Derek Hough
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Full Name Derek Hough
Gender Male
Date of Birth May 17, 1985
Hair Color blonde
Family Julianne Hough (sister)
Job Pro Partner (5–11, 13–21, 23–)
First Season Season 5
Duration 2007–present

Derek Hough (born May 17, 1985) is an American dancer and choreographer. He is known best for his work, since September 2007, on the U.S. television dance-competition series Dancing with the Stars, on which he has won a record five seasons. He also won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Choreography in 2013 for three routines that he choreographed on the show.

Hough has also acted in several stage productions such as in the 2006 original production of Footloose: The Musical at the Novelo Theatre in London's West End. He also starred in Make Your Move, a 2013 Romeo and Juliet-inspired South Korean-American independent dance film.

He holds a world champion title in Under 21 Latin American Dance

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Dancing with the StarsEdit

Hough made his first appearance on Dancing With The Stars in season four (week 6) as a guest instructor with Julianne and Apolo Anton Ohno.[18] He then joined the cast of professional instructors in season five and was paired with Jennie Garth.[19] Hough and Garth eliminated in the semi-finals finishing the competition in fourth place.[20]

For season six, Hough was paired with actress Shannon Elizabeth.[21] They were eliminated from the show on April 29, 2008, finishing the competition in sixth place.[22]

For season seven, Hough was partnered with model/TV host Brooke Burke.[23] In rehearsal on October 4, 2008, Hough tripped and fell, hitting his head on the floor and momentarily blacked out. He was sent to the hospital, but sustained no injuries.[24] Hough and Burke earned the mirror ball trophy and won season seven on November 25, 2008.[25]

For season eight, Hough was paired with rapper Lil' Kim.[26] They were eliminated on May 5, 2009, from the show finishing in fifth place.[27]

For season nine, Hough was partnered with model Joanna Krupa.[28] They were eliminated during week nine, the semi-finals, on November 17, 2009, finishing fourth.[29]

For season ten, Hough was partnered with Nicole Scherzinger, the lead singer from the singing group Pussycat Dolls and former member of Eden's Crush.[30] The couple reached to the finals and won the competition on May 25, 2010.[31] That was the second win for Hough.

For season eleven, Hough won for the third time with actress Jennifer Grey, known for her film roles on Dirty Dancing and Ferris Bueller's Day Off, on November 23, 2010.[32]

Hough did not participate in season 12 in order to be a part of the film COBU 3D (later renamed to Make your Move 3D).[33] For season 13, he was partnered with actress and TV host Ricki Lake, known playing the original Tracy Turnblad in Hairspray.[34] Lake scored consistently high the whole season and ended up in third place.[35]

For season 14, Hough partnered with television personality Maria Menounos.[36] In week seven, the couple earned the first 30 of the season and topped the leader board the first time in the season.[37] The couple made it to the semi-finals but were eliminated after they finished at the top of the leader board.[38] Menounos became the second celebrity in Dancing With the Stars history to be eliminated on a night where she came in first place with the judges (the first was Willa Ford in season three).[citation needed]

For season 15 (All Stars), Hough was paired with season eight champion, Shawn Johnson.[39] They were runners-up to Melissa Rycroft and Tony Dovolani.[40]

On July 27, 2012 Hough announced that season 15 would be his last, calling it his "last hurrah".[41] Few months later, on February 22, 2013, Hough announced that he would be back for season 16, stating on his Twitter account, “Wasn’t sure if I was able to do this season because of my other projects, but worked it out so I can do both. #pumped.”.[42] He was partnered with country singer and former American Idol contestant, Kellie Pickler.[43] On May 21, 2013, Pickler was crowned season 16 champion, marking the fourth time Derek won the Mirror Ball trophy, and made him the only pro to have won four Mirror Balls.[44]

On August 2, 2013, Hough confirmed that he would be back for season 17 via an interview with Access Hollywood.[45] The cast for season 17 was announced on September 4, 2013. Hough's partner for season 17 was Glee star Amber Riley.[46][47] Riley was crowned season 17 champion, historically marking the fifth time Hough has won the Mirror Ball trophy, and made him once again the only pro to have won five Mirror Balls.[48]

For season 18, Hough was paired with paralympic snowboarder, Amy Purdy.[49] In the finale on May 20, 2014, the couple was runner-up for the season, behind Meryl Davis and her partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy.[50]

On August 13, 2014, ABC announced that Hough would be back for the 19th season along with 11 more professional dancers, while the celebrity partners will be revealed on September 4.[51][52]


Hough's DWTS pro average is 26.75.[citation needed] Joanna Krupa's Argentine Tango and Shawn Johnson's Fusion are not included in his average.

He is the only professional dancer to win five Mirror Ball Trophies, and the first who achieved twice back-to-back wins. He has earned 34 perfect scores of 30s and 194 perfect 10s over the seasons (the perfect score and tens Johnson got with Ballas are not included).

Hough is the only pro of the show who won all 11 team/group dances that he was part of during the seasons. As well, Hough is the only professional dancer to score a perfect 10 with each one of his celebrity partners.

Hough and Riley, his dance partner for season 17, got a 27 in the first week of competition, dancing the Cha cha. This is the highest score ever given in the first week on the show. It was only given once in the past to Kristi Yamaguchi and Mark Ballas on season six, when they danced the foxtrot. Later, on season 18, Charlie White also got the same score for his first dance.

Celebrity partners[edit]Edit
Season Partner Place Average


5 Jennie Garth 4th 25.7
6 Shannon Elizabeth 6th 24.5
7 Brooke Burke 1st 27.1
8 Lil' Kim 5th 25.8
9 Joanna Krupa 4th 25.5
10 Nicole Scherzinger 1st 27.5
11 Jennifer Grey 1st 27.2
13 Ricki Lake 3rd 26.7
14 Maria Menounos 4th 26.8
15 Shawn Johnson 2nd 27.9
16 Kellie Pickler 1st 27.4
17 Amber Riley 1st 27.8
18 Amy Purdy 2nd 27.9
19 Bethany Mota



                                              20        Nastia Liukin          4th     TBA

Performance history[edit]Edit

Season 5: celebrity partner Jennie Garth; average: 25.7; placed: 4th

Season 6: celebrity partner: Shannon Elizabeth; average: 24.5; placed: 6th

Season 7: celebrity partner: Brooke Burke; average: 27.1; placed: 1st

Season 8: celebrity partner: Lil' Kim; average: 25.8; placed: 5th

Season 9: celebrity partner: Joanna Krupa; average: 25.5; placed: 4th

Season 10: celebrity partner: Nicole Scherzinger; average: 27.5; placed: 1st

Season 11: celebrity partner: Jennifer Grey; average: 27.2; placed: 1st

Season 13: celebrity Partner: Ricki Lake; Average: 26.7; Placed: 3rd

Season 14: celebrity partner: Maria Menounos; average: 26.8; placed: 4th

Season 15: celebrity partner: Shawn Johnson; average: 27.9; Placed: 2nd

Season 16: Celebrity partner: Kellie Pickler; average: 27.4; placed: 1st

Season 17: Celebrity partner: Amber Riley; average: 27.8 ; placed: 1st

Season 18: Celebrity partner: Amy Purdy; average: 27.9 ; placed: 2nd