There are “Blue Bloods” fans, Donnie Wahlberg fans, and New Kids on the Block fans. The great majority of them appreciate all three, but it’s a rare and special occurrence when all three overlap. Why would they? Donnie plays an entirely different person on the show. For all we know, NKOTB doesn’t even exist in the “Blue Bloods” universe. But when a golden opportunity to incorporate Wahlberg’s beloved boy band arose during an episode of the show recently, fans jumped all over it.
During the Season 12 premiere at the beginning of October, Donnie Wahlberg’s Danny Reagan found himself in a familiar situation. Familiar to the actor, at least. On stage, a microphone in his hand—he was in his element. That’s right. It was karaoke night.
You can already see where this is going. Much to the dismay of New Kids on the Block fans everywhere, Wahlberg’s character performed a Stones cover. For many, it was a missed opportunity. Of course, fans still appreciated Wahlberg injecting a bit of his talent into the Danny Reagan character.
As it happens, Wahlberg intended the scene to be a nod to his NKOTB fans. He took to Twitter following the “Blue Bloods” season premiere.
As one would expect, fans had a great time watching the three entities overlap.
Ah so you had nothing to do with it?? I am sure you had a say. You love to shake it a little!!! I say bring on more of it! Danny needs a little bit of Donnie every now and then hahaha!— Heather (@champaggne) October 2, 2021
‘Blue Bloods’ Star Donnie Wahlberg Used to Incorporate NKOTB Song Titles at Random Moments During Episodes
So Donnie Wahlberg didn’t sing one of his NKOTB classics during karaoke night. But the “Blue Bloods” star has dabbled in NKOTB references on the show before. He did so in hilarious fashion, for that matter.
Back in Season 1, Donnie snuck a bunch of his song titles past his scene partners. Leave it to the fans at home to pick up on the references.
“The first season I snuck a New Kids On The Block title in every episode. So I would tell, like Bridget’s character, ‘Hey, hang tough’ and ‘Call It What You Want,’ ‘Step by Step.’ I was speaking in song titles pretty much every episode and nobody was really catching it because of the way I did it. But my music fans and the [NKOTB] fans definitely were catching it. And every week they would hashtag whatever the song title was. It would usually end up trending on Twitter. I love it,” Wahlberg said during a 2019 interview with Showbiz CheatSheet.