Derek Hough is going from Dancing with the Stars to ice dancing with Olympians.
The five-time Dancing champ won't be at the Winter Olympics, but his presence will be felt when Meryl Davis and Charlie White take to the ice Sunday. Along with the two-time world champs and six-time U.S. champs' coach Marina Zoueva, Hough worked on the pair's quickstep and foxtrot in their My Fair Lady-themed short dance that has helped them remain undefeated this season (they haven't lost in 22 months).
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"I was definitely not expecting that call," Hough tells TVGuide.com. "I still can't believe ...
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 ...
Even her battered knees couldn't stop her from waltzing away with the trophy. Amber Riley and her pro partner, Derek Hough, beat out Corbin Bleu and Karina Smirnoff to win Season 17 of Dancing With the Stars Tuesday night. "I definitely feel beaten down right now," Riley says with a laugh. The Glee star, 27, who has been plagued with knee injuries all season, is looking forward to giving her whole body a rest — probably in Hawaii. "I've always wanted to go there," she says.
Who will win Season 17 of Dancing with the Stars? That's the big question heading in to the two-part finale, which begins tonight at 8/7c on ABC.
Competing tonight will be Bill Engvall and Emma Slater, Jack Osbourne and Cheryl Burke,Derek Hough and Amber Riley, and Corbin Bleu and Karina Smirnoff. One of the four couples will be eliminated at the end of tonight's show, and the other three will perform a final routine tomorrow night before the winner is crowned.
"I think we have two completely different types of competitors," judge Carrie Ann Inaba told TVGuide.com ahead of Monday's show. "We have Corbin and Amber, who are in one class. And then you have Jack and Bill, who are totally of a different class. I think it's really interesting the way the fans have voted. I think people are really a fan of the whole idea of somebody who doesn't know how to dance really making the transformation, which is what Jack and Bill fall into."