“[On 'DWTS' Casting] It's always good to bring new people in. You definitely get a new vibe. For example, I was brought onto the show in season five, as well as my sister (Julianne Hough) in season four. You have to change it up sometimes and it gives us reason to not be so complacent. It's always a good dynamic.”
“I enjoy being a student and learning. I don’t think you should ever stop being a student. That’s where the most creative ideas come from. Teaching is a blessing as well because I get to share what I’ve learned and my passion for creative movement with people.”
Derek Hough (born in Salt Lake City, Utah on May 17, 1985) is a dancer, choreographer, musician, and actor. He’s appeared on Dancing with the Stars as a professional dancer, since September 2007, first competing in season five. The only season he didn’t compete in was season 12. He is a three-time champion and one-time finalist. Prior to DWTS, he starred as Ren in the 2006 original cast production of Footloose: The Musical in London’s West End. He made his Broadway debut in January of 2010 in Burn The Floor. Derek announced on July 27, 2012 that his season 15 all-star pairing with Shawn Johnson would be his last, calling it his “last hurrah”.
Best Known For:
Competing as a professional partner on Dancing with the Stars since 2007.
Derek is single, but he has previously been linked to Lauren Conrad, Cheryl Cole, and Katherine Jenkins. He and Nina Dobrev briefly dated in the fall of 2013.