Lance Bass

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Lance Bass
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Bass in Beverly Hills, California on March 16, 2014
Born
James Lance Bass [1]

(1979-05-04) May 4, 1979 (age 39)
Other namesLansten [2]
Occupation
Years active1994–present
Spouse(s)
Michael Turchin(m. 2014)
Musical career
Genres
Instruments
Associated acts
Website LanceBass.com

James Lance Bass ( /bæs/ ; born May 4, 1979) [3] is an American singer, dancer, actor, film and television producer, and author. He grew up in Mississippi and rose to fame as the bass singer for the American pop boy band NSYNC. NSYNC's success led Bass to work in film and television. He starred in the 2001 film On the Line, which his company, Bacon & Eggs, also produced. [4] Bass later formed a second production company, Lance Bass Productions, [5] as well as a now-defunct music management company, Free Lance Entertainment, a joint venture with Mercury Records. [6]

Mississippi State of the United States of America

Mississippi is a state located in the southeastern region of the United States. Mississippi is the 32nd most extensive and 34th most populous of the 50 United States. It is bordered by Tennessee to the north, Alabama to the east, the Gulf of Mexico and Louisiana to the south, and Arkansas and Louisiana to the west. The state's western boundary is largely defined by the Mississippi River. Jackson, with a population of approximately 167,000 people, is both the state's capital and largest city.

A bass ( BAYSS) is a type of classical male singing voice and has the lowest vocal range of all voice types. According to The New Grove Dictionary of Opera, a bass is typically classified as having a vocal range extending from around the second E below middle C to the E above middle C (i.e., E2–E4). Its tessitura, or comfortable range, is normally defined by the outermost lines of the bass clef. Categories of bass voices vary according to national style and classification system. Italians favour subdividing basses into the basso cantante (singing bass), basso buffo ("funny" bass), or the dramatic basso profondo (low bass). The American system identifies the bass-baritone, comic bass, lyric bass, and dramatic bass. The German fach system offers further distinctions: Spielbass (Bassbuffo), Schwerer Spielbass (Schwerer Bassbuffo), Charakterbass (Bassbariton), and Seriöser Bass. These classification systems can overlap. Rare is the performer who embodies a single fach without also touching repertoire from another category.

A boy band is loosely defined as a vocal group consisting of young male singers, usually in their teenage years or in their twenties at the time of formation, singing love songs marketed towards young women. Being vocal groups, most boy band members do not play musical instruments, either in recording sessions or on stage, making the term something of a misnomer. However, exceptions do exist. Many boy bands dance as well as sing, usually giving highly choreographed performances.

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After completion of NSYNC's PopOdyssey Tour, Bass moved to Star City, Russia, in much publicized pursuit of a seat on a Soyuz space capsule. [5] Bass was certified by both NASA and the Russian Space Program after several months of cosmonaut training, [5] and planned to join the TMA-1 mission to the International Space Station. [7] However, after his financial sponsors backed out, Bass was denied a seat on the mission. [8]

PopOdyssey

PopOdyssey was the fourth concert tour by American boy band NSYNC. Sponsored by Verizon Long Distance and Chili's, the tour promoted the band's third studio album, Celebrity. The tour's name is defined as "an adventurous journey towards popularity, beginning as just a dream and ending in reality". The tour became the biggest production in pop music, beating U2's PopMart Tour. The 2001 tour earned over $90 million, becoming one of the biggest tours of the year. It was also nominated for "Most Creative Stage Production" for Pollstar's "Concert Industry Awards". The tour primarily visited North America with dates in Japan proposed, but never realized.

Star City, Russia

Star City is a common name of an area in Zvyozdny gorodok, Moscow Oblast, Russia, which has since the 1960s been home to the Yuri Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center (GCTC). Officially, the area was known as "closed military townlet No. 1" and at various times had also been designated as Shchyolkovo-14 (Щёлково-14) and Zvyozdny (Звёздный).

