Derek Hough Is Officially Returning to 'Dancing with the Stars'

Junie Sihlangu
Sep 04, 2020
04:00 A.M.

“Good Morning America” started off the week with an exciting revelation about Derek Hough’s return to “Dancing with the Stars.” It hasn’t yet been revealed what the star will be doing on the dance competition.


Derek Hough, 35, first featured on “Dancing with the Stars (DWTS)” in 2007 as a professional dancer. He last appeared on the dance competition in 2016 when he finished in sixth place with Marilu Henner.

Now, according to “Good Morning America (GMA),” the star is set to return on the show again. The show released a promo video revealing the professional dancer’s return.

Derek Hough visits Hallmark's "Home & Family" at Universal Studios Hollywood on March 08, 2019, in Universal City, California | Photo: Paul Archuleta/Getty Images

Derek Hough visits Hallmark's "Home & Family" at Universal Studios Hollywood on March 08, 2019, in Universal City, California | Photo: Paul Archuleta/Getty Images


In the clip, Hough was seen dancing and starring in the series over the years. GMA shared that the dancer would play one particular role on the show and this would be revealed next Tuesday.

Hough will be featured on season 29 of DWTS. Chances are he won’t be returning as a professional dancer but maybe he could be one of the judges.




The star has some experience as a judge as he’s been serving as one on NBC’s “World of Dance” since 2017. In his time on DWTS, Hough has won the MirrorBall trophy six times.

He’s been paired with celebrities like Kellie Pickler, Nicole Scherzinger, and Bindi Irwin. Last month, ABC announced the professional dancers, and Hough wasn’t named as one of them.



He was also not announced as one of the celebrity contestants on the show. However, the judges for the upcoming season haven’t been revealed yet.

The last season was judged by longtime stars Bruno Tomoli, Carrie Ann Inaba, and Len Goodman. It’s possible for the ABC show to change them up as they promised to do things differently for the upcoming season.



In July 2020, the network shared that it was letting go of long-term co-hosts, Tom Bergeron and Erin Andrews. Tyra Banks was announced as their replacement.


Hough also works as a choreographer and has won two Emmy Awards for his efforts on DWTS. He spent some of his teenage years in London, where he perfected his ballroom and Latin dancing skills.



The star and his sister and fellow dancer, Julianne Hough, have even toured together. He’s also written a 2014 memoir titled, “Taking the Lead: Lessons from a Life in Motion.”

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