Back in the early ’00s, when shows on MTV focused on this thing called “music,” the cornerstone of the channel’s programming was Total Request Live — or as most might remember it, TRL.
A fresh take on the American Bandstand model retooled for Generation Y, TRL combined live performances by artists such as ‘Nsync, Eminem and Britney Spears with a user-selected music video countdown. If you, too, spent many summers glued to the television during the afternoon to see if your favorite artist made it to #1 that day — you know exactly the kind of teenage fangirl/fanboy wonder TRL inspired in us all.
Throughout TRL’s 10 year run, viewers were guided through the days’ countdowns by a variety of hip, personable MTV VJs. Carson Daly, arguably TRL’s best-known host, managed to remain in the public eye post-MTV — but what about the other VJs who passed through TRL’s hallowed studios?
Luckily for curious fans, Buzzfeed investigated the current goings-on of our favorite VJs. So, in case you’ve ever wondered what happened to resident TRL hipster Suchin Pak, or ’00s cutie Damien Fahey, or even one-named wonder Quddus — they’ve got you covered. (Don’t worry, they’re all still alive.)