Soyuz (spacecraft) series of spacecraft designed for the Soviet space programme

Soyuz is a series of spacecraft designed for the Soviet space program by the Korolev Design Bureau in the 1960s that remains in service today. The Soyuz succeeded the Voskhod spacecraft and was originally built as part of the Soviet manned lunar programs. The Soyuz spacecraft is launched on a Soyuz rocket, the most reliable launch vehicle in the world to date. The Soyuz rocket design is based on the Vostok launcher, which in turn was based on the 8K74 or R-7A Semyorka, a Soviet intercontinental ballistic missile. All Soyuz spacecraft are launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

In July 2006, Bass came out as gay in a cover story for People magazine. [9] He was awarded the Human Rights Campaign Visibility Award in October 2006, [10] and released an autobiography, Out of Sync , in October 2007, which debuted on the New York Times Best Seller list. [11]

Homosexuality is romantic attraction, sexual attraction or sexual behavior between members of the same sex or gender. As a sexual orientation, homosexuality is "an enduring pattern of emotional, romantic, and/or sexual attractions" to people of the same sex. It "also refers to a person's sense of identity based on those attractions, related behaviors, and membership in a community of others who share those attractions."

<i>People</i> (magazine) American celebrity and human interest magazine published by Time Inc.

People is an American weekly magazine of celebrity and human-interest stories, published by Time Inc., a subsidiary of the Meredith Corporation. With a readership of 46.6 million adults, People has the largest audience of any American magazine. People had $997 million in advertising revenue in 2011, the highest advertising revenue of any American magazine. In 2006, it had a circulation of 3.75 million and revenue expected to top $1.5 billion. It was named "Magazine of the Year" by Advertising Age in October 2005, for excellence in editorial, circulation, and advertising. People ranked number 6 on Advertising Age's annual "A-list" and number 3 on Adweek's "Brand Blazers" list in October 2006.

Human Rights Campaign advocacy group

The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) is the largest LGBT civil rights advocacy group and political lobbying organization in the United States. The organization focuses on protecting and expanding rights for LGBT individuals, most notably advocating for marriage equality, anti-discrimination and hate crimes legislation, and HIV/AIDS advocacy. The organization has a number of legislative initiatives as well as supporting resources for LGBT individuals.

Early life and education

James Lance Bass was born in Laurel, Mississippi, to James Irvin Bass, Jr., a medical technologist, and Diane (née Pulliam), a middle school mathematics, English, and career discovery teacher. [1] [12] Along with his older sister, Stacy, Bass grew up in adjacent Ellisville, Mississippi, and was raised as a Southern Baptist. [13] [14] Bass has described his family as devoutly Christian and conservative [15] and has said that his childhood was "extremely happy". [1] As a young boy, Bass developed an interest in space, and at age 9 traveled to Cape Canaveral, Florida, with his father to watch his first live space shuttle launch. Of this experience Bass said, "I was certain from then on that my future was to be involved with space." [16] Shortly after, Bass attended space camp in Titusville, Florida, [17] and aspired to attend college and study engineering, with the hope that he would one day work for NASA. [18] [19]

Laurel, Mississippi City in Mississippi, United States of America

Laurel is a city in and the second county seat of Jones County, Mississippi, United States. As of the 2010 census, the city had a population of 18,540. It is located northeast of Ellisville, the first county seat, which contains the first county courthouse. Laurel has the second county courthouse, as there are two judicial districts in Jones County. Laurel is the headquarters of the Jones County Sheriff's Department, which administers in the county.

A Medical Technologist is an allied health professional that analyzes and tests body fluids and tissues. This includes blood, urine, CSF, synovial fluid, all types of tissue samples, and almost any type of sample removed from a patient for testing. They are responsible for operating and maintaining complex analyzers that are used in a laboratory and ensuring the laboratory results of each patient are accurate and timely.

Primary education first stage of compulsory education

Primary education also called an elementary education is typically the first stage of formal education, coming after preschool and before secondary education. Primary education usually takes place in a primary school or elementary school. In some countries, primary education is followed by ecosystem, an educational stage which exists in some countries, and takes place between primary school and high school college. Primary Education in Australia consists of grades foundation to grade 6. In the United States, primary education is Grades 1 - 3 and elementary education usually consists of grades 1-6.

