With more than 800,000 votes cast, Big Time Rush has been declared the winner of PARADE magazine and Wetpaint Entertainment’s first annual Boy Band smackdown, and appear on the cover of Sunday’s 8/5 issue. Runners-up were British band One Direction.
Writer Connie Schultz visited with Nickelodeon’s boy band — Kendall Schmidt, 21, Logan Henderson, 22, Carlos Pena Jr., 22 and James Maslow, 22 — and discovered that behind the throngs of hyperventilating girls is a group of twentysomething pop singers who appreciate every fan.
Read the full interview in this Sunday's issue of PARADE.
When asked if they like each other as much as it seems, they light up like fireflies.
Logan: "Yeah We argue like brothers, but we love each other.”
It was the band members themselves who came up with the name Big Time Rush, or BTR to fans.
Logan: “[Nickelodeon] had Go Big Time, but we couldn’t stand it.”
They’re serious about their music; like prefab boy bands before them, they’re learning to exercise creative control. They cowrote eight of the songs on Elevate.
James: “The second time around we were like, ‘This is our band. We should be contributing to what it is.'"
Kendall: “We also decided, ‘Hey, we’re grown men. We can pick out our own shoes for the cover.’”
And they take special care with their fans. They know what it feels like to be treated badly by someone they admire.
Kendall: “How many artists have you seen just walk away and act like it’s not important?”
Carlos: “I hate meeting my favorite bands because then it just ruins it.”
James: “Yeah. They act like they’re better, and nobody’s better than somebody else. By all means, we’re not perfect, but I think the least we can do for our fans is be nice.”
Logan: “For us to even say hi to someone, to change their day around or change something inside of them—that’s a pretty cool feeling.”