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AGT judges give 'world's gayest boyband' The Other Direction standing ovation

The guys first met at the age of 12 in middle school and vowed to form a band in their 20s

2021-06-25

Words: Jamie Tabberer; picture: NBC

Move over Village People: there's another act vying for the title of "world's gayest boyband."

And they're called - somewhat brilliantly - The Other Direction.

Comprised of Alex the Jock, Norm the Cowboy, Jason the Party Boy, Greg the Mama Bear and Devin the Fashionista (that's how they introduced themselves, FYI), the band appeared on this week's episode of long-running talent show America's Got Talent.

Where, against the odds, they brought the house down.

"We made a pact that when we were 21 we would come together"

"We actually met at middle school at show choir camp and we all came out to each other while we were there," Jason told the judges.

"We made a pact that when we were 21 we would come together and form the world's gayest boyband."

Judges Howie Mandel, Sofia Vergara and Heidi Klum seemed taken with the boys, with Simon Cowell even offering a rare note of encouragement before their audition: "I hope this goes really, really well - good luck."

The five-piece then performed their original song 'Girl, You're the Best.' 

Featuring lyrics like "I can't paint your toenails in my hot tub - and you can paint mine," and "I love you, but not like that," the track features plenty of comedy but also some genuinely impressive harmonies.

The guys then received a standing ovation from Howie, Sofia and Heidi, with Simon saying: "I think you guys are very clever, I've got to hand it to you.

"What made me laugh is I've auditioned so many boy bands who are so terrible. This was different. And it was a well-written song."

Naturally, the guys sailed through their audition. Stay tuned for more!

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