Derek Hough Returning as a Judge to Replace Len Goodman on 'Dancing with the Stars'

Lois Oladejo
Sep 09, 2020
10:00 A.M.
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It has just been confirmed that Derek Hough will make his return to the "Dancing With The Stars" show, where he is set to replace Len Goodman as a judge.  



was announced in a tweet

shared by "Good Morning America" that the famous ballroom dancer, Derek Hough, would return to the show in a judge's capacity.  

He is to replace Len Goodman, who is stranded in the UK due to the novel coronavirus restrictions. Goodman will remain a part of the show and will keep sharing his dancehall proficiency remotely. 

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


ABC first hinted at Hough's return to the show last week in a tweet shared by "Good Morning America." The tweet suggested that the talented 35-year-old dancer will return to the show; however, it did not specify the role he would fill. 

Shortly after his role as a judge was announced, Hough took to his Twitter page to address the subject. He wrote:

"Cats out of the bag:) Looking forward to being Back in the Ballroom. This show has and will always be incredibly special to me..."


Avid viewers of "Dancing With The Stars" will remember Hough and his prowess on the dance floor. He has competed on the show for 17 seasons and has won a total of six times. 

Hough solidified his place in the show's record book after his mirrorball win in the 17th season finale; his partner had been Amber Riley at the time, making it the first time an African American woman won the show

The famous dancer won a ton of international dance competitions before joining "Dancing With The Stars."


Season 23 was reportedly the last time he competed on the show as a professional. His partner was Marilu Henner, and they placed sixth. 

It's not hard to see why Hough is such a great dancer; after all, he does come from a family of dancers, including his grandparents. 


Hough's parents sent him to London at a young age, to study dance under the tutelage of Corky and Shirley Ballas. His sister, Julianne Hough, later joined him, and they eventually joined Corky and Shirley's son, Mark, in the pop group "2B1G," short for "2 Boys, 1 Girl."

Derek attended and subsequently taught dance at the Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts. The famous dancer won a ton of international dance competitions before joining "Dancing with the Stars" in its fourth season.

Derek joined the show, then, as a guest instructor for his sister, Julianne, and her partner, Apolo Anton, and the pair won the competition.  

Now that it has been revealed he will be bringing his experience as an instructor and participant to the table as a judge, fans can't wait to see who will be able to meet his standards. 


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