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‘DWTS’ Begins Revealing Cast Lineup, Announcing a Backstreet Boys Member Has Joined

by Jacklyn Krol
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Season 29 of Dancing With The Stars is shaping up to be a must-see with the reported addition of a Backstreet Boy!

The Backstreet Boy Dancing With The Stars Cast Member

Sources confirmed to Entertainment Tonight that AJ McLean will be joining the cast of DWTS. The only official cast announcement has been Kaitlyn Bristowe.

McLean shared an update with fans on his five month fitness journey via Instagram on Monday (August 24). He shared a video of his newly toned abs and spoke about his body transformation and teased the upcoming competition.

“I’m on a very strict diet, grain-free, gluten-free, sugar-free, no sodas of any kind, and completely sober for almost nine months,” he explained. “This amazing, but rigorous, workout is all due to my amazing trainer, Mr. Bobby Strong. He’s been a huge asset in my transformation, trying to get myself prepared and ready for what’s to come in the next few weeks.”

“A lot of surprises coming from me,” he added. “I can’t tell you guys exactly what yet but I’m doing this for two reasons: one, to get in the best shape of my life, and to be healthy and to be happy, physically, mentally, and emotionally, and there’s something else coming up. Can’t tell you what it is but believe me you’ll know why based on that.”

See the video, below.


The First Backstreet Boy on ‘DWTS’

McLean will follow in fellow member Nick Carter’s footsteps on the dancing competition show. Carter famously took second play in Season 21 with pro-dancer Sharna Burgess.

Carter revealed that he was insecure about his dancing skills prior to joining Dancing With The Stars.

“Well, from what I had heard from Joey Fatone [*NSYNC member and former contestant] and a lot of other friends who have done the show is that it actually is really physically challenging,” he told Y100 Radio. “It also mentally challenges you, and I like the challenge. I’ve been on hiatus a little bit in between tours with Backstreet Boys and I thought this would be a great way to stay in shape. I like to push myself to do things that make me uncomfortable because then I can grow, I can evolve.”

“The show pushes you to that next level,” he admitted. “It’s live – you get one shot to do it, to be good or to not be good. You’re judged and in that judging process you’re learning stuff about yourself because you’re allowing other people to critique you. I like that; I enjoy that.”

Carter revealed that he wanted to try doing something by himself without his group. “For several years I’ve been known to the world not necessarily for what I am capable of doing as a solo artist, as a singer and as a dancer,” he added. “I’m in a great place in my life where I am comfortable in my own skin. I’ve gone through my hardships and I realize I’m very fortunate to have this opportunity to go out there and show the good side of Nick Carter versus the bad – versus the alcohol, the drugs, the women, the old life. Now that the bad stuff isn’t overshadowing the good, I’m able to show right now.”