Derek Hough


Dancing's Derek Hough: It's Awesome to Be Back with Amy

Derek Hough

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Thanks for your votes!

How'd you like the switch-up? I thought it went great. It was fun to see everyone with different partners and I think it was a good change of pace for us and the celebrities. For me as a student, I like to have a bunch of different teachers and I want insight from different people. Plus, it was great to admire Amy from afar. It was wonderful and I was so proud watching ...
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Dancing's Derek Hough: I'm Excited About the Switch-Up

Derek Hough

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Thanks for your votes!

I'm still on a high from Monday. This week was so special. I feel very grateful. The whole theme of Monday night was gratitude. Whenever Amy gets nervous or uptight, she starts letting her that affect her, and she really wanted the dance to be perfect. I said to her backstage, "You can't put that much pressure to make it perfect because ...
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Dancing's Derek Hough: I'm Excited About Amy's New Legs!

Derek Hough

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I'm super proud of Amy and super happy with our swing. We had a little mistake. My jacket got in the way. I put my arm behind my back and she's supposed to grab my hand, but my hand went inside my jacket, so she couldn't grab my hand. It was no big deal. I thought she did great because right before we went on stage, her foot came loose! Because the floor is sticky, it was causing friction and it was coming undone. She needed a wrench to tighten it up, so I went to a lighting guy and he pulled out a Swiss army knife and she just sat on the ...
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Dancing's Derek Hough: I Can't Believe We Got a 24

Derek Hough

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Hope you enjoyed the show Monday.

Amy and I had a blast. I thought she did great considering all the craziness the past few weeks. Right before we went on, she said, "I'm nervous, but I don't know if I'm nervous enough." I think it was from the jet lag. If it's a few hours, it's OK, but she was, like, 12 hours ahead and completely out of her body. You want to be in your body and present when you perform in anything. But when you're tired, you're floating. So we did a victory pose where you put your arms up in a V shape and jumped around. That gets your adrenaline going and blood pumping. If you keep still, you'll just get more tired.

I was expecting something like three sevens, so I can't believe we got a 24. For me, scores are irrelevant, but psychologically, the 24 is good for Amy. It can give her the ...
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Dancing's Derek Hough: Amy Has Really Inspired Me

Derek Hough

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How's it going? Hope you've had a great 2014 so far! I'm excited to be blogging again and I'm so stoked for the new season and to be with Amy.

For those of you who don't know, Amy is a Paralympic snowboarder — and she just won a bronze today! Woohoo! She is a double amputee and is absolutely amazing. I am in awe of her. I went to Sochi to rehearse with her and it was a really great experience, not just working with Amy, but to be among the energy of the Games. What was really interesting ...
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Dancing's Derek Hough: Our Win Still Feels Surreal

Derek Hough

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We won! I can't believe it! Thank you for all your votes and messages!

It still feels surreal. I think I got about two hours of sleep on the plane from L.A. to New York overnight, but it's all good. It's really exciting not just celebrating the win, but the whole season. Amber and I had no expectations going into the finale. We just wanted to do our best, which I think we did, and let the chips fall as they may. I thought we had a great finale this season. Everyone really brought it, and I could picture ...
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Dancing's Derek Hough: We're Playing to Amber's Strengths

Derek Hough

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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

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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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