Backstreet Boys star AJ McLean will put his boy band skills to the test in season 29 of “Dancing With the Stars”.
The 42-year-old singer confirmed Thursday that he is joining the cast, along with “The Bachelorette” star Kaitlyn Bristowe. We do not yet know who will be his professional partner.
McLean told Good Morning America that his two daughters, ages 3 and 7, were very excited to see him on the ABC contest series.
“They are thrilled – especially my oldest,” he revealed.
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“She’s been dancing competitively for two years now and my youngest is obviously trying to follow in her big sister’s footsteps, so they’re both just thrilled. It’s going to be great for them to watch dad cut a jig on TV, ”McLean joked.
On Instagram, the singer said he was ready to win the coveted Mirrorball trophy.
“We’re going for the mirror, baby !!” I am very grateful to @dancingabc and @abcnetwork for the opportunity to join the cast of #DWTS this season. I also want to thank my wife and two daughters for letting dad go on this new adventure. I do EVERYTHING for you! Get ready, BSB Army, it’s gonna be a wild ride. Let’s do that !!!!!! ” he wrote.
McLean isn’t the first BSB member to step onto the ballroom floor. Five years ago, Nick Carter came in second in the series.
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“If there’s anyone who can have Mirrorball, it’s you,” Carter told his friend on “GMA”.
This season of “DWTS” will be unlike any other season as precautions are taken amid the coronavirus pandemic. For example, dancers (even married couples) will have to live separately for the duration of the shoot.
The rule has been implemented so that if one professional dancer is infected, the fate of the other professional in the competition will not be compromised.
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In addition, longtime hosts Tom Bergen and Erin Andrews have been replaced by Tyra Banks, judge of the “American Top Model”.
The full list of celebrities has yet to be announced.
“Dancing with the Stars” will premiere September 14 on ABC.
Fox News’ Naledi Ushe contributed to this report.