Derek Hough

Derek Hough
Derek Hough

Derek Hough in 2009
Born May 17, 1985 (1985-05-17) (age 26)
Salt Lake City, Utah, U.S.
Occupation Dancer, actor, singer-songwriter, musician, choreographer, director
Years active 2007–present

Derek Hough (pronounced /ˈhʌf/; born May 17, 1985) is an American dancer, choreographer, musician and actor. A world champion in Latin American Dance, Hough has appeared since September 2007 (Seasons 5 though 11) on the hit U.S. television series Dancing with the Stars, where he is currently the only three-time champion (with Brooke Burke, Nicole Scherzinger, and Jennifer Grey), two-time semi-finalist (with Jennie Garth and Joanna Krupa) and a Quarter-Finalist with Lil' Kim. Hough has earned three Creative Arts Primetime Emmy nominations for Outstanding Choreography (2009[1] and 2010 [2]) for his work on the show.

Prior to joining Dancing with the Stars, 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 U.K. 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.[3] 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. His season 13 partner is Ricki Lake. He placed third in the thirteenth season of Dancing with the Stars with partner Ricki Lake.

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Early life

Hough grew up one of five children in Sandy, Utah, a suburb of Salt Lake City.[4] He has four sisters, Sharee, Marabeth, Katherine and Julianne. His sister Julianne Hough is also a professional dancer. 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 twelve, 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. 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.[5][6]

Dancing

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

Hough played the role of Ren McCormack in both the UK Tour and the West-End of Footloose the Musical, which ran from April until November 2006.

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.[6]

Hough is one of Bruno Tonioli's panelists on BBC One's DanceX, the first episode of which aired on July 14, 2007.[7]

Hough also performed in and choreographed Cheryl Cole's Parachute music video, after being introduced to her by mutual friend, Bruno Tonioli.

Dancing with the Stars

Hough made his first appearance on Dancing With The Stars in Season 4 (Week 6) as a guest instructor with Julianne and Apolo Anton Ohno. He then joined the cast of professional instructors in Season 5 of Dancing With The Stars 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 6, Hough was paired with actress Shannon Elizabeth. They were eliminated from the show in week 7.

For Season 7, 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.[8] Hough and Burke earned the mirror ball trophy and won Season 7.

For Season 8, Hough was paired with rapper Lil' Kim. They were eliminated from the show in week 9.

For Season 9, Hough was partnered with model Joanna Krupa. They were eliminated during week 9, the semi-finals, on November 17, 2009, finishing fourth.

For Season 10, Hough won with partner Nicole Scherzinger, the lead singer from the singing group Pussycat Dolls[9] and former member of Eden's Crush.

For Season 11, Hough won with actress Jennifer Grey, known for her film roles on Dirty Dancing and Ferris Bueller's Day Off.

For Season 13, Hough is partnered with actress and TV Host Ricki Lake, known best as the original Tracy Turnblad in Hairspray.

Hough's current DWTS pro average is 26.67. Joanna Krupa's Argentine Tango is not included in his average.

He is the first professional dancer to ever win three Mirror Ball Trophies.

It was announced by Access Hollywood that Derek would not be returning to the 12th season of Dancing with the Stars to be a part of the movie Cobu 3D but he did return for season 13.

Performance history

Season 5: Celebrity partner Jennie Garth (Average - 29.86) :

We>9 10
10
Safe
8 Tango/"Tango Diabolo"
Mambo/ "Cuban Mambo"
10
9
8
9
10
9
Safe
9 Jive/"The House is Rockin'"
Salsa/ "Barbarabatiri"
7
9
7
10
7
9
Safe
10 Samba/"Blame It On the Boogie"
Freestyle/"You're the One That I Want"
Viennese Waltz/"Daughters"
9
10
10
9
10
10
10
10
10
Winner


(*)Due to Len Goodman's absence in week 6 the 10 was awarded by stand-in guest judge Michael Flatley

Season 8: Celebrity partner Lil' Kim (Average - 25.8) :

Week # Dance/Song Judges' score Result
Inaba Goodman Tonioli
1 Cha-Cha-Cha/"Nasty" 7 7 7 Safe
2 Quickstep/"Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend" 8 7 8 Safe
3 Samba/"Remedio P'al Corazon" 8 8 9 Safe
4 Argentine Tango/"Taquito Militar" 9 8 10 Safe
5 Viennese Waltz/"I'll Be" 9 8 9 Safe
6 Jive/"Jailhouse Rock" 10 8 10 Safe
7 Rumba/"Lost Without U" 9 8 9 Safe
8 Paso Doble/"El Gato Montes"
Team Tango/"Womanizer"
9
9
9
9
10
10
Safe
9 Waltz/"When I Need You"
Salsa/"Por Arriba, Por Abajo"
8
9
9
9
8
9
Eliminated


Season 9: Celebrity partner Joanna Krupa (Average 25.5):