When Bass was 11 years old, his father was transferred to a different hospital, and the family moved to Clinton, Mississippi [1] Bass began singing in his Baptist church choir, and was encouraged to audition for local performance groups by his childhood best friend, Darren Dale, [20] the youngest child of former longtime Mississippi Insurance Commissioner George Dale. Bass joined the Mississippi Show Stoppers, a statewide music group sponsored by the Mississippi Agriculture and Forestry Museum, and the Attaché Show Choir, a national-award-winning competitive show choir group at Clinton High School. He was also a member of a seven-man vocal group named Seven Card Stud, which competed at state fairs and performed at several social and political events for Senator Trent Lott. [20]

Clinton, Mississippi City in Mississippi, United States

Clinton is a city in Hinds County, Mississippi, United States. Situated in the Jackson metropolitan area, it is the tenth largest city in Mississippi. The population was 25,216 at the 2010 United States Census.

Show choir Performing art where participants sing and dance

A show choir is a group of people who combine choral singing with dance, sometimes within the context of a specific idea or story. It is most prevalent in the Midwestern United States, and was popularized by the American television show Glee. Unlike sports, not every state has sanctioning bodies to regulate the performances or standings.

Clinton High School is a secondary school located in Clinton, Mississippi.

At Clinton High School, Bass was elected vice president of his junior class [20] and has said that he performed well in math and science. [13] [21] However, Bass later stated that his primary focus during high school was singing, and when looking back, he remembers "hardly anything" about academia. [20]

Mathematics field of study concerning quantity, patterns and change

Mathematics includes the study of such topics as quantity, structure, space, and change.

Career

Music

Bass's music career has consisted primarily of his singing with NSYNC and running a small management company.

NSYNC

In 1995, during his junior year of high school, Bass received a call from Justin Timberlake and his mother, Lynn Harless, who asked Bass if he would be interested in auditioning for the pop group NSYNC after the group's original bass singer, Jason Galasso, had quit. [22] Timberlake's vocal coach (who had worked with Bass during his time as a Mississippi Show Stopper) recommended Bass as a replacement. [13] [18] [23] Bass was accepted into the group after auditioning in front of the other bandmembers and Lou Pearlman, and soon left school to move to Orlando, Florida, and rehearse full-time. [24] Bass has said that he did not know how to dance before he joined NSYNC, and therefore found much of the group's choreography difficult to learn. [18] According to an episode of VH1's Driven, Jan Boltz, president of BMG's German division, offered NSYNC a recording contract under the condition that they replace Bass, whose dancing, he felt, "wasn't at the same level as all the others." [22] However, the other members of the group refused to accept the contract without Bass, and the group's manager, Johnny Wright, convinced Bolz that Bass's dancing would quickly improve. [22] Bolz conceded, and the group soon moved to Munich, Germany to record their first album with BMG. [24] 'N Sync began extensive touring in Europe, and Bass's mother quit her job to tour with the group as a chaperone, as Bass was still a minor. [24]

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Lance Bass in 2001

After gaining significant notability in Europe, NSYNC was signed to American record label RCA in 1997. [24] The group's first single, "I Want You Back" began receiving major radio play in the United States, and NSYNC soon found themselves becoming an "overnight sensation", a period which Bass describes in his autobiography as "the death of my own innocence". [24] Along with increasing fame and recognition in the United States the band also experienced a highly publicized legal battle with Pearlman, due to what the group believed were illicit business practices on his part. [25] NSYNC sued Pearlman and his record company, Trans Continental, for defrauding the group of more than 50% of their earnings, rather than his original promise of only receiving one-sixth of the profits. [25] The group threatened to leave and sign with Jive Records, which prompted Pearlman and RCA to countersue NSYNC for $150 million US, citing breach of contract. [26] The injunction was thrown out of court [25] and, after winning back their earnings, NSYNC signed with Jive. [27]

In March 2000, NSYNC released No Strings Attached , which became the fastest-selling record of all time, [28] selling 1.1 million copies in its first day of release. [23] In 2001, the group followed up with their Celebrity album, [29] which scored the second highest first-week album sales ever, trumped only by the group's previous album. [30] NSYNC went on to sell over 56 million records worldwide. [31] In 2002, the group announced that they would be taking a "hiatus", during which Timberlake began to record solo material. [32] 'N Sync has not recorded new material since, and Bass has stated that he feels the group has officially disbanded. [33]

