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Backstreet Boys' AJ McLean Desribes What Happened to Him When He Toured the Scientology Megacenter in Los Angeles

Backstreet Boys’ AJ McLean is speaking out about an experience he had with Scientology.

During an appearance on the “Pretty Messed Up” podcast, he described visiting the “megacenter” years ago when he lived in the area.

“At the time, I was living in Los Feliz right down the street from the megacenter of Scientology, so I was curious. I didn’t know what it was, I didn’t know anything about it. But I wanted to not go alone, so I took a friend with me,” he said. “They brought us to this media room and they sat us down and they said would you mind watching this short film? And we watched this short film, it was about 15 minutes long, and then I said OK, well, that was interesting and we went to leave and the door was locked. They wouldn’t let us out and they replayed the same film again … they played it three times until someone heard me knocking.”

He said that experience “freaked [him] out” because it seemed “like a brainwashing technique” and it did not “seem normal to [him].”

Also appearing on the podcast was Leah Remini, who has spoken out about her experience leaving the Church of Scientology. She slammed one of Scientology’s most-famous members recently.

Cheryl Burke Calls Out 'DWTS' Scoring as 'Not Consistent'

AJ McLean and his pro partner Cheryl Burke were eliminated from Dancing with the Stars last night.

Cheryl had some words about the scoring after being very confident she and her celeb partner would move on to the semi-finals no problem.

“There’s rules in ballroom, and as far a I’m concerned this is a ballroom show, I thought,” Cheryl told ET, saying scoring week to week with the contestants is “just not consistent.”

“I already had his other two routines choreographed for the Semi-Finals,” Cheryl continued. “Normally I’m not that confident going in, but I was like, ‘For sure, there’s no way [we'll get eliminated].’”

On getting eliminated, AJ said, “I’ve always been one to bow out from whatever the situation is with ease and grace and with a lot of gratitude. Honest to God, I’ve made a lot of great friends here, both on the stage and off the stage.”

He added, “It still sucks, it’s a major bummer, but there’s also kind of a sense of relief and calmness as well, because life goes on,” he added. “And my wife has been holding down the fort like a trooper… because this is seven days a week, every week.”

See the full recap from last night’s episode.

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DWTS Pro Cheryl Burke Might Not Perform Tonight After Suffering Head Injury

Cheryl Burke may or may not be dancing tonight on Dancing With The Stars.

People reports that the 36-year-old pro dancer, who is paired with Backstreet Boys singer AJ McLean, suffered a head injury during rehearsals over the weekend.

In a clip from their rehearsal, it looks like Cheryl lost her footing and it caused her head to slam against the ballroom floor.

“Cheryl and I were practicing during stage rehearsal and it did not go well,” AJ shared in the short video. “It happened so fast, I just heard her head hit the floor.”

The site reports that a medic was called and examined her on scene.

While Cheryl was advised to take the rest of the day off, it is still unknown if the pro will be well enough to perform during tonight’s show.

Cheryl and AJ are set to perform a tango set to “Psycho” by the Intermezzo Orchestra.

If you missed it, you can see which couple was eliminated from the competition last week…

AJ McLean Is Joining 'Dancing With The Stars' Season 29!

UPDATE 8/27/2020: This news has been confirmed on Good Morning America!


AJ McLean could be showing off his dance moves on the ballroom floor, as it’s rumored he’ll be joining the cast of Dancing With The Stars for the upcoming season.

The report, via Entertainment Tonight, says that the Backstreet Boy singer will join the cast alongside Bachelorette star Kaitlyn Bristowe, who is still the only confirmed cast member as of right now.

AJ‘s bandmate Nick Carter competed on the show in season 21 with partner Sharna Burgess, placing 2nd.

AJ hinted that he could be joining the show in an Instagram video.

“A lot of surprises coming from me,” he teased. “I can’t tell you guys exactly what yet but I’m doing this for two reasons: one, to get in the best shape of my life, and to be healthy and to be happy, physically, mentally, and emotionally, and there’s something else coming up. Can’t tell you what it is but believe me you’ll know why based on that.”

Earlier this morning, the show also confirmed that new dad Artem Chigvintsev is returning to the show, alongside all these other pro dancers.

See which Netflix star is also rumored to be joining the show here!

Backstreet Boys Greet Fans at Airport in Brazil After Canceling Concert Due To Coronavirus

Backstreet Boys are still making time for their fans amid the ongoing coronavirus outbreak!

The guys – Kevin Richardson, Nick Carter and AJ McLean – were spotted arriving at the airport in Sao Paulo together to catch a flight out of the country on Sunday (March 15) in Brazil.

The Backstreet Boys announced the day before that their their concert in Sao Paolo had to be canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic. The group shared the news with fans via Twitter, explaining that they were abiding by restrictions put in place by the state’s governor.

A ton of current tours both domestically and internationally have been postponed as a result of the massive Coronavirus pandemic. Find out what else has been shut down due to coronavirus.

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Backstreet Boys Say Ryan Gosling Told Them Their Band Was 'Never Gonna Work' (Video)

The Backstreet Boys stopped by The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on Tuesday night (February 11) and revealed that their longtime pal Ryan Gosling didn’t always believe the band would work out.

The boy band were tasked by host Jimmy to put some of the most pervasive rumors of their career to rest, like their old roommate Ryan Gosling almost joining the band during his Mickey Mouse Club days.

“Long story short, we used to live in the same apartment complex when he was doing The Mickey Mouse Club. Him, Justin [Timberlake], Christina [Aguilera], Britney [Spears], all of them,” AJ McLean said. “We were playing basketball almost every other day. The group had started. I kept telling him how big this was gonna be. And he’s like, ‘Dude. New Kids [on the Block] already did it. This is never gonna work. Just shoot the ball.’”

“Cut to he was wrong and it did work,” McLean quipped. “It worked out for him too,” Nick Carter added.

The guys – which also includes members Kevin Richardson, Brian Littrell and Howie Dorough – also talked about never feuding with *NSYNC, their first time singing together 26 years ago, how their band formed and how their band is like a marriage.

Click inside to watch more of the Backstreet Boys’ appearance on The Tonight Show…More Here! »

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Backstreet Boys Become a Barbershop Quartet for 'Thong Song' Performance with Jimmy Fallon

Did you ever think you’d get to see the Backstreet Boys perform the Sisqo hit “Thong Song?” Well, now you can!

The boy band joined Jimmy Fallon for a barbershop quartet version of the song during the latest episode of The Tonight Show on Tuesday (February 11) in New York City.

“The @backstreetboys and I perform an all new Ragtime Gal’s song tonight!!” Jimmy teased on his Twitter account before the episode aired.

The Backstreet Boys just announced that they will be extending their DNA World Tour with a 45-date trek this summer.

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