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JC Chasez: 'N Sync Reunion at MTV VMAs "Was Really About" Justin Timberlake, No Tour in the Works

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Did your heart skip a beat when all five members of 'N Sync reunited onstage for the first time in years last night at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards?

Well, thank goodness for Internet clips, because they're going "Bye Bye Bye" again for the forseeable future.

On Ryan Seacrest's KIIS-FM morning show, JC Chasez explained that 'N Sync's reunion was all about supporting Justin Timberlake in honor of him receiving the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award—and not about getting the band back together for more than one night.

A no-strings-attached gig, if you will.

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"It was a matter of time. Everybody would ask us, ‘When are you guys going to do something?'" Chasez told Seacrest. "Literally just a few days ago, Justin gave me a buzz and he pretty much said, 'Hey man, listen, I'm getting this award and they've given me a pile of time to perform, and we started our careers at MTV and I think we should get the band back together.'"

"We did," he added. "Just for a minute, though. It really was about [Timberlake], and all that he's accomplished...He wanted to acknowledge that part of his career, and so we all decided to do it."

And their fans loved them for it, with the social media reaction to their brief medley being overwhelmingly positive, minus the "too short!" complaints.

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And Chasez said that it pretty much felt like old times for the old-timers.

"Two minutes after seeing everybody you feel like no time has passed," he described catching up with Timberlake, Joey Fatone, Chris Kirkpatrick and Lance Bass. "Essentially everybody has remained the same. And again, we all see each other at different times, working on different things, but this is the first time that we had a rehearsal together in over 10 years. So everybody's going, 'Can we go through this slowly one more time?'

"That part was pretty funny," he added, "but...30 minutes from the rehearsal, everything is memory, muscle memory, and everything started to click, and before you know it we were good to go."

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'N Sync, MTV Video Music Awards Kevin Mazur/WireImage for MTV

As for the performance itself—the "worst-kept secret ever," Chasez admitted—"it was a lot of fun, it was great for laughs and we hope that people enjoyed it," he said.

As for why the 'N Sync reunion failed to be a big surprise, as Timberlake wanted it to be, Chasez said that all of them were stumped.

"When I say I didn't tell anyone, I was, like, lying to people," he recalled his efforts to keep the secret. "Look, if only six or seven people know, no one is going to be able to find out. And I'm telling you, I don't know if there are cameras in the ceiling, is unbelievable. We were in rehearsal and all of a sudden Lance walks in and he's like, 'Everybody knows now'...and we were like, 'How in the world did these people figure it out?'"

Twitter just knows things about stuff that people are going to absolutely go nutty over sometimes.

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