In 2007, Bass stated that he had faith Timberlake would return after six months off to record another album with NSYNC, and that he felt betrayed by Timberlake's 2004 decision to pursue his solo career instead. [32] Bass has also said that he has little hope for a reunion, since Timberlake has "made it clear that he wouldn't be interested in discussing another album any time soon." [33] Despite these statements, Bass has denied that he harbors any ill feelings towards Timberlake, saying: "At that time... it did feel like betrayal. I felt heartbroken. All these emotions went through me. Today, I'm really happy, and Justin and I are really great friends. I don't hate him at all. And I understand what he was going through, and it was as hard for him as it was for any of us." [14]

Free Lance Entertainment

In 2000, Bass formed a music management company named Free Lance Entertainment, which was a joint venture with Mercury Nashville, a division of Mercury Records. [6] Vowing to keep the company "a strictly family-run operation," Bass employed his parents and sister as talent scouts, and recruited childhood friend and aspiring country singer Meredith Edwards for the company's first release. [34] Edwards began touring with NSYNC as an opening act in the fall of 2000, [34] and Bass teamed up with MTV to hold a nationwide talent search for more artists later that year. [35] However, Free Lance soon folded after disappointing sales of Edwards's debut album, Reach . [35] [36]

Acting

Film, television and theater

Bass guest-starred on the WB drama series 7th Heaven , playing Rick Palmer, a love interest for Beverley Mitchell's character, Lucy. [37] The following year, while NSYNC was in the midst of recording Celebrity, Bass received his first starring role in the 2001 motion picture On The Line . [38] Bass played Kevin, a man who falls in love with a woman on a Chicago train and begins a search to find her again. The film was produced by Bass's production company, A Happy Place (later renamed Bacon & Eggs), and featured appearances by Jerry Stiller, Al Green, Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora, former WWE wrestler Chyna, and Bass's bandmates Timberlake, Kirkpatrick and Fatone, the latter in a major role. [38] The film also featured a soundtrack which included previously unreleased songs by NSYNC and Britney Spears. Bass collaborated with Joey Fatone, Mandy Moore, Christian Burns and True Vibe (as the "On The Line Allstars") for the film's theme song, "On The Line". [39]

Despite heavy marketing towards NSYNC teen fans, the film was a commercial failure, grossing only $4.2 million US domestically despite its $10 million US budget. [40] The film, along with Bass's acting, was also poorly received by critics. [40] Bass later said that he felt the film's success was greatly hindered by its release date, which came one week after the World Trade Center attacks of September 11, 2001. In his 2007 autobiography, Bass wrote, "That was it – our film was finished... once the country went to war, there was no way our film was going to be on anyone's top-priority list." [41]

After On The Line, Bass appeared in Zoolander and Wes Craven's Cursed as himself, and played a wedding singer in I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry . [42] Bass has also lent his voice to several animated television programs, such as Robot Chicken and Disney's Kim Possible , Handy Manny and Higglytown Heroes . [43] In the video game realm, Bass voiced the Final Fantasy VII character Sephiroth in Kingdom Hearts . [43] On August 14, 2007, Bass began a six-month stint playing Corny Collins in the Broadway musical Hairspray , coinciding with the play's five-year stage anniversary. [44] He ended his run in Hairspray on January 6, 2008. [44] Bass made an appearance in the 2008 film Tropic Thunder . As a guest star in the 2013 Gravity Falls episode "Boyz Crazy", Bass plays in the boy band, Sev'ral Timez (which is a parody of NSYNC). In 2014, Bass guest starred on an episode of the Comedy Central series, Review , in which he visited space along with the show's lead character.

In 2015, Bass joined season two of The Meredith Vieira Show as a full-time contributing panelist. [45]

Bass and his mother competed with other duos in the FOX reality cooking series My Kitchen Rules . [46]

Dancing with the Stars

Bass was a contestant on Season 7 of Dancing with the Stars , and was paired with swing dance champ Lacey Schwimmer. Bass and Schwimmer reached the grand finale in competition with Brooke Burke partnering with Derek Hough and Warren Sapp partnering with Kym Johnson. Lance Bass finished in third place [47] with the title going to Burke.

