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

Hough starred as Ren in the 2006 original cast production of Footloose: The Musical at the Novelo Theatre in London's West End, as well as on the 2006 UK national tour. Hough's West End performance earned him a nomination as The Stuart Phillips London Newcomer of the Year in the Whatsonstage.com Theatregoers' Choice Awards. Hough made his Broadway debut on January 8, 2010, starring with Kym Johnson and Mary Murphy in Burn the Floor for the final four performances of the show's Broadway run. A founding member of the Ballas Hough Band (formerly Almost Amy), Hough shares lead vocals, plays guitar and has several songwriting credits on the band's self-titled debut CD, released by Hollywood Records in March 2009.

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

Early life

Hough grew up the fourth of five children in a Latter-day Saint (Mormon) family in Sandy, Utah, a suburb of Salt Lake City. He has four sisters, three who are older and Julianne, who is younger. All four of Hough's grandparents were dancers, and his parents met while on a ballroom dancing team in college, in Idaho.

When Hough was 12 years old, his parents sent him to London to live and study with dance coaches, Corky and Shirley Ballas. Hough's sister Julianne joined him in London several months later. Originally intending to stay for a year, Hough remained in London for ten years. (Julianne returned after five years.) The Ballases helped tutor the two Hough children alongside their own son, Mark Ballas, schooling them at the Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts. They received training in song, theater, gymnastics and many forms of dance, including jazz, ballet and tap. The three children formed their own pop music trio 2B1G ("2 Boys, 1 Girl") and performed at dance competitions in the UK and the U.S., and showcased UK television show.


He attended and subsequently taught at the Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts.

Before this, Hough's theatre work included playing the lead in Jesus Christ Superstar at the Millfield Theatre, and dancing in the company in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang at the London Palladium.

Hough is a former IDSF World Youth Latin Champion (2002) for Poland with Aneta Piotrowska. He has won the LA Outstanding Dancer of the Year and the New York Dance Alliance Outstanding Dance awards.

Hough is one of Bruno Tonioli's panelists on BBC One's DanceX, the first episode of which aired on July 14, 2007. Hough choreographed and performed in Cheryl Cole's Parachute music video, after being introduced to her by Tonioli.

On April 18, 2013, Hough announced that he had started working with the world champion ice dancers Meryl Davis and Charlie White on a number for their short dance program that had to contain quickstep and foxtrot rhythms. About this opportunity, Hough said it was an honor that they asked him to do it. "I started working on a very special routine that's not for the show [Dancing with the stars]. I'm choreographing a number for our world champion ice dancers Meryl Davis and Charlie White to perform at the Olympics next year. They graciously asked me to do it and how could I say no? It's truly an honor and they're amazing."

Dancing with the Stars

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. He then joined the cast of professional instructors in season five and was paired with Jennie Garth. Hough and Garth competed in the semi-finals and were the ninth couple eliminated from the competition.

For season six, Hough was paired with actress Shannon Elizabeth. They were eliminated from the show in week seven.

For season seven, Hough was partnered with model/TV host Brooke Burke. 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. Hough and Burke earned the mirror ball trophy and won season seven.

For season eight, Hough was paired with rapper Lil' Kim. They were eliminated from the show in week nine.

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

For season ten, Hough won with partner Nicole Scherzinger, the lead singer from the singing group Pussycat Dolls and former member of Eden's Crush.

For season eleven, Hough won with actress Jennifer Grey, known for her film roles on Dirty Dancing and Ferris Bueller's Day Off.

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), but he did return for season 13. For season 13, he was partnered with actress and TV host Ricki Lake, known playing the original Tracy Turnblad in Hairspray. Lake scored consistently high the whole season and shockingly ended up in third place.

For season 14, Hough partnered with television personality Maria Menounos. In week seven, the couple surprisingly earned the first 30 of the season and topped the leader board the first time in the season. The couple made it to the semi-finals but were shockingly eliminated after they finished at the top of the leader board. Maria is 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 being Willa Ford in season three.

For season 15, Hough was paired with season eight champion, Shawn Johnson. They were runners-up to Melissa Rycroft and Tony Dovolani.

On July 27, 2012 Hough announced that season 15 would be his last, calling it his "last hurrah".

Hough then announced on February 22, 2013 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.". He was partnered with country singer and former American Idol contestant, Kellie Pickler. Pickler was crowned season 16 champion, marking the fourth time Derek has won the Mirror Ball trophy, and making him the only pro to have four Mirror Balls to his name.

On August 2, 2013, Hough confirmed that he'll be back for season 17 via an interview with Access Hollywood. The cast for season 17 was announced on September 4, 2013. Hough's new partner for season 17 is Glee star Amber Riley.

