If you caught the latest episode of Dancing with the Stars last night, you saw that all of the Backstreet Boys members came out to be in the audience to support Nick Carter. We recently caught up with AJ McLean, and he tells us that he's become a staple in the cheering section and really loves watching his friend and bandmate grow.
"I could not be more of a proud older brother. I think Nick is really blossoming," AJ dishes to TWIST exclusively. "He's always been an amazing performer, but this is a whole other world. I know I grew up doing these dances, I grew up dancing my entire life, I was classically trained in ballet, jazz, tap, hip hop, I tried gymnastics and failed miserably and went back to ballet... so for me I think I would fit right in. I never tried the foxtrot and all these things but I think I would pick it up pretty well. Nick, I know has never done any of this. He's learned and he's matured on this show, with the schedule and discipline."
"That group performance with Nightmare Before Christmas was the highlight of the season," AJ recalls of his favorite moment of the show. "I'm like fangirling, I haven't missed any shows except one week, and only because we were flying in. I was so mad, I told my wife 'Don't tell me what happens!' because she was there with my daughter, and I stayed off social media because I didn't want to know what went on."
"Nick is fried, I know. He told me he doesn't want to get to the end because he's tired, but obviously he's not going to throw a dance, he's going to bust his buns because he's right there," AJ tells us. "It's so much pressure, I can't even imagine, you have like 2 days to put together huge routines and learn solo stuff. I'm not envious of them."
So does that mean he won't be hitting the ballroom himself, then?
"I was asked by Sharna [Burgess] if I would do next season, and I thought not the next season, but maybe the season after," he tells us. "I don't know, it might be hard to be away from my daughter. I'm away from her enough as it is and it sucks."
So what's his prediction for this season's victors? "I think it's going to come down to Bindi and Nick," AJ shares. We shall see!
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