Derek Hough 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 whenever we use a prop and "Singin' in the Rain" is so special to me, so I was a little nervous before we got on. Bethany was very accurate and I think people really liked it. Some people came up to me after and said, "I had a tear in my eye," which really means a lot to me. I still would love to do the dance as a performance piece. If I were to redo it for that, it would obviously be a little different, but as a competition piece, I couldn't be happier with it.

Bethany's ankle is doing better. It was getting worse last week, but it's looking up now. I think it's one of those things where I have to keep an eye on it. 

This week is Most Memorable Year of Your Life. Bethany's is about her experience with cyberbullying. It's a very important message in this day and age. She went through cyberbullying when she was young and that's why she got into YouTube. It's not about bully themselves, but understanding why bullies are the way they are. A bully is someone is who doesn't love themselves. Now with Twitter and Instagram and Facebook and everything, people love to write terrible things. But you want to choose the way you feel in the way you take something, even the good things. We rely on likes and retweets. What happens is once you rely on something external to feel a certain way, it makes you vulnerable because you can let it get you down. You should choose the way you perceive things.

Our piece is showing the negative and the positive. It's a really special routine. You can take the positive, but don't rely on it. It's about having control and not needing anything but yourself. Pain happens, but it's temporary. Suffering is prolonged pain. We choose if we're going to let something bother us to the point that it sits and stews and we suffer. It's a ripple effect. You see something negative about yourself, so you feel bad and you start putting somebody else down. Once we say, "I'm not going to allow a text or a tweet to dictate my life and dictate my self-worth," we'll reclaim that power. I really want people to feel empowered by it. I've had plenty of experiences like this. Someone tweets something mean to me, I read it and it plays like a record over and over in my head. What I want to stress is you cannot let that get to you or rely on that for validation. Everything you need is the thing you know. You don't have to search for something to make you feel good.

We have the rumba, but it's almost irrelevant to the song and message. We have a special artist coming in to perform the song, which is not a rumba song at all. But it's one of those instances where I made a choice to prioritize differently. The song is definitely more important that than the rumba beat. I know we'll be able to work with it and create a rumba.

I'm not sure if it was really fair for Randy to leave with last week's votes counted, but what are you going to do? We don't make the rules. He's a great guy and cool to be around. I know some people were disappointed in their score this week. I try to stress that it's not about the score, or at least not completely about the score. People always say to me, "Oh, that's easy for you to say because you get good scores." I've gotten low scores before. It goes back to the same idea with bullying: You can't let the good and the bad get to you too much. I'm always very surprised and excited when we get good and bad scores, but you have to move on and get back to work. 

I'll do a shameless plug for my guest arc on Nasvhille! My first episode is Wednesday. If you don't know, I play Noah West, an actor who's doing a Patsy Cline movie with Juliette, played by Hayden Panettiere. It's hilarious because on the show, I'm supposed to be showing Juliette the acting ropes, but in real life, it was Hayden showing me the ropes. She was awesome — really sweet and supportive.

Hope you'll tune in!

Derek