Joey Fatone talks 'Karaoke,' golf, Dwight Howard

Thu, Aug 11

Joey Fatone, an alum of 'N Sync, isn't kidding when he talks about how awful he is on the golf course.

"I'm terrible. I don't have an athletic bone in my body," said the 34-year-old Fatone, who still tries to play in charity events. "My guy Justin Timberlake ... now that guy can golf. What's my handicap? That's a good word for it."

So, while Timberlake is off playing golf and making movies, Fatone has found a home on your television screen.

He came in second place on ABC's "Dancing with the Stars" in 2007, was the host of NBC's singing competition "The Singing Bee" in 2007 and became the new announcer on "Family Feud" in 2010.

And, on Friday, he'll be hosting a new ABC show at 9 p.m. ET called "Karaoke Battle USA", which spotlights the best karaoke singers across the country.

"I've always been a fan of karaoke," said Fatone, who was born in Brooklyn before moving to Orlando at 13. "I'm a guy who has no fear -- within reason. This show crosses different genres of music and different ages."

The series about amateurs signing with recorded music will be judged by singer/TV host Carnie Wilson, music journalist Joe Levy and 2009 national karaoke champion Brian Scott. The show will showcases regional competitions in the North (Chicago), South (Houston), East (New York) and West (Las Vegas), and culminates in Los Angeles, where eight semifinalists will compete for the titles of America's Karaoke Queen and King. Winners will receive a Hollywood Records recording contract and a trip to compete at the Karaoke World Championships in Ireland this fall.

"I've been fortunate enough to be a chameleon and dabble in a lot of things and people seem to enjoy what I do," Fatone said. "My singing has paved a different road for me."

And, since he's living in Orlando, Page 2 asked who is the better singer, Shaquille O'Neal or Dwight Howard?

"So many singers think they are athletes and so many athletes think they are singers," said Fatone, who also starred as a baseball player in a Disney Channel show. "I'll say this: Shaq was more of a rapper, while Dwight is trying to sing. So I'll go with Dwight, because he's singing to kids."