Derek Hough


Dancing's Derek Hough: My Back Is Better

Derek Hough

Hey guys,

Thanks for your votes and messages this week!

My back is better. All is well. It was touch-and-go for a while on Monday, but I felt better as we got closer to show time. I had to rest it for a few days and Amber had to see her doctor about her knee, so we didn't start rehearsals until Thursday.

Luckily, we have the rumba this week, so it's ...
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Dancing's Derek Hough: My Back's Been Acting Up

Derek Hough

Hey guys,

How are you? Thanks for your votes!

I hope you're all having a better week than I am. I've been feeling under the weather and my back's been acting up the past week. I think it's just wear and tear. It's just that part of the season when it all starts to catch up to you and the show is getting tougher with multiple dances. I'm taking care of it. I feel confident it'll be OK. I was hurting Monday, but adrenaline got ...
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Dancing's Derek Hough: We Didn't Break the Rules

Derek Hough

Hey guys,

Thanks for your votes!

I thought this week went great. Amber and I are very pleased with our foxtrot. Len wasn't feeling it, but that's OK. When he was explaining his critique, I was nodding my head. I knew what he was getting at and I respect it. I told Amber that I didn't know if we had enough hold content, so she was prepared for it too. I did try putting in more holds, but it didn't feel right ...
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Dancing's Derek Hough: Amber Stepped It Up

Derek Hough

Hey everyone!

Hope you had a great week! Thanks for your votes!

We got through the tango! Amber did great. I'm so proud of her. I'm not going to lie — it was touch-and-go until the 11th hour. Dress rehearsal did not go that well, but Amber just stepped it up! She's definitely an on-the-day type of person. She's a performer and knows when to bring it. I think we also lucked out having the tango. It's more about the hold and once you've ...
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Dancing's Derek Hough: We Haven't Been Able to Rehearse

Derek Hough

Hey everyone!

Thanks for voting for us!

This week is not going that well so far. We are really, really behind! Amber's knees have been acting up, so we haven't been able to rehearse at all. She got them drained the other day, so we're finally going to start rehearsals today and see how that goes. There wasn't any injury or anything — more like pressure that's ...
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Dancing's Derek Hough: I Still Can't Believe I Won an Emmy!

Derek Hough

Hey guys,

Thanks for your comments and messages this week!

I still can't believe I won an Emmy! Everyone's been asking me, "How does it feel?" It feels pretty awesome! I can't lie! When I won, I was very much present and in the moment. I remember everything on stage. It was afterward when I was walking around and holding the trophy in my hand that I thought it would disappear. I felt like I was floating and it was all a dream and I didn't ...
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Dancing's Derek Hough: We Were Not Expecting to Get a 27

Derek Hough

Hey everyone!

Thanks for watching Monday!

I thought Monday was a great show and I'm super-proud of Amber. I think it was good for her as far as confidence. She's confident, but there's always that bit of insecurity. That experience of actually going out there and performing the premiere is invaluable because now you know what to expect.

I thought our cha-cha ...
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Dancing's Derek Hough: There's a New Energy This Season

Derek Hough

Hey everyone,

I'm back! Hope you all had a great summer.

I can't believe it's that time of the year again. Everything's going good so far. Amber's been doing great. She's got a great personality, great charisma and she can move! It's a different dynamic for me and I'm psyched about this season.

A lot of people have asked me why I came back this season. I wanted to be part ...
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Dancing's Derek Hough: This Season Was Very Special

Derek Hough

Hey guys,

Can you believe it? I can't believe it! Thanks so much for your support and votes. I honestly am still in shock. It's pretty crazy.

I'm super-proud of Kellie. To me, what's more important than winning is just the relief knowing that we did good and that I gave her the right thing to help her shine. That's the thing that ...
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Dancing's Derek Hough: We Feel Good About Our Pieces

Derek Hough

Hey guys,

How are you? Ready for the finale?

I feel like we're ready. We're as ready as we'll ever be. We definitely put in the hours. We had 12-to-14-hour days every day. I had a little scare yesterday. My neck started to do a weird spasm. I'm trying to forget about it — mind over matter. It's not as bad as it was last time, but it's there. There are some moves that I'm doing in our freestyle ...
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