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Derek Hough        

Dancer, Emmy Award Winner for Outstanding Choreography & Five-Time Mirror Ball Champion of ABC's "Dancing with the Stars"

Emmy Award-winning Derek Hough, the only six-time champion in franchise history of the hit ABC show Dancing with the Stars, started dancing in his hometown of Salt Lake City, UT, at age 11. Just one year later, he moved to London to live and train with the top dance coaches in the world and attend performing arts school where he studied theatre, music and dance.

A multi-talented entertainer and five-time Emmy nominee for choreography, Hough was seen in a starring role for director Duane Adler and producer Robert Cort in "Make Your Move" in 2014. Acting opposite Korean pop sensation BoA, "Make Your Move" tells the story of star-crossed dancers in New York find themselves at the center of a bitter rivalry between their brothers' underground dance clubs. Hough performed in London's West End where he starred as the male lead in the critically acclaimed stage version of "Footloose," was one of the featured dancers on the Dancing with the Stars Tour and a choreographer on the BBC (UK) hit show, "Dance X."

With celebrity partners on "Dancing with the Stars" that have included Joanna Krupa, Lil' Kim and current host Brooke Burke, Shannon Elizabeth, Jennie Garth, Ricki Lake, Kellie Pickler, Amber Riley, Nicole Scherzinger, Jennifer Grey and recent champion Bindi Irwin, Hough is best known for his innovation and daring choreography on the show. His work has brought him Emmy nominations and inquiries from the film and music world regarding his dance knowledge and ability.

In addition to choreographing the hit music video “Parachute” for British popstar Cheryl Cole, Hough performed live with her on her 2010 concert tour in England and France to rave reviews and standing ovations. Hough’s professional ballroom accolades include, World Under 21 Latin American Champion, Two-time Open British Champion (Blackpool), Two-time International 'Open to the World Champion' and Two-time US Open Champion.

Hough is known around the world thanks to his dancing skills, but growing up, Hough says he was bullied and the fact he was a dancer made him an easy target. Since then, he has been an anti-bullying advocate and opened up about his experiences.

In 2020, it was revealed after much speculation that Hough would replace longtime "Dancing With the Stars" judge Len Goodman.


‘Dancing With The Stars’ Judge Derek Hough Strikes Overall Deal With ABC Entertainment
Dancing With The Stars new judge Derek Hough is to host and develop a range of entertainment projects with ABC Entertainment after striking an overall deal with the broadcaster.

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