Week #Dance/SongJudges' scoreResult
InabaGoodmanTonioli
1, Night 1 Cha-Cha-Cha/"Jumpin' Jack Flash"868Safe
1, Night 2 Quickstep/"Close To Me"768Safe
2 Paso Doble/"I Kissed A Girl"767Safe
3 Viennese Waltz/"Let Me Leave"877Last to be Called Safe
4 Tango/"Disturbia"989Safe
5 West Coast Swing/"Breakin' Dishes"777Safe
6 Jive/"Tutti Frutti"
Old School Hip Hop/"It Takes Two
9
No
9*
Scores
9
Given
Safe
7 Rumba/"Your Body Is A Wonderland"
Team Cha-Cha-Cha/"Mercy"
9
6
7
7
9
7
Safe
8 Foxtrot/"Sweet Pea"
Samba/"1 Thing"
9
8
8
7
9
9
Safe
9
Semi-finals
Mambo/"Straight to Number One'"
Jitterbug/"Jim Dandy"
10
10
9
9
9
10
Safe
10
Finals
Samba/"Blame It on the Boogie"
Freestyle/"It's Tricky"
Jitterbug/"Jim Dandy"
9
9
9
8
9
9
9
9
10
Third place

Production

In January 2001, Bass formed his first film production company, A Happy Place, with film producers Rich Hull, Wendy Thorlakson and Joe Anderson. [48] The company was geared towards family-friendly films, [37] and received the Movieguide award for "Excellence in Family-Oriented Programming" for its first feature film, On the Line. [49] After On The Line, A Happy Place changed its name to Bacon & Eggs [48] and produced its second feature film, Lovewrecked , in 2005. The film debuted on the ABC Family Channel in January 2007, and starred Amanda Bynes, Chris Carmack and Jamie-Lynn Sigler, with Bass in a minor role. This too received mostly negative reviews.

Bass later formed a separate production company named Lance Bass Productions. [5] On May 14, 2007, Brian Graden announced that Lance Bass Productions would be working with the Logo network in executive producing a reality television show about the music business. [50] [51] It was reported that the show will focus on the creation and development of an all-gay boy band. [52] To date no such project has been developed or aired.

In 2008, Bass co-produced The Grand , [53] and Bass's company is reported to be developing a music docudrama about the life of rock bands on tour. [54]

In October 2011, Bass debuted his own boy band called Heart2Heart. [55] In August 2013, Bass became an executive producer of the documentary film Kidnapped for Christ along with Mike C. Manning. The film sheds light on controversial behavior modification methods used on children, sent there by their parents, at an Evangelical Christian reform school in the Dominican Republic. [56] The film was sold to Showtime, to be released on television July 10, 2014. [57]

Radio

Bass hosted Dirty Pop with Lance Bass, a daily evening drive time radio show focusing on pop culture and entertainment news on OutQ, a LGBT-geared station on Sirius XM. [58] Bass was also the host of the weekly "Pop2Kountdown" on Pop2K, which counts down the 30 biggest hits from that week from a different year in the 2000s.

Personal life

Bass dated actress Danielle Fishel of TV's Boy Meets World throughout 1999 and 2000. [59] Fishel stated that she was heavily invested in the relationship, commenting that she was "so in love" with Bass. [60] Bass ended the relationship after one year, [14] and continued to exclusively date women until he was 22. [61]

In his autobiography, Bass documents two gay relationships that predated media speculation; one with a Miami, Florida, native named Jesse, with whom Bass lived for two years, and another with an Idaho native named Joe. [62] Bass began dating Amazing Race winner Reichen Lehmkuhl in early 2006, a courtship that garnered tabloid coverage and led to Bass's decision to come out. [9] Bass described his relationship with Lehmkuhl as "very stable"; [9] however, the couple split several months later. [63] Shortly after his split with Lehmkuhl, Bass briefly dated Brazilian model and LXTV host Pedro Andrade. [64] From August 2007 to March 2008, Bass dated New York-based hairdresser Ben Thigpen. [65] [66] [67] After a year and a half of dating, Bass became engaged to Michael Turchin in September 2013. [68] Bass and Turchin married on December 20, 2014 in Los Angeles. [69]

