AJ McLean's Body Transformation since Joining DWTS — How Much Weight Has He Lost?

Afouda Bamidele
Oct 12, 2020
11:00 P.M.
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Backstreet Boys member AJ McLean got candid about his physical transformation since joining season 29 of “Dancing with the Stars” and how much weight he has lost.


As season 29 of “Dancing with the Stars” continues, celebrity contestant AJ McLean has not only improved his dancing skills but has undergone an epic body transformation that has left his fans in awe.

McLean, whose partner is “DWTS” pro dancer Cheryl Burke, recently opened up about his journey in the dancing competition during an interview with US Weekly

AJ McLean attends the 54th Academy Of Country Music Awards at MGM Grand Hotel & Casino on April 07, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. | Photo: Getty Images.


The Backstreet Boys member noted that he had shed about 3.6 kg, losing almost 0.45 kg every week since he began training for the dancing show.

Burke, who joined him in the interview, noted that she has always urged her partner to eat. However, he claimed that he eats well but somehow still keeps losing weight every week.

[AJ McLean] was announced as the second celebrity to join season 29 of “DWTS” in August.


McLean explained that he takes breakfast, after which comes a little portion of lunch and then dinner, but still he keeps losing weight. Talking about how the competition can immensely affect the body, Burke said:

“I don’t think people understand though how many calories [you burn]. It’s not just you running on a treadmill [while training], so you end up burning way more calories.”


For the 42-year-old singer, getting fit didn’t start during “Dancing with the Stars” as he confirmed that he began working out to lose weight as early as March. By September shortly before he was announced as part of the cast, he had dropped a whopping 6.8 kg.

He unveiled his epic weight loss in a side by side photo of his before and after on Instagram. In the post, McLean was seen on the left looking fleshy while wearing a white v-neck and on the right looking fit in a white singlet. In the accompanying caption, the father-of-two wrote:

“The transformation is unrecognizable and I couldn’t be happier. Still got a way to go but now that I’m dancing like I never have before it’s coming.”


Fans may recall that the singer was announced as the second celebrity to join season 29 of “DWTS” in August.  During an interview to discuss the announcement, McLean who has daughters Ava Jaymes, 7, and Lyric Dean, 3, with his wife of nine years, Rochelle, disclosed that his family was thrilled. 

He also spoke about discussing the competition with his bandmate Nick Carter, who was the first runner up for season 21. McLean isn’t the only celebrity who has undergone an epic weight loss while participating in “Dancing with the Stars.”

Singer Lauren Alaina lost 9kg as well as former White House press secretary, Sean Spicer. “Property Brothers” star, Drew Scott, actress Sasha Pieterse, Olympic figure skater Tonya Harding and reality star Amber Rose are part of the long list.