Week # Dance/Song Judges' score Result
Inaba Goodman Tonioli
1 Salsa/"Meddle"
Foxtrot/"The Best Is Yet to Come"
8 8 8 Safe
10
2 Jive/"What I Like About You" 6 7* 7 Safe
3 Samba/"La Bomba" 7 8 8 Safe
4 Lambada/"Dançando Lambada" 9 8 9 Safe
5 Argentine Tango/"Whatever Lola Wants"** 8 8 8 Safe
6 Waltz/"Be Here To Love Me"
Mambo/"Ran Kan Kan"
8 9 9 Safe
10
7 Rumba/"The Look of Love"
Team Tango/"You Give Love a Bad Name"
9
9
9
9
9
10
Safe
8 Quickstep/"Valerie"
Paso Doble/"Living on Video"
8
9
7
10
8
10
Safe
9 Viennese Waltz/"Hallelujah"
Cha-Cha-Cha/"Can't Get You Out of My Head"
Salsa/"Lal Luz Del Ritmo"
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
Eliminated


^* Due to Len Goodman's absence in week 2 the 7 was awarded by stand-in guest judge Baz Luhrmann.
^** Due to illness Derek Hough was unable to perform, Joanna Krupa performed this dance with Maksim Chmerkovskiy.

Season 10: Celebrity partner Nicole Scherzinger (Average 27.5)

Week # Dance/Song Judges' score Result
Inaba Goodman Tonioli
1 Viennese Waltz/ "Hold You In My Arms" 9 7 9 No Elimination
2 Jive/"SOS" 10 8 10 Safe
3 Quickstep/"Anything Goes" 8 6 9 Safe
4 Rumba/"The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face" - Technique 9 8 8 Safe
Rumba/"The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face" - Performance 8 8 9
5 Tango/"Oh, Pretty Woman" 10 9 10 Safe
6 Samba/"María" 9 7 10 Safe
Swing Marathon/"In the Mood" 10
7 Waltz/"You Light Up My Life" 9 9 9 Safe
Cha Cha Cha/"Telephone" 9 9 9
8 Foxtrot/"Haven't Met You Yet" 10 9 10 Safe
Paso Doble/"Spanish Guitar" 10 10 10
9 Argentine Tango/"El Capitalismo Foraneo" 10 10 10 Safe
Cha-Cha-Cha/"Kiss" 10 9 10
10 Night 1 Rumba/"The Lady in Red 9 9 10 No Elimination
Freestyle/"A Little Less Conversation 9 9 9
10 Night 2 Argentine Tango/"El Capitalismo Foraneo" 30 Winner
Jive/"Proud Mary 10 10 10 Winner


Hough won Season 10 of Dancing with the Stars on May 25, 2010

Season 11: Celebrity partner Jennifer Grey (Average - 27.2) :

Week # Dance/Song Judges' score Result
Inaba Goodman Tonioli
1 Viennese Waltz/"These Arms of Mine" 8 8 8 Safe
2 Jive/"Shake It" 8 8 8 Safe
3 Samba/"A Little Respect" 8 8 8 Safe
4 Argentine Tango/"La Cumparsita" 9/10 9/9 9/10 Safe
5 Foxtrot/"Love and Marriage" 8 8 9 Safe
6 Paso Doble/"So What" 6 7 7 Last to be called Safe
Rock n' Roll Marathon/"La Grange" 9
7 Tango/"Shut Up" 10/9 9 9 Safe
8 Quickstep/"Let's Face the Music and Dance" 9 9 9 Safe
Rumba/"Waiting for a Girl Like You" 10 10 10
9 Cha-Cha-Cha/"Mercy" 10 10 10 Safe
Waltz/"Way Over Yonder" 10 10 10
10 N/1 Paso Doble/"Habanera" 10 10 10 No Elimination
Freestyle/"Do You Love Me (Now That I Can Dance)" 10 10 10
10 N/2 Viennese Waltz/"These Arms of Mine" 10 10 10 Winner
Cha-Cha-Cha/"Raise Your Glass" 9 9 10


Season 13: Celebrity Partner Ricki Lake:

Week # Dance/Song Judges' score Result
Inaba Goodman Tonioli
1 Viennese Waltz / "This Year's Love" 7 6 7 Safe
2 Jive / "Hey Ya!" 8 7 8 Safe
3 Rumba /"Gravity" 9 9 9 Safe
4 Tango / "Theme from Psycho" 10 9 10 Safe
5 Foxtrot / "Easy Lover" 8 8 8 Safe
6 Quickstep / "Luck Be a Lady" 10 9 10 Safe
7 Paso Doble / "Sweet Dreams"
Team Paso Doble / "Bring Me to Life"
9
9
9
8
9
9
Safe
8 Waltz / "You Make Me Feel"
Insant Jive / "Land of a Thousand Dances"
9
8
9
8
10
8
Safe
9 Samba / "Jump in the Line"
Argentine Tango / "Allerdings"
Cha-cha-cha relay / "I Like How It Feels"
10
9
Awarded
10
10
8
10
10
Points
Safe

Hough and Jennifer Grey hold the most perfect scores in all 11 seasons of Dancing With the Stars. They won six perfect 30s. Hough and Grey won Season 11 of Dancing with the Stars on November 23, 2010. And lost on November 22, 2011. He is a fantastic dancer.

Other

Hough was an extra in Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (released as Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone in the United States), the film adaptation of British author J. K. Rowling's bestselling novel. He appeared in an uncredited role as a "Hogwarts schoolboy".[10]

On April 25, 2011, Hough made a guest appearance as a dance instructor on Better With You.[11]

Hough was a dancer in Cheryl Cole's music video for "Parachute" from Cole's debut studio album, 3 Words.

Hough will be starring with BoA in a movie titled Cobo 3D.[12]

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