In a 2006 interview, Bass stated that he has Attention-Deficit Disorder. [70] Bass's favorite music bands are Aerosmith, the Goo Goo Dolls, and Journey, [51] and his favorite actress is Lucille Ball, whom he grew up watching on I Love Lucy re-runs. [71] He is a self-described "huge Dr. Seuss fan", devoting an entire room in his Jackson, Mississippi estate to Seuss memorabilia. [71] [72] Bass has said that he is a Christian and that he regularly attends church, [73] [74] [75] though he considers himself to be non-denominational. [14] He is the godfather of former bandmate Joey Fatone's daughters, Briahna and Kloey. Bass and Fatone are best friends. [76]

Sexual orientation

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Bass in Atlanta, Georgia, October 2007

Bass came out as gay in a cover story for People magazine on July 26, 2006. [9] There had been considerable media speculation about his orientation due to numerous paparazzi snapshots of him at gay bars and nightclubs, most notably during the preceding Independence Day weekend in Provincetown, Massachusetts. [77] Celebrity gossip blogger Perez Hilton had also been posting items on his website about Bass's orientation since September 2005, [78] and New York gossip column Page Six ran a blurb on July 12, 2006, that reported a sighting of Bass at a gay bar with his then-boyfriend, Reichen Lehmkuhl. [77] Bass's publicist, Ken Sunshine, chose to release the story exclusively to People magazine, who bumped actor Johnny Depp off that week's cover in favor of Bass. [79] In his coming out interview, Bass stated,

The thing is, I'm not ashamed – that's the one thing I want to say. I don't think it's wrong, I'm not devastated going through this. I'm more liberated and happy than I've been my whole life. I'm just happy. [9]

Bass's announcement received a large amount of media attention. The American public's reaction was generally positive, with Bass receiving "overwhelming support" from many teenagers and young adults who grew up listening to 'N Sync. [80] However, Bass received criticism from the LGBT community when he referred to himself and his friends as "straight-acting" in his People interview, stating, "I call them the SAGs – the straight-acting gays. We're just normal, typical guys. I love to watch football and drink beer." [61] This comment angered some members of the LGBT community, who believed that Bass not only implied that effeminate gay men were not 'normal', but further enforced unneeded stereotypes. [80] [81] In a 2007 interview with The Advocate , Bass called his comment a "mistake" and noted that he was unaware of the negative implications surrounding the term. [79] Bass stated, "Every community is hard to please. Our community is very fickle. It's a touchy community because it's the last civil rights movement we have left here in America. So when someone new like myself comes along and says off-the-mark things, yeah, I can see how people would get pissed." [79]

Bass found himself in the midst of further controversy later that year when he, along with then-boyfriend Reichen Lehmkuhl, was awarded the 2006 Human Rights Campaign Visibility Award on October 7, 2006. [10] The Washington Blade printed a guest editorial from a long-time HRC supporter who claimed that neither recipient had done enough to deserve the award and that The Human Rights Campaign was simply capitalizing on Bass's fame to sell tickets. [82] The Human Rights Campaign stood by Bass and defended his award, responding to critics by saying, "Bass is the biggest music star since Melissa Etheridge to come out, and maybe some people think HRC should just ignore these moments of cultural significance, but his declaration did initiate a positive, national conversation that continues today." [83]

Relationship and marriage

Bass began dating painter and actor Michael Turchin in January 2011 and they became engaged in September 2013. They married on December 20, 2014 at the Park Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles. Former NSYNC bandmates Joey Fatone, Chris Kirkpatrick and JC Chasez were in attendance; Justin Timberlake, who was then headlining his The 20/20 Experience World Tour, was not present. [84] The ceremonial event was filmed and televised in a special E! presentation: Lance Loves Michael: The Lance Bass Wedding that aired on February 5, 2015. [85] Bass and Turchin were the first same-sex couple to exchange vows on cable television. [86] After four years of marriage, the couple decided to extend their family and have a child with the help of a surrogate. [87] [88]

