Next week, the six remaining celebrities will compete on the semifinals episode

By Natalie Stone
November 09, 2020 10:53 PM

AJ McLean is hanging up his dancing shoes.

On season 29's Icons Night, the Backstreet Boys singer and pro partner Cheryl Burke were eliminated from Dancing with the Stars.

McLean, 42, was sent home from the ABC reality dancing competition series after landing in the bottom two alongside Johnny Weir and Britt Stewart, who were saved by judge Carrie Ann Inaba after Derek Hough and Bruno Tonioli's votes were split: Tonioli chose the professional figure skater while Hough selected McLean.

"You know what, this has been one hell of a ride and I could not have picked a better partner to go on this journey with," McLean said.

Cherul Burke and AJ McLean
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AJ McLean
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Monday's episode saw the celebrities dance two dances: first, a choreographed number with their pro partner later followed by a dance-off against another pair.

After performing a Viennese Waltz to Queen's "Somebody to Love" — "one of my all-time favorite icons is Freddie Mercury," said McLean, who was awarded a 23/30 — the former boy band member and Burke, 36, went against Weir and Stewart in a jive dance-off. Although McLean was chosen by the judges as the winner and awarded two extra points, it wasn't enough to keep him in the competition.

Cheryl Burke and AJ McLean
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Cheryl Burke and AJ McLean; Britt Stewart and Johnny Weir
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Next week, the six remaining celebrities will compete in the semifinals: Weir, Kaitlyn Bristowe, Nev Schulman, Nelly, Skai Jackson and Justina Machado.

Dancing with the Stars airs Mondays (8 p.m. ET) on ABC.