Derek Hough


Dancing's Derek Hough: Bethany Had a Breakthrough!

Derek Hough

Hey guys!

Sorry for being MIA last week. It got a bit hectic traveling to and from Australia. I'll try to make it up to you!

Australia was awesome. It's crazy just to go there for a couple of days, not to mention to go there and just dance! I thought our tango went great! I'm really proud of Bethany. The package played up the stress and lack of time, but we weren't dealing with it negatively. The routine was very last-minute, but I feel like when you have less time, you get more done. There's a sense of urgency. You're like, "Let's get it done." When I was competing, I would learn more and get more ...
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Dancing's Derek Hough: I Hope I Don't Let Sadie Down!

Derek Hough

Hey guys,

Thanks for your votes!

If you haven't heard, my switch-up partner is Sadie! Bethany is with Mark, so we had a straight swap! I've been staying at Sadie's family farm in Louisiana and it's amazing here. We've been riding four-wheelers and having a good time. We have the Charleston and Sadie's doing great so far. She's a really terrific dancer and she's not afraid to try things. I think she's been ...
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Dancing's Derek Hough: We Have a "Really Special Routine" Planned

Derek Hough

Hey guys,

Thanks for voting for us!

I can't believe we got a 40! I don't know if a perfect score has ever been given out so early in the season before — and two of them too — but it's pretty wild. I was very, very happy with our dance. Bethany did a fantastic job. It's funny — before we went on, I kept saying to her, "You're going to be great. You're going to be great. Don't be nervous." And the thing was, I was nervous! I get nervous ...
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Dancing's Derek Hough: Bethany's Ankle Is Not Doing Great

Derek Hough

Hey everyone,

Thanks for your votes!

So you saw what I mean by "potentially dangerous," right? After Bethany injured her ankle, I was like, "Oh, of all weeks," but we went for it and got through it, and I'm really proud of Bethany.

This week, we're doing the jazz to "Singin' in the Rain." My very first dance performance ever was to "Singing in the Rain" and I was about 3 or 4 years old. I don't remember it at all. It's on video somewhere. It's me running around the stage with an umbrella. I was the only boy ...
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Dancing's Derek Hough: We Have Something "Potentially Dangerous" Planned

Derek Hough

Hey everyone,

How's it going?

Thanks for your votes!

I'm super proud of Bethany. I thought she did a great job. It's tough going second-to-last on the first show. You spend the whole night waiting and watching everyone else go, but she handled her nerves well and I'm really happy with the way it went. I think you can see potential for growth for her. She actually has ...
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Dancing's Derek Hough: I Wasn't Sure About Coming Back

Derek Hough

Hey everyone!

How's it going? I'm excited to be blogging again!

Hope you all had a great summer. I think I saw a lot of you guys on tour! Thank you to everyone who came out this summer. Julianne and I had a blast, and we hope you did too! It's been a crazy year for me so far when I think about it: working with Misty Copeland, working with Meryl and Charlie for the Olympics, going to Russia to rehearse with Amy, all of last season, finishing my book, planning the tour, doing the tour, releasing my book and working on an HGTV project with Mark where we're literally building a new house! Now I'm doing Nashville and Season 19!

I wasn't sure if I was ...
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Dancing's Derek Hough: Amy's Journey Is the Best Victory

Derek Hough

Hi guys,

Thanks so much for your messages!

Second place! Woohoo! Who would've thought that when I was sitting at a table and saw Amy walk through the door for the first time? Seeing her walk in with these prosthetic legs and not having any idea what at all would be possible, and now to think about what we've achieved and what we've created — that really is amazing.

I had a gut feeling that Maks and Meryl were going to take it, and I said that to Amy, so we knew. Based on the packages and the tone and the way they put everything together, I had a feeling they ...
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Dancing's Derek Hough on "Remarkable" Quickstep and His Problem with Abby Lee Miller

Derek Hough

Hey everyone!

Thanks for your votes!

Amy is doing a lot better. Even on Monday she was feeling good. I can't believe we got a 40. We never ever expected that, especially with the mishap with the stool. I was supposed to kick the stool and Amy was supposed to catch it with her leg and pull it up, but the stool didn't go over, so I had to pull it back myself. I'm not sure if the judges didn't notice it or what. I guess you can say it was an unfortunate moment and not an actual misstep. 

I really loved choreographing that ...
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Dancing's Derek Hough: We're Playing It By Ear

Derek Hough

Hey guys,

Thanks for your messages! Sorry I was MIA last week. Things got hectic, but I'm back now!

Amy is feeling better. It's a day-to-day thing. She was overworking a certain muscle group in her back and it just came to a head on Monday. After we got the judges' comments, she turned to go up to the skybox and she felt something pop. Her muscles had spasmed and she dislocated ...
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Dancing's Derek Hough: I'm So Proud of Amy

Derek Hough

Hey guys,

How'd you like Disney Week?

Thanks for all your votes and messages this week. They've really meant a lot to us, Amy especially. The waltz was a hard one for us, but we pushed through and I'm so proud of Amy and how well she did. We had our usual pep talk before we went out to dance and I just told her to really enjoy it. At the end of our performances, Amy is quick to criticize herself. As soon as we finish, she'll point out what she did wrong or say, "I was off-balance" or something. As I'm holding ...
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