Spaceflight plans

In February 2002, Lena Banks, a space advocate and founder/producer of Think Tank Ink Productions, contacted Lance Bass to propose his involvement in her Youngest Person in Space project. Banks brought her longtime associate David Krieff of Destiny Productions on board and through a series of events in August 2002, Bass entered cosmonaut training in Star City, Russia. [16] Bass was considered as the US host of a space competition show to be entitled The Big Mission, which had been successful in Denmark, in which several contestants would go through rigorous training in order to win a seat on a Russian Soyuz space capsule. However, the game show concept was reconsidered, as the producers of the show decided it would be a much better idea to shoot a documentary of a celebrity actually training and going into space, and airing it on a major network. Lena Banks came up with the idea of the Youngest Person in Space many years before Dennis Tito had his historical flight. Through a series of events in early 2002 the chance of using Bass was presented when a colleague mentioned her space project to a friend and the friend's daughter shouted out, "Lance Bass wants to go into space!" The girl, who was an NSYNC fan, learned of Bass' lifelong dream of space travel when she read it online via a MTV forum. [16] Lena Banks spoke to Lance Bass's management who then went to him with the proposal. "At first he thought we were joking," Lena Banks remarks. "I assured him it was for real; he accepted and we moved forward with the project."

In order to be admitted into training, Bass had to go through strenuous physicals that saved his life. It was discovered he had cardiac arrhythmia, and he agreed to undergo heart surgery to correct it. Prior to this, in 1999, he collapsed after a concert because of his condition. [89] After several months of training, Bass received cosmonaut certification and went on to Houston's Johnson Space Center (JSC) to take part in astronaut training. He was scheduled to fly into space on the Soyuz TMA-1 mission that was to be launched on October 30, 2002. The capsule was scheduled to fly to the International Space Station and land in a desert in Kazakhstan. [7]

Several months before Bass was scheduled to fly, the original deal to air the documentary about Bass fell through. Bass's camp turned to MTV, who initially agreed to sponsor the trip but then backed out over "payment, insurance, and indemnification issues." [16] Shortly after, all of Bass's other sponsorships fell through, including one sponsor that pulled out because they worried about the image of their brand possibly being tarnished if Bass were to die on the mission. [16] Bass was eventually rejected from the program, and was replaced on the flight by Russian cosmonauts Yury Lonchakov, Sergei Zalyotin and Belgium's Frank De Winne. [8]

Space advocacy

In 2003, Bass began serving as World Space Week's Youth Spokesman. [16] Bass has stated that he believes young people becoming more interested in space exploration "will help the future of our planet". [90] From 2003 to 2005, Bass spent World Space Week traveling to American high schools speaking with students about space exploration and encouraging them to explore careers in the fields of science and mathematics. [19] Bass is a member of the National Space Society, a non-profit educational space advocacy organization founded by Dr. Wernher von Braun. [19] Bass has served on the National Space Society's Board of governors since October 2004, alongside other space advocates such as actor Tom Hanks and author and futurist Sir Arthur C. Clarke. [19] In a 2007 interview with GQ magazine, Bass stated that he "absolutely" still intends on going to space, and that he hopes to work on a space documentary. [64] Bass has also retained fluency in Russian, which he was required to learn during his training. [65]

Autobiography

Following public response surrounding his coming out, Bass announced that he was releasing an autobiography. The book, entitled Out of Sync, was published on October 23, 2007. [91] It was co-written by The New York Times best-selling biographer Marc Eliot, who also wrote the book's introduction, and was published by Simon Spotlight Entertainment, a division of Simon & Schuster. [51] [92] The 208-page book covers what Bass describes as "the first chapter" in his life, from his childhood growing up in rural Mississippi, to his efforts to obtain a seat on a Russian space capsule and the proceeding financial issues he had with his sponsors, and culminating with Bass's decision to go public with his sexuality. [91] The book includes details about boyfriends that he kept from family and friends, and recounts NSYNC's 2002 decision to go on an "extended hiatus". Bass stated that Justin Timberlake was the sole reason NSYNC did not get back together. [51] [92] Out of Sync debuted on the New York Times Best Seller list for the week of November 11, 2007. [11]

