Monday night’s Dancing with the Stars episode proved to be one of the most emotional of the season for a multitude of reasons. For starters, we learned that Jeannie Mai was leaving the competition due to a health scare that required immediate surgery.
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Then, there were the routines. Nelly dedicated his rumba to his late sister, and then came the performance of AJ McLean. Leading up to him taking the stage, the Backstreet Boy opened up about his struggle with addiction and he he’s been battling it for many years throughout his life. It’s a struggle that Cheryl Burke understood as she also documented when she decided to become sober, and you could feel the emotional throughout the routine.
Was it a perfect rumba? Far from it. It didn’t even have a lot of content that was indicative of a rumba at the end of the day. He was able to draw a 24 out of 30 for the routine, which landed him in the bottom half of the leaderboard rather than the top. Yet, we didn’t think that it would really matter given that AJ has an enormous following out there — plus, he got to perform last and that gave him a chance to be remembered. There was also the relay dance that happened near the end of the episode, which gave him another opportunity for attention.
What did you think about AJ McLean’s performance on Dancing with the Stars, and then also his story?
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