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During an appearance on Monday's episode of the Pod Meets World podcast with Danielle Fishel, Rider Strong and Will Friedle, Fishel asked Bass to dream-cast a stand-in should Timberlake, 41, decide not to do a hypothetical tour with the musical group that also included JC Chasez, Joey Fatone and Chris Kirkpatrick.
"If you guys had to go on the road now as *NSYNC but you were gonna have somebody fill in for Justin — kinda like the way John Mayer is now in the Grateful Dead — who do you think you would choose to be in that role?" asked Fishel, 41.
Responded Bass, 43, "Oh, I know exactly who it would be. He's really great with harmonies. A lot of people don't know that he kinda came from, [in] college, he studied music and [he's] amazing with harmonies: Darren Criss."
Calling Criss, 35, a "great guy," Bass added, "He loves boy bands. He's from that era. He would just be the perfect fit with us."
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A graduate of the University of Michigan, Criss starred in many a musical stage production throughout his adolescence and made his Broadway debut in 2012, replacing Daniel Radcliffe in the revival of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying for a three-week run.
Before his TV breakout role as Blaine Anderson on Glee beginning in late 2010, he co-founded theater company StarKid Productions and was known by Harry Potter fans for playing the boy-wizard lead role (made famous onscreen by Radcliffe, 33) in several of StarKid's musical-parody productions.
Additionally, Criss received both Emmy and Golden Globe Awards for his role as killer Andrew Cunanan in 2018's The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story.
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And Criss is already versed in at least two *NSYNC songs, having joined Chasez, 46, for a 2018 St. Patrick's Day show in which they performed acoustic versions of the group's early hits "I Want You Back" and "Tearin' Up My Heart."
*NSYNC formed in 1995 and became one of the most beloved boy bands ever, rivaling the Backstreet Boys. After they went on their Celebrity Tour in 2002, which earned nearly $30 million, the group went on a hiatus, which has lasted 20 years.