Derek Hough


Dancing's Derek Hough: We're Playing to Amber's Strengths

Derek Hough

Hey everyone,

Woohoo! Finals! Thanks for all your votes and messages!

Amber and I are so pumped. I can't believe it's my third final in a row. How crazy is that? We're really excited and it's been a great week so far.

Last week was huge for us. We got our first individual perfect score, but most importantly, Amber got the all-clear from her doctors about her knees and that really gave her the confidence to go all out and kill it. We want to use that momentum from last week and ...
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Dancing's Derek Hough: We Don't Want to Use Amber's Knees as a Crutch

Derek Hough

Hey everyone,

Thanks for your votes!

Last week was a tough one for us, but I'm really proud of Amber and how she pulled through. We ended up having no rehearsal time. The quickstep you saw on the show was honestly the first time we did it from beginning to end. Crazy, right? In total, we did maybe three hours on that quickstep. Neither of us was sure how it was going to ...
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Dancing's Derek Hough: We're a Little Behind

Derek Hough

Hey everyone!

Thanks for your votes!

How'd you like those sailor outfits?

Amber and I were so pumped to get immunity, especially since we were both nearly crippled last week! It was also good to get immunity not just for immunity sake, but because we got to rest Amber's knee. We practiced for all three dance-offs, so to not have to do one was good.

I thought Cher was great. It was so wild to see Cher up there. We've had a lot of really fantastic, talented stars come through, but what she has accomplished throughout ...
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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

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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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