It That Way” during the evening gown competition.

This, just a couple of months after announcing their Las Vegas residency, fans did not have to wait to see them in person, but could just tune in on television or, as is so often the case, catch the inevitable viral video — which you can see below.

Yes, it was like a time travel journey back to their 1990s heyday. Performing live at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, the boy band wowed the crowd. That’s to say, audience members were screaming. That’s to say time was transcended. It was not the 2010s, it was two decades ago as the band brought the swagger and sultriness that brought them the teen scream fame. Social media fans were joining in the virtual screaming.

But this is just the beginning, as Nick Carter confirmed to ET back in April, the band is set for a 9-show reunion in Las Vegas that might lead to an eventual residency. As he put it, “If it does really well, then I think that’ll open that door and then in future we’ll do it.” He went on to characterize the shows as “a trial run.”

So we’ve witnessed now what we could call the trial run of the trial run, and judging from the effect on the audience both at the arena and online, looks like it was a success, to say the very least. And while they weren’t preforming on stage they were hanging out backstage with the pageant contestants. For those who did not win the crown, well, at least that was somewhat of a consolation.

You can see photos and watch video of the Backstreet Boys at the Miss USA pageant below!




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