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Derek Hough Returns To Dancing With The Stars

August 05, 2013 07:17 AM by Stephanie Gustafson

Fans still disappointed by the disappearance of the hunky Maksim Chmerkovskiy were devastated to hear that the blonde wonder Derek Hough might be following in Maks’ footsteps. Fortunately, the rumors have been proven false — Derek will be back on Dancing With The Stars this fall!

There will be plenty of changes taking place during the upcoming season of Dancing With The Stars, but Derek Hough’s presence will not be one of them. When asked about his plans by Access Hollywood, Derek said that he is definitely planning on returning to the reality competition, “And the format’s changing. We’ve got one show a week now.”

The transition to weekly shows has been a controversial one, with many fans feeling that emulating the recent ratings disaster of So You Think You Can Dance is not the way to go. But Derek disagrees with this assessment, explaining that, by condensing everything into one episode, fans will be spared from sitting through some of the filler that makes its way into the results show as the season finale approaches. “I think it’ll make a better show, more jam packed. And so I’m excited about it.”

We’re more excited about Derek’s return than the new DWTS format, but even better news exists — apparently, Derek is starring in a brand new reality show on ABC! The series is called Family Dance Off, and it will debut on August 25th. Derek says, “It’s a very fun show…It’s for the average person to get up there and dance and rock it.”

Are you happy to see Derek Hough in not one, but two reality shows this fall? And what do you think of Dancing With The Stars’ new format? Feel free to share your opinion in the comments section below!

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6 Responses to “Derek Hough Returns To Dancing With The Stars”

  1. Elizabeth Says:
    August 5th, 2013 at 11:15 am

    He’s rough , He’s tough ….he’s Derek Hough ! glad he is back.

  2. Kate Says:
    August 5th, 2013 at 9:27 pm

    Derek is the reason I watch DWTS. His showmanship, dancing and fantastic choreography is unparalleled on that show. I think this is his year and he will get an Emmy for his choreography. He is nominated twice this year.

  3. Roseann Says:
    August 6th, 2013 at 7:51 pm

    I’m delighted that Derek is returning but I hope that with the new format they have left some room for him to do a couple of special dances during the season. That rotating room dance last season was out of this world fantastic. I also will appreciate not having as much drama and artificial jeopardy for the contestants. But whether the new format as a whole will be good I reserve judgement. I’ll wait and see what they do.

  4. Andrea Says:
    August 8th, 2013 at 8:28 am

    Derek is a great dancer and choreographer! I love to watch him perform. I do however want to see him work with a partner who is not a natural dancer. I want to see if he can make a non dancer into a good one. With the exception of Shannon Elizabeth, all of his partners have been dancers or natural dancers it appears. I want to see him with a challenge.

  5. Mari Says:
    August 11th, 2013 at 6:12 pm

    I am so glad Derek will be on this season. He is the one constant in the show for me… consistently great dancer and phenomenal choreographer. Would love to see Julianne do a dance routine with him, they make an awesome team. All the pros are extremely talented but imo Derek stands out as the best!!

  6. DeDee Says:
    September 26th, 2013 at 6:09 pm

    Derek Hough “is” Dancing with the Stars.
    It was greatly disappointing when Julianne left the show. She and Derek dancing together is a dazzling delight; unlike most any other couple. His phenomenal talent as a choreographer and delicious handsomeness keep me coming back for more. ABC needs to put up the ante, whatever the limit, to keep this lovely Dancing Star.


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