Derek Hough
Dancer Profile
Birth Date 17 May 1985 (1985-05-17) (age 34)
Hometown Salt Lake City, Utah

Partner(s) 5: Jennie Garth (4th)
6: Shannon Elizabeth (6th)
7: Brooke Burke (1st)
8: Lil' Kim (5th)
9: Joanna Krupa (4th)
10: Nicole Scherzinger (1st)
11: Jennifer Grey (1st)
13: Ricki Lake (3rd)
14: Maria Menounos (4th)
All-Stars: Shawn Johnson (2nd)
16: Kellie Pickler (1st)
17: Amber Riley (1st)
18: Amy Purdy (2nd)
19: Bethany Mota (4th)
20: Nastia Liukin (4th)
21: Bindi Irwin (1st)
23: Marilu Henner (6th)

Derek Hough was a professional dancer on Dancing with the Stars.


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Emmy Award-winning and New York Times best-selling author Derek Hough, the only six-time champion in franchise history of the hit ABC show Dancing with the Stars, started dancing in his hometown of Salt Lake City, Utah, at age eleven. Just one year later, he moved to London to live and train with the top dance coaches in the world and attend the prestigious Italia Conti performing arts school where he studied theater, music and dance.

A multi-talented entertainer, two-time Emmy Award winner and seven-time nominee for Best Choreography, Hough has appeared in film, television and stage projects as an actor. He made his feature-film debut for director Duane Adler and producer Robert Cort in the feature film Make Your Move, and recently was featured in the ABC series Nashville. His stage performances include Radio City Music Hall's Spring Spectacular, costarring alongside the Tony Award winning Laura Benanti and the critically acclaimed production of Footloose, which he starred as the male lead in London's West End.

Hough was one of the featured dancers on the original Dancing with the Stars tour and a choreographer on the BBC (UK) hit show, Dance X. In addition to choreographing the hit music video "Parachute" for British popstar Cheryl Cole, Hough performed live with her on her 2010 concert tour in England and France to rave reviews and standing ovations.

Hough can also add author to his growing list of credits. His memoir Taking the Lead; Lessons from a Life in Motion hit stands in August of 2014 and rapidly was named to the prestigious New York Times Best-Seller list during two non-consecutive time periods. In 2014, Hough and his sister Julianne teamed for a live stage dance concert MOVE Live on Tour, performing in fifty cities around the country. In 2015, they toured again, selling out scores of venues on their 47-city outing.

With celebrity partners on Dancing with the Stars that have included Brooke Burke, Shannon Elizabeth, Jennie Garth, Ricki Lake, Maria Menounos, Nicole Scherzinger, Jennifer Grey, Kellie Pickler, Amber Riley, Amy Purdy and Bindi Irwin, Hough is best known for his innovation and daring choreography on the show. Hough is the winningest professional dancer with six Mirror Ball Trophies. His work has brought him Emmy nominations and inquiries from the film and music world regarding his dance knowledge and ability.

Dancing with the Stars 5

Derek was partnered with Jennie Garth. Placed 4th.



Dancing with the Stars 6

Derek was partnered with Shannon Elizabeth. Placed 6th.



Dancing with the Stars 7

Derek was partnered with Brooke Burke. Placed 1st.



Dancing with the Stars 8

Derek was partnered with Lil' Kim. Placed 5th.


Dancing with the Stars 9

Derek was partnered with Joanna Krupa. Placed 4th.


1 Due to Len Goodman's absence in week two the 7 was awarded by stand-in guest judge Baz Luhrmann.
2 Due to illness, Hough was unfortunately unable to perform that night. Krupa performed this dance and the Group Hustle with stand-in partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy.

Dancing with the Stars 10

Derek was partnered with Nicole Scherzinger. Placed 1st.



Dancing with the Stars 11

Derek was partnered with Jennifer Grey. Placed 1st.


Dancing with the Stars 13

Derek was partnered with Ricki Lake. Placed 3rd.


Dancing with the Stars 14

Derek was partnered with Maria Menounos. Placed 4th.


Dancing with the Stars 15

Derek was partnered with Shawn Johnson. Placed 2nd.


Dancing with the Stars 16

Derek was partnered with Kellie Pickler. Placed 1st.


Dancing with the Stars 17

Derek was partnered with Amber Riley. Placed 1st.


Dancing with the Stars 18

Derek was partnered with Amy Purdy. Placed 2nd.


1Score from guest judge Robin Roberts.
2For this week only, as part of the "Partner Switch-Up", Purdy did not perform with Derek Hough and instead performed with Mark Ballas. Hough performed with NeNe Leakes.
3Score from guest judge Julianne Hough.
4Score from guest judge Donny Osmond.
5Score from guest judge Redfoo.
6Scores from guest judge Ricky Martin.
7Score from guest judge Abby Lee Miller.
8Score from guest judge Kenny Ortega.

Dancing with the Stars 19

Derek was partnered with Bethany Mota. Placed 4th.


Dancing with the Stars 20

Derek was partnered with Nastia Liukin. Placed 4th.


Dancing with the Stars 21

Derek was partnered with Bindi Irwin. Placed 1st.


Dancing with the Stars 23

Derek was partnered with Marilu Henner. Placed 6th.


1 Score given by guest judge Pitbull.
2 Score given by guest judge Idina Menzel.


  • Derek is the older brother of former pro and judge Julianne Hough.
  • Derek is the second cousin of season 20 contestant Riker Lynch.
  • Derek holds the record of most DWTS wins, with six.
  • Derek dated India de Beaufort from 2000 until 2008.
  • He dated former partner Shannon Elizabeth from 2008-2009.
  • He is currently dating troupe member Hayley Erbert.
  • Derek has a rescue dog named Romie.
  • Derek was part of the "Bust a Move" event for breast health that took place in Ottawa, Canada, where he led a fitness session. During the event, $1,048,258.60 was raised for breast cancer.
  • Derek is a judge on World of Dance alongside producer Jennifer Lopez and Ne-Yo.
  • He had come in fourth place five times (two of these points of elimination he had been in first place, one of them he had been in second.)


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