Dancing with the Stars partners Cheryl Burke and AJ McLean stunned fans with a major Instagram announcement just moments after taking the floor together for their first dance on the Season 29 debut of the competition series.
AJ revealed on the social media site that he and Cheryl will be working outside the ballroom together on a podcast titled Pretty Messed Up.
The program will focus on their lives on and off the set of the competition series and will also touch other personal issues as well as the struggle of addiction and recovery. AJ shared the information alongside a photo of himself and Cheryl.
The two sat next to one another in the image. Cheryl wore her dark hair straight and cut into a fashionable shoulder-length bob. It was worn parted to one side. She rocked a sparkling pink shirt. The oversized neckline fell seductively over her left shoulder in the snap. She smiled directly at the photographer.
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Meet #TeamPrettyMessedUp!! Not only are @cherylburke and I #DWTS partners, we are also launching a new podcast TONIGHT with @iheartradio and my good friend @renejr, appropriately titled @prettymesseduppodcast. We are getting into everything, from our journey on @dancingabc, to our families, friends and even digging into the topics of mental health and addiction. I’m so grateful for all of you and am looking forward to bringing you into our honest conversations. The first episode drops tonight at 12am PST, watch for the link later in my stories!!
AJ sported a black sweatshirt with a hood. Atop its front was a purple and pink graphic. With that, he wore a large dark-colored, wide-brimmed hat. His beard and mustache were neatly trimmed and framed his wide smile.
In a slide that immediately followed the first photograph, the dancing duo shared the logo for their radio show, which was made available to listeners on September 15.
Fans of the dance duo loved the chance to be able to learn even more about them via their new venture.
“Discussing mental health & addiction and normalizing it is so important; thank you,” wrote one follower.
“This is awesome! So proud of you! I hope you win the mirrorball but it looks like you’re already winning!!” posted a second fan.
“I love you guys as a duo!! GREAT JOB!” commented a third viewer.
“This is amazing! Will def be turning in and u guys looked great out there!!” said a fourth fan followed by two thumbs up emoji.
Both have been quarantined away from their spouses and families since beginning their dance journey. Cheryl is married to actor Matthew Lawrence. AJ is wed to wife Rochelle and the couple shares two children, Ava and Lyric. This way, they remain in a protected environment and only have contact with each other as a safety measure set in place for the dance competition. This also protects the other competitors in case someone falls ill with coronavirus over the next two months as the celebrities and their professional partners strut their stuff in the ballroom.