Philanthropy and causes

Bass has been involved with a number of charities during his career. In 2001, Bass founded The Lance Bass Foundation, a non-profit organization that was designed to meet the health needs of low-income children. [5] In 2003, Bass donated $30,000 US to establish the Amber Pulliam Special Education Endowment at The University of Southern Mississippi. [93] The endowment is in honor of his younger cousin, Amber Pulliam, who has Down syndrome, and was established to financially aid students from Mississippi's Pine Belt who plan a career in special education. [93]

After 2005's Hurricane Katrina, Bass launched "uBid For Hurricane Relief", a celebrity auction to benefit victims of the hurricane, with uBid.com. [94] Proceeds from the auction were split between the Child Welfare League of America, The Brett Favre Fourward Foundation, and Ashton Kutcher's RockWorks Foundation. [94] Many of Bass's family members in Mississippi were directly affected by the hurricane. [95] That same year, Bass appeared on an episode of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition with a donation to a Russian woman to save a camp for disabled children in Russia. [96]

Bass is a member of the Environmental Media Association's board of directors. [97] He has also been involved with Animal Avengers, Shannon Elizabeth's animal rescue organization. [98] He has two dogs which he adopted from a rescue shelter, both of whom he posed with in a PETA ad urging people to adopt rather than buy animals. [99] In August 2007, Bass wrote a guest commentary for LOGO's "Visible Vote '08" blog, in which he expressed support for gay marriage. [100] In September 2007, Bass participated in a series of GLAAD television advertisements promoting tolerance for the LGBT community. [101] Bass has also been involved in fundraising for the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network. [102]

Discography

NSYNC

Filmography

Film

YearTitleRoleNotes
2000 Longshot Flight Engineer
2001 On The Line Kevin
2001 Zoolander HimselfCameo appearance
2005 Cursed HimselfCameo appearance
2005 Love Wrecked Dan
2007 I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry Himself (Band Leader)
2008 Tropic Thunder HimselfCameo appearance
2014 Such Good People Stuart Hedron
2015 Hell & Back Boy Band DemonVoice
2019 The Boy Band Con: The Lou Pearlman Story HimselfYouTube Premium

Television

YearTitleRoleNotes
2000 7th Heaven Rick PalmerGuest role, episode: "Who Do You Trust?"
2000 All That HimselfGuest
2001 The Simpsons HimselfEpisode: "New Kids on the Blecch" (Guest voice)
2004 Kim Possible RobbieVoice, episode: "Oh Boyz"
2004 Higglytown Heroes Electrician HeroVoice only (Credited as James Lance Bass)
2005 Robot Chicken HimselfVoice
2006–2012 Handy Manny ElliotVoice, 8 episodes
2006 Game Show Marathon 4th row (green) on The Price is RightEpisode: "Match Game"
2008 Rick and Steve HimselfEpisode: "Death of a Lesbian Bed"
2011 Drop Dead Diva Jamie (Talent Scout)Episode: "Prom"
2012 Keeping Up with the Kardashians HimselfEpisode: "Affairs of the Everhart"
2013 Gravity Falls Sev'ral TimezGuest voice, episode: "Boyz Crazy"
2013 Cupcake Wars HimselfGuest judge
2014 Review HimselfEpisode: "Best Friend; Space"
2014 Real Husbands of Hollywood HimselfEpisode: "Don't Vote For Nick"
2015 The Meredith Vieira Show HimselfFull-time panelist
2015 BoJack Horseman HimselfEpisode: "Out to Sea"
2015 Hand of God JerryEpisode: "Your Inside Voice"
2016 Celebrity Family Feud HimselfEpisode: "Lance Bass vs. Kellie Pickler"
2016 Finding Prince Charming HimselfHost
2016 Beat Bobby Flay HimselfHost
2017 My Kitchen Rules HimselfContestant, teamed with his mother
2017 90's House HimselfHost
2018 Adam Ruins Everything HimselfEpisode: "Adam Ruins Sleep" [103]

Video games

YearTitleRoleNotes
2002 Kingdom Hearts Sephiroth Voice
2013 Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 Remix SephirothVoice (archive footage)

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