In 2013, for the first time at the Emmy Awards, the category for Outstanding Choreography was moved to the Primetime Live Show, and all of the nominees in the category were to create and perform a number with the host of the show, Neil Patrick Harris. Hough, who was nominated twice for Dancing with the Stars, was part of that number, along with the other nominees. Ken Ehrlich, the executive producer of the show, stated, "It's definitely going to be an original number, something that hasn't been done before. It's going to utilize the talents of all of them to put this number together as choreographers." Hough then went on to win the Emmy Award for Outstanding Choreography.


Hough's current DWTS pro average is 26.99. Joanna Krupa's Argentine Tango and Shawn Johnson's Fusion are not included in his average.

He is the current reigning champion on the show, being the first and only professional dancer to ever win four Mirror Ball Trophies, and has earned 26 perfect scores of 30s and 141 perfect 10s over the seasons.

Hough and Riley, his dance partner for season 17, got a 27 on the first week of competition, dancing the Cha cha. This is the highest score ever given on 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.

Season Partner Place
5 Jennie Garth 4th
6 Shannon Elizabeth 6th
7 Brooke Burke 1st
8 Lil' Kim 5th
9 Joanna Krupa 4th
10 Nicole Scherzinger 1st
11 Jennifer Grey 1st
13 Ricki Lake 3rd
14 Maria Menounos 4th
15 Shawn Johnson 2nd
16 Kellie Pickler 1st
17 Amber Riley

Performance history

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: ; placed: participating

Personal life

Hough has been in a relationship with The Vampire Diaries star, Nina Dobrev since August 2013.


Year Title Role Notes
2001 Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone Hogwarts schoolboy Uncredited role
2012 Rock of Ages Cameo appearance
2013 Make Your Move 3D Donny The movie's first title was Cobu 3D
Year Title Role Notes
2007 DanceX Himself Panelist; BBC One channel
2007"13 Dancing with the Stars Himself 4-time winner; 5 times Emmy nominated for Outstanding Choreography; seasons 5"11, 13"17
2011 Better With You Philip (dance instructor) Episode: "Better With Dancing"
2013 Family Dance Off Himself/Host ABC
2013 Blackpool Himself Executive producer and head choreographer with Julianne Hough, on Starz
Year Title Role Notes
2005 Chitty Chitty Bang Bang London's West End debut
London Palladium
2006 Jesus Christ Superstar Jesus Millfield Theatre in London
2006 Footloose: The Musical Ren Novelo Theatre
London's West End
2010 Burn the Floor Broadway debut
Music video
Year Title Role Notes
2008 That Song in My Head Cameo appearance Singer: Julianne Hough
Single: That Song in My Head
2009 99 Times Principal male Singer: Kate Voegele
Album: A Fine Mess
2009 Download Singer: Lil' Kim
Single: Download
2010 Parachute Main dancer Singer: Cheryl Cole
Album: 3 Words
2013 Someone Somewhere Tonight Main dancer Singer: Kellie Pickler
Single: Someone Somewhere Tonight

Emmy Awards and nominations

Hough is a one time Emmy winner for Outstanding Choreography and has earned five Creative Arts Primetime Emmy nominations in total for his work on Dancing with the Stars.

The first one was in 2009 when he shared a nomination with his younger sister Julianne Hough for their Jive routine to "Great Balls on Fire".

The second and third ones were in 2010; one as choreographer for his Futuristic Paso Doble routine to "Living on Video" (danced with Joanna Krupa on season nine) and his Quickstep routine to "Anything goes" (danced with Nicole Scherzinger on season ten) and one shared with Chelsie Hightower for their Paso Doble routine to "Malaquena".

Hough had two nominations in the same category in 2013, one shared with Allison Holker for their two contemporary routines to "Heart Cry" (danced with Allison Holker, Melanie Moore, Jessica Lee Keller and Katherine McCormick on season 16) and to "Stars" (danced with Brilynn Rakes on season 16) and one on his own for his Quickstep routine to "Hey Pachuco", his Mambo routine to "Para Los Rumberos" (both danced with Shawn Johnson on All-stars season 15) and his routine to "Walking On Air" (danced with Jaimie Goodwin on season 16). He won the latter.

Year Category Dance style(s)/song(s) Dance partner(s) Nominee(s) Result
2009 Outstanding choreography Jive/"Great Balls on Fire" Julianne Hough Derek Hough
Julianne Hough
2010 Futuristic Paso Doble/"Living on video"
Quickstep/"Anything goes"
Joanna Krupa
Nicole Scherzinger
Derek Hough
Paso Doble/"Malaguena" Chelsie Hightower Derek Hough
Chelsie Hightower
2013 Quickstep/"Hey Pachuco"
Mambo/"Para Los Rumberos"
Modern/"Walking on Air"
Shawn Johnson
Shawn Johnson
Jaimie Goodwin
Derek Hough
Contemporary/"Heart Cry"

Brilynn Rakes
Alison Holker
Melanie Moore
Jessica Lee Keller
Katherine McCormick
Derek Hough
Alison Holker

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