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Real Name: Donnie Wahlberg

Known for: One of the five members of the 80s-90s boy band, New Kids on the Block (NKOTB), and also being Marky Mark’s older brother

Brief: Just like fellow NKOTB-er, Jordan Knight, Donnie Wahlberg was at the similarly young age of 15, in 1984, when he joined New Kids on the Block, a group that would set the pave the way for future generations of boy bands (i.e. Five, Westlife). Under the leadership of Maurice Starr, Wahlberg, in addition to Joey McIntyre, Danny Wood, Jordan Knight, and Jonathan Knight would come to form the world famous, New Kids on the Block.

NKOTB would go on to over 70 million albums worldwide over the next 10 years, and garnish a huge amount of screaming female fans (who are probably in their mid-40s now).

Following the insane amount of success that NKOTB generated, Wahlberg went on to lead a successful career in the film industry writing, producing, and appearing in movies such as The Sixth Sense, Ransom, Bullet, and the highly regarded tv mini-series, A Band of Brothers.

Where is he now: Wahlberg can still be found in films, and most recently took on the role of Detective Riley in the 2008 movie Righteous Kills starring Al Pacino and Robert DeNiro. He also wrote the script for the movie What Doesn’t Kill You starring Ethan Hawke and Mark Ruffalo.

In addition, in 2008, Wahlberg and the rest of New Kids on the Block got together releasing a new album and going on a reunion tour for one more hurrah. The result so far, 2 top 20 singles, including Summertime and Single from their new album The Block.

Final Judgement: You would think that being part of an internationally successful music group would be enough for this guy, fading away into D-List obscurity. On the contrary, since being a part of NKOTB, Wahlberg has led a successful life in the entertainment industry. So no…definitely NOT on the D-List



Real Name: Jordan Knight (look at that hair!!!)

Known for: One of the five members of the 80s-90s boy band, New Kids on the Block (NKOTB), and most recently for playing himself on the Surreal Life

Brief: In 1984, at the young age of 14, Jordan Knight was approached by Maurice Starr to form a group that would set the precedence for future generations of boy bands (i.e. *NSync and Backstreet Boys). Joined by his brother Jonathan Knight, as well as Joey McIntyre, Donnie Wahlberg and Danny Wood, the five of them would come to be known as New Kids on the Block.

Over the next 10 years, NKOTB would be adored by legions of screaming teenage girls worldwide, and sell an astonishing 70 million albums. In 1994, the group disbanded, just to be reunited in a comeback tour 14 years later in 2008.

Following NKOTB, Knight revived his career in 1999 by releasing 4 singles that reached the top 40 mark, most notably included was the single, Give it to You.

Where is he now: Knight most recently appeared in the third season of The Surreal Life in 2004. Initial episodes showed that this was a move to revive his solo career that slowly faded after his 1999 success.

In 2008, Knight and the rest of the 5 NKOTB boys did one last run for their legion of screaming mid-40s-no-longer-teenage-girl fans got together for a reunion album and tour, and released 2 top 20 singles, including Summertime and Single from their new album The Block.

The Final Judgement: He had a really great career and run as a solo artist. But his douche-ism on The Surreal Life really knocked him down a few notches and almost solidified him to D-List status. But being a part of an improbable boy-band come back tour is pretty cool. I will say, no…NOT on the D-LIST.