When it came time to choose Christmas songs to record for their recently released holiday EP, pop group Big Time Rush went with a new tune, ‘Beautiful Christmas,’ and a festive classic, Mariah Carey‘s ‘All I Want for Christmas Is You.’
“Honestly, I think what they did was pick the hardest Christmas songs and were like, ‘Boys, can you do this?’” BTR member Carlos Pena, Jr. tells AOL Music.
“Like, how do four dudes cover Mariah Carey?” Kendall Schmidt says in agreement. “It was hard.”
“It’s a hard song to recreate, but it was a challenge and we were definitely up for it,” Carlos says.
The boys of Big Time Rush, who visited AOL Music’s studio for an exclusive acoustic performance, can all appreciate the talent of a pop icon like Carey — and the success of the boy bands that preceded their own careers. As Carlos says: “I was, and definitely still am, a Backstreet Boys and ‘N Sync fan.” With that in mind, we wondered what their thoughts were about the uniting of two of the biggest boy bands of all time, NKOTBSB.
“It’s a little bit funny to see now, because to think, well, at least New Kids are all well into their 40s,” Kendall says. “And Backstreet Boys are well into their 30s … It’s awesome, though. They were the two best boy bands back in the day.”
“They’re still getting it, though.” Logan Henderson says, cutting in. He jokes, “They’re gonna come after us.”
Watch Big Time Rush’s special in-studio performance of ‘Beautiful Christmas’ and the song ‘Stuck’ below. Plus, check out our full interview with the guys to find out which songs on their debut album are personal favorites, what gets them in the Christmas spirit and more.