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Since The Mickey Mouse Club debuted in 1955, the show became known for discovering young talent, like Annette Funicello.
But it was the 1989 reboot, The All New Mickey Mouse Club, that really stood out for paving the way for future superstars in music, TV and film. Take a look at where these six MMC stars are now and flashback to their finest moments on the Disney variety show.
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Justin Timberlake wasn’t always rocking a suit and tie. From 1993 to 1995, the “Mirrors” singer sported overalls and bandanas as he covered hits like "I’ll Take you There" and “Always in My Heart.” Two years after the show’s cancellation, he teamed up with fellow Mouseketeer JC Chasez and friends Chris Kirkpatrick, Joey Fatone and Lance Bass to form ‘NSync. Justin went solo in 2002 and has already won six Grammys throughout his career. He even went back to his Mickey Mouse Club roots by acting in movies like The Social Network and Friends with Benefits. Check out Timberlake and Gosling in an opening sketch on the show.
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Britney Spears made her television debut on Star Search in 1992. Although she lost, Britney wasn’t down for long -- she received a role on The All New Mickey Mouse Club from 1993 to 1995. After the show’s cancellation, Britney went back to school for a few years, but returned to the music scene in 1998 with her hit single, “Hit Me Baby One More Time.” In 2000, Britney began dating her former co-star Justin Timberlake until 2002 (you can see their chemistry even as kids!). Although Britney’s career has had highs and lows (who can forget when she shaved her head in 2007?) she is back on track and is currently working on new music. Check out this famed duet with Spears and Timberlake.
Christina Aguilera was the pint-sized beauty with the big voice when she was on MMC from 1993 to 1995. She covered hits like "I Have Nothing" and “Real Love” -- just as flawlessly as the original singers. In 1998, the singer auditioned to sing the song “Reflection” for the movie Mulan and was signed a week after she recorded the track. She released her self-titled album a year later, which hit No. 1 on the charts. Christina won four Grammys throughout her career and is currently taking a break from The Voice to work on her own music again. Check out Aguilera belting it out on the show.
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Before Ryan Gosling memes and coloring books, the swoon-worthy actor appeared on the All New Mickey Mouse Club from 1993 to 1995. Although the cutie mainly danced backup for Justin, Britney and Christina, the practice in front of the camera helped him land Young Hercules at the age of 17. The rest is history from there, as Ryan received an Oscar nomination for best actor in Half Nelson and starred in blockbuster hits such as The Notebook and Crazy, Stupid, Love. Check out this cutie showing off his vocal skills.
Keri Russell was cast as a Mouseketeer from 1991 to 1993. However, she had a hard time becoming a big star after her departure from the show -- despite gigs on shows like Malibu Shores. She didn't get her big break until 1998, when she was cast in the career-defining show Felicity, which later earned her a Golden Globe win. Keri went on to star in films like Waitress and August Rush and is currently starring on FX's hit show The Americans. Russell is funny, too! Check out this sketch from the MMC.
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JC Chasez's voice made him a favorite when he appeared on the Disney show from 1991 to 1995. After its cancellation, he got together with cast member Timberlake and formed ‘NSync. During the group’s hiatus, he debuted his solo album Schizophrenic in 2004. Since then, he has gone into the producing and songwriting side of the music industry. Check out Chasez showing off his vocal skills with co-star Tony Lucca.