New Kids on the Block’s Joey McIntyre was first to put his boy-band skills to the ballroom test, competing in season 1 of the series in 2005. “Step by step” he and his partner Ashly DelGrosso worked their way to third place, eliminated after performing the pasodoble to “Eye of the Tiger”. McIntyre would later join "Dancing with the Stars – The Tour".
Next up, 98 Degrees heartthrob Drew Lachey hit the ballroom floor with dance partner Cheryl Burke in season 2, in 2006. And, while their debut dance, the cha cha cha, proved their lowest-scoring performance and may have made winning the show seem like “the hardest thing”, the two would nab perfect scores with their tango, pasodoble, and freestyle performances and ultimately win the series! Lachey subsequently joined "Dancing with the Stars – The Tour", and returned to the ballroom for "Dancing with the Stars: All Stars" in 2012, where he was eliminated third.
In 2007, *NSYNC’s Joey Fatone took his “dirty pop” moves to the ballroom, paired with Kym Johnson for season 4. The couple made it to the finals and placed as runners-up. Fatone took part in "Dancing with the Stars – The Tour", returned for "Dancing with the Stars: All Stars" (eliminated second), and was a guest judge on "Boy Band and Girl Group" night in 2019.
Fatone’s bandmate, Lance Bass had a shot at taking home the prized mirrorball trophy in season seven in 2008. While Bass has said in old interviews that he didn’t know how to dance before joining *NSYNC and struggled with some of the group’s choreography, many of those challenges appeared “Gone” as he and dance partner, Lacey Schwimmer, sambaed, jitterbugged and freestyled their way into runners-up! Bass also joined “Dancing with the Stars – The Tour.”
Big Time Rush singer James Maslow was paired with New Zealand-born dancer Peta Murgatroyd for season 18 in 2014. While the actor and musician made it to the finals, he wasn’t able to follow his boy-band predecessors into the top three -- the couple were eliminated after performing a tango and freestyle. But at least he made it “halfway there!”
Carter was paired with Australian pro, Sharna Burgess, in season 21 in 2015.
The pair scored perfect scores while “Burning Up” the dancefloor with their jive and salsa, but ultimately, Bindi Irwin was “The One” to take the mirrorball trophy with her partner, Derek Hough. Carter and Burgess meanwhile placed as runners-up. However, the musician, actor and filmmaker still relished every minute on the dancefloor and wouldn’t have it “Any Other Way” when it comes to having joined the series. “Truthfully, this whole ‘Dancing with the Stars’ experience has been surprisingly so much fun,” he told us at the time. “I didn’t realise who my partner was, how great she would be and how great it is to perform with another person – just two people. The whole experience, I’m cherishing.” Carter returned to the show to be a guest judge on 2017’s Boy Bands vs Girl Groups night.
With his brother and groupmate having taken the trophy home in season 2, Nick Lachey had big shoes to fill in season 25, in 2017. Partnered with Murgatroyd, the singer did manage to “heat it up” on the dance floor, but he faced stiff competition from none other than his wife Vanessa Lachey, who competed in the same season with dance pro, Maksim Chmerkovskiy. Nick was eliminated fifth, while Vanessa lasted one extra week.
"Dancing with the Stars" is the American version of U.K. series "Strictly Come Dancing", which has also featured a number of boy-banders. During the show’s 10th season, in 2012, Westlife singer Nicky Byrne was “flying without wings” across the ballroom as he and dance partner Karen Hauer took on celebrities like Jerry Hall. The two narrowly missed out on the semifinals, placing sixth. “I remember always looking at the contestants and seeing the fear in their eyes and thinking, ‘This has a real buzz and excitement about it,’” he told Mark Meets about agreeing to the competition. “So, when Westlife ended and I was thinking about what I was going to do next, I jumped at the chance to do 'Strictly'.” Byrne continued showcasing his dance moves on the "Strictly Come Dancing" live tour in 2014.
Blue crooner Simon Webbe and professional dancer, Kristina Rihanoff, came “too close” to winning season 12 of "Strictly Come Dancing" in 2014! The “All Rise” singer placed second alongside the Saturdays musician Frankie Bridge while television presenter Caroline Flack took home the trophy. Webbe then joined the "Strictly Come Dancing" live tour in 2015.
Webbe’s groupmate Lee Ryan brought Blue back to the ballroom, competing in season 16 of "Strictly Come Dancing", in 2018. The singer, songwriter, and actor was partnered with Nadiya Bychkova; together they two managed to “Rock the Night” in the first two episodes but were eliminated in Week 3. Ryan said the competition helped him quit drinking. “In the past, [I’ve] struggled and gone to rehab, so I've just decided that drink is not good for me,” he said. "Nadiya really helped – she turned around and said, 'You should just knock it on the head.' Everyone has a strand of DNA and mine says, 'I can't have just one.' It's really good for me. It feels like quite a turnaround for my own mentality, which is not just for the show, but for me personally as well."