Hough, in his blog for TVGuide.com earlier this month, hinted that he had some other projects in the pipeline and didn't know if he would be back for Dancing's 24th season. Now it's official — he'll be with J.Lo and Ne-Yo at the judges' table when World of Dance premieres next year.
"Jennifer, Derek and Ne-Yo are three of the most accomplished dancers of their generation, and their incredible insight from the judges' table will be both inspiring and wholly constructive to the world-class level of dancers who are competing on the show," Universal Television Alternative Studio President Meredith Ahr said in a statement. "We feel so very honored that the three of them are giving back to the dance community in this way."
Hough will next be seen in NBC's musical Hairspray Live! on Dec. 7.
While Ne-Yo has been making hit songs for over a decade, he got to really show off his dance chops as the Tin Man in last year's The Wiz Live!
World of Dance is a dance competition show where three age divisions of dancers duke it out until only one act, solo or group, is left in each division. Then the top three will compete against each other for a million-dollar prize and the title of "Best In the World."
Are you sad that Derek's leaving Dancing but excited about what comes next?