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Drew Lachey Confirms 98 Degrees Reunion Is Going Forward with New Album, Tour

ABC/CRAIG SJODIN(NEW YORK) -- Drew Lachey of 98 Degrees, who won season two of ABC’s Dancing with the Stars, returned to the show this season for its All-Stars edition, but was voted out this past Tuesday night. But that’s OK -- it means he can now turn his attention to the 98 Degrees reunion.

Over the summer, 98 Degrees, including Drew, brother Nick Lachey, Jeff Timmons and Justin Jeffre, got together for the first time in years for two performances: one on NBC’s Today show, and one at the Mixtape Festival in Hershey, Pa. They stopped short of announcing any additional plans, but now Drew confirms to ABC News Radio that a full-fledged reunion is on tap.

“We’re gonna start heading back into the studio here in the next month or so making new music,” Drew tells ABC News Radio. “And then, hopefully, in 2013, we are gonna be back out on tour. So … we got some great stuff coming up and I’m looking forward to getting back with those guys and making some new music.”

98 Degrees never actually broke up; they just went on hiatus. Their last album, Revelation, came out in 2000, so fans were psyched to see the foursome at those shows this past August.

“That was fantastic,” says Drew. “It was 11 years since we had performed together last, and to get back together and take that step out there, to say, ‘Alright, we’re doing this. Let’s go for it,’ and to have the fans embrace us like that, was magical.” In fact, the response encouraged them to continue with the reunion plans, as Drew explains.

“When we did that, that was like, ‘Alright, we gotta keep doing this. We can’t let it be another 10 years before we do this again,’” he says.

Now that boy bands are back in fashion thanks to One Direction, it seems like a good time for 98 Degrees to return, but what will the 2013 version of the group sound like? “Well, it’s still gonna be based on the harmony and vocals. I mean, that’s our signature sound. That’s not gonna change,” explains Drew. “The production, obviously, will. You know, pop music is a lot different now than it was then, different sounds, different kind of musical influences.”

But as Drew points out, “When it all is said and done, a great song is a great song whether it was made in the ’50s or whether it’s made 30 years from now. Music is music and it can transcend time.”

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


"Dancing with the Stars" Recap: Castroneves, Lachey Booted

ABC(LOS ANGELES) -- Two former champions were voted off ABC’s Dancing with the Stars: All-Stars Tuesday night on a double elimination results show after receiving the two lowest overall totals of judges’ scores and viewer votes.

Drew Lachey, the season two champ, and his partner Anna Trebunskaya, were voted off along with season five winner Helio Castroneves and his partner, Chelsie Hightower.

After the vote was announced, Lachey said he had no regrets and would not change a thing.  The actor said when people question why he would do the show again, he tells them he “came back because this is fun.”

The Brazilian race car driver Castroneves thanked Team Penske and the IndyCar organization for letting him participate in Dancing with the Stars.  He also thanked the fans.  Hightower said they had a lot of fun together and that Castroneves had an amazing attitude and truly enjoyed the experience.

Twenty-four hours earlier Lachey and Trebunskaya had received their highest score of the competition so far -- a 24 out of a possible 30 -- after performing a cha cha that judge Carrie Ann Inaba said was tight and precise.

Castroneves and Hightower performed a quick step on Monday that judge Len Goodman said deserved to be back next week because it was so good. Bruno had agreed, calling the routine “brilliant."  They earned a total judges’ score of 25.5 out of a possible 30.

Once again, Bristol Palin and partner Mark Ballas survived another elimination, despite being at the bottom of the judges’ leader board for the second straight week.

The results show also had the couples picking dance styles for their competitors to perform next week.  Sabrina Bryan and Louis Van Amstel were assigned disco while Emmitt Smith and Cheryl Burke were assigned the bolero dance style.

Kirstie Alley and Maksim Chmerkovskiy will be performing the Charleston next week, while Bristol Palin and Mark Ballas will be performing a “rock & roll” dance style.  Melissa Rycroft and Tony Dovolani have been assigned the jitterbug, while Kelly Monaco and Valentin Chmerkovskiy will perform a routine in the contemporary dance style.  Shawn Johnson and Derek Hough will perform a mambo, and Apolo Anton Ohno and partner Karina Smirnoff will perform a hip hop routine.  Gilles Marini and Peta Murgatroyd will perform a Bollywood dance style.

The results show also featured musical performances from Frankie Moreno and Karmin.  Moreno performed a medley of “Tangerine Honey” and “Real Wild Child.”  Karmin performed a medley of “Brokenhearted” and “Hello” from the duo’s debut album.

Dancing with the Stars returns next Monday at 8 p.m. eastern time with Paula Abdul making an appearance as a guest judge.

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