Malcolm in the Middle star Frankie Muniz has returned to the TV spotlight in the 25th season of Dancing With the Stars. Muniz, who is partnered with Witney Carson, began the season by dancing the foxtrot to the Harry Styles song Sign of the Times.
The pair earned a score of 19 out of a possible 30, and Muniz seemed extremely happy with the performance when he posted on social media after the show.
“That was insane!!! I love dancing!!!!! Please vote for us now!!! We need your help!!!! #TEAMFRANNEYPACK,” tweeted the 31-year-old.
Muniz told US Weekly that DWTS producers had asked him to appear on the show twelve times before he decided finally to accept their offer for this season. He claimed it was his fear of dancing in public that kept him from doing the show sooner.
The former child star also said that he went to friends who had previously competed on the show for advice on whether or not to be a part of the popular reality competition.
When he finally decided to be a part of this season, he told Carson not to go easy on him, even though he has zero dance experience, because he is taking the competition seriously.
The Emmy winner said that the duo does have fun and joke around during rehearsals, but when it’s time to dance they “get through it.”
The pair joked about who their biggest competition on the show would be. Carson said it was Nick Lachey.
It’s good to see Muniz back on TV and having a good time. He took a break from acting for a few years, after Malcolm in the Middle ended its six-season run, to try a racing career, but then had some health scares. He suffered a mini-stroke in 2012 at the age of 26, and just a year later he suffered a second one. Muniz is now healthy and has fully recovered.
The former teen heartthrob also keeps himself busy as the band manager for Astro Lasso. Dancing With the Stars airs on Monday nights at 8 p.m. on ABC.