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May 08, 2012 at 07:10 PM EDT

Backstreet Boy Nick Carter is going to find himself in the middle of some major drama on 90210.

Playing himself in a cameo on tonight’s episode, Carter winds up at Madison’s (Caitlin Thompson) bachelorette party after Naomi (AnnaLynne McCord) develops a scheme to break Madison and Max apart. The best way to do that? Temptation, says Naomi in the exclusive clip below, “and what screams temptation more than a Backstreet Boy with his shirt off?”

For Carter, shirtless or not, he was simply pleased to get back into the acting saddle. “I haven’t done [any acting] in a while because I’ve been touring like crazy,” says the singer, whose band is currently on tour with New Kids on the Block. “So I called up my agent and [asked] if there are any opportunities, and they came back with 90210. Even though it was a cameo and I would have rather played a part — an actual character — I took it up to get my face back out there and get my feet wet again.”

Or in this case, his shirt wet. But that’s far from the only disaster he finds himself in the middle of during the episode. “There definitely was some drama because [Madison and I] are caught in a backroom,” he says. “They bust through the door, take photos, and they expect us to be doing something dirty — but it ends up backfiring.”

Perhaps Naomi needs a lesson in executing plans from Carter and his fellow Backstreet Boys, who last week made a surprise announcement that member Kevin Richardson, who left the group in 2006, would be returning. “It had been in the works for about the past year,” reveals Carter. “We were deciding when we wanted to release the information — should we do it on a grand scale? But then we were at [London’s] O2 arena, doing two back-to-back sold out shows in front of 50,000 people…so we took the opportunity to share the secret with the fans because ultimately it was about them.”

With the band whole again, Carter says the current plan is to return to London in July to start a new album. “We’ve had meetings and conversations and talking about music, and I think we’re all on the same page. And I’ve always respected [Kevin] musically, and I think it’s a really good dynamic,” he says. “I think it’s going to be great.”

Until then, check out this clip of Carter from tonight’s episode of 90210, airing at 8 pm ET:


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