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Hollywood Life: Nelly Thinks BSB Star AJ McLean Is the Strongest Competitor on DWTS

Bettina Dizon
Sep 17, 2020
01:00 A.M.
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Although the season barely began, Nelly already knows that Backstreet Boys’ AJ McLean is his “toughest competition” as he has an outstanding choreography pick up from experience.


The hit competition show “Dancing With The Stars” is back for season 29, and fans are excited but still adapting to the many changes the program made all at once. Meanwhile, the stars are hard at work to compete and get all the moves right.

Nelly, one of the celebrity contestants, shared a glimpse of his life as a competitor and his forecast on who will remain up to the few final rounds. Here’s what he had to say.

Nelly during V-103 Winterfest at Philips Arena on December 19, 2015 in Atlanta, Georgia. | Source: Getty Images



In an interview with Hollywood Life, the Grammy Award-winning artist revealed that Backstreet Boys’ AJ McLean has the most advantage and will probably make it to the last round. He said:

“You know, he has been jamming for a long time and picking up choreography. He has been trying to downplay it, but AJ be moving. He be moving, bro! I think he is the toughest competition.”

As a rapper, Nelly is used to performing as well, but “Dancing With The Stars” is a new world for him that cannot have his past experiences count as preparation for the competition.



The 45-year-old admitted that he is “out of the comfort zone” and heavily focuses on getting the right choreography when on the floor. However, he has been hard at work in hopes that things play out well.

Tyra Banks will be the new lone female host of the show, which Bergeron reacted to on social media.

Although Nelly’s pro partner has yet to be revealed, the “Dilemma” artist praised her for helping him move with every beat as he finds difficulty getting his groove on the dancefloor.

Nelly during the Los Angeles Premiere Of "Can't Stop Won't Stop" at Writers Guild of America, West on June 21, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. | Source: Getty Images



Season 29’s celebrity lineup was previously revealed on “Good Morning America.” It included MTV host Nev Schulman, “Selling Sunset” star Chrishell Stause, actress and YouTuber Skai Jackson, “The Real” co-host Jeannie Mai, and former NBA star Charles Oakley.

Actors and actresses Justina Machado, Anne Heche, Jesse Metcalfe, Carole Baskin, and Kaitlyn Bristowe will also be competing along with athletes Varnon Davis, Johnny Weir, and Monica Aldama.

The celebrities will be competing alongside the show’s pro dancers, including recruits, Daniella Karagach and Britt Stewart. Sadly, Lindsay Arnold and Witney Carson will not be among the dancers this season.



Several changes were made to this “DWTS’” new season, including the replacement of longtime host, Tom Bergeron, and his co-host, Erin Andrews. Tyra Banks will be the new lone female host of the show, which Bergeron reacted to on social media.

“I guess I won’t be getting back my monogrammed towels,” the host quipped on Twitter, referring to himself and the supermodel having the same initials, T and B.

The comedian stood as the show’s host for 15 years and received recognition for his stint, including an Emmy Award for Outstanding Host for a Reality or Reality-Competition Program.