- Category : Dancer
- Type : MGE
- Profile : 3/5 - Martyr / Heretic
- Definition : Single
- Incarnation Cross : RAX Contagion 2
Derek Hough (born May 17, 1985) is an American dancer and choreographer. He became a guitarist and backing vocal of the group called "Ke$ha and the Diva$" among with lead singer Kesha and backup singers Kym Johnson and Karina Smirnoff. A world champion in Latin American Dance, Hough has appeared since September 2007 (seasons 5–11 and seasons 13–16) on the hit U.S. television series Dancing with the Stars, where he is a four-time champion (with Brooke Burke, Nicole Scherzinger, Jennifer Grey and Kellie Pickler), two time finalist (with Ricki Lake and Shawn Johnson), three-time semi-finalist (with Jennie Garth, Joanna Krupa, and Maria Menounos), and a quarter-finalist (with Lil' Kim). Hough has earned three Creative Arts Primetime Emmy nominations for Outstanding Choreography (2009 and 2010) for his work on the show, including a shared nomination with Chelsie Hightower for the "Paso Doble/Malagueña" dance that they choreographed and performed for season ten.
Prior to joining Dancing with the Stars, Hough starred as Ren in the 2006 original cast production of Footloose: The Musical at the Novelo Theatre in London's West End, as well as on the 2006 UK national tour. Hough's West End performance earned him a nomination as The Stuart Phillips London Newcomer of the Year in the Whatsonstage.com Theatregoers' Choice Awards. Hough made his Broadway debut on January 8, 2010, starring with Kym Johnson and Mary Murphy in Burn the Floor for the final four performances of the show's Broadway run. A founding member of the Ballas Hough Band (formerly Almost Amy), Hough shares lead vocals, plays guitar and has several songwriting credits on the band's self-titled debut CD, released by Hollywood Records in March 2009.
Hough grew up the fourth of five children in Sandy, Utah, a suburb of Salt Lake City. He has four sisters, Sharee, Marabeth, Katherine who are older and Julianne, who is younger. All four of Hough's grandparents were dancers, and his parents met while on a ballroom dancing team in college, in Idaho.
When Hough was 12 years old, his parents sent him to London to live and study with dance coaches, Corky and Shirley Ballas. Hough's sister Julianne joined him in London several months later. Originally intending to stay for a year, Hough remained in London for ten years. (Julianne returned after five years.) The Ballases helped tutor the two Hough children alongside their own son, Mark Ballas, schooling them at the Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts. They received training in song, theater, gymnastics and many forms of dance, including jazz, ballet and tap. The three children formed their own pop music trio 2B1G ("2 Boys, 1 Girl") and performed at dance competitions in the UK and the U.S., and showcased UK television show.
Before this, Hough's theatre work included playing the lead in Jesus Christ Superstar at the Millfield Theatre, and dancing in the company in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang at the London Palladium.
Hough is a former IDSF World Youth Latin Champion (2002) for Poland with Aneta Piotrowska. He has won the LA Outstanding Dancer of the Year and the New York Dance Alliance Outstanding Dance awards.
Hough is one of Bruno Tonioli's panelists on BBC One's DanceX, the first episode of which aired on July 14, 2007. Hough choreographed and performed in Cheryl Cole's Parachute music video, after being introduced to her by Tonioli.
Dancing with the Stars
Hough made his first appearance on Dancing With The Stars in season four (week 6) as a guest instructor with Julianne and Apolo Anton Ohno. He then joined the cast of professional instructors in season five and was paired with Jennie Garth. Hough and Garth competed in the semi-finals and were the ninth couple eliminated from the competition.
For season six, Hough was paired with actress Shannon Elizabeth. They were eliminated from the show in week seven.
For season seven, Hough was partnered with model/TV host Brooke Burke. In rehearsal on October 4, 2008, Hough tripped and fell, hitting his head on the floor and momentarily blacked out. He was sent to the hospital, but sustained no injuries. Hough and Burke earned the mirror ball trophy and won season seven.
For season eight, Hough was paired with rapper Lil' Kim. They were eliminated from the show in week nine.
For season nine, Hough was partnered with model Joanna Krupa. They were eliminated during week nine, the semi-finals, on November 17, 2009, finishing fourth.
For season ten, Hough won with partner Nicole Scherzinger, the lead singer from the singing group Pussycat Dolls and former member of Eden's Crush.
For season 11, Hough won with actress Jennifer Grey, known for her film roles on Dirty Dancing and Ferris Bueller's Day Off.
Hough did not participate in season 12 in order to be a part of the film COBU 3D, but he did return for season 13. For season 13, he was partnered with actress and TV host Ricki Lake, known playing the original Tracy Turnblad in Hairspray. Lake scored consistently high the whole season and shockingly ended up in third place.
For season 14, Hough partnered with television personality Maria Menounos. In week seven, the couple surprisingly earned the first 30 of the season and topped the leader board the first time in the season. The couple made it to the semi-finals but were shockingly eliminated after they finished at the top of the leader board. Maria is the second celebrity in Dancing With the Stars history to be eliminated on a night where she came in first place with the judges. The first being Willa Ford in season three.
For season 15, Hough was paired with season eight champion, Shawn Johnson. They were runners-up to Melissa Rycroft and Tony Dovolani.
Hough's current DWTS pro average is 26.99. Joanna Krupa's Argentine Tango and Shawn Johnson's Fusion are not included in his average.
He is the first professional dancer to ever win four Mirror Ball Trophies, and has earned 22 perfect scores of 30s and 127 perfect 10s over the seasons.
On July 27, 2012 Hough announced that season 15 would be his last, calling it his "last hurrah".
Hough then announced on February 22, 2013 that he would be back for season 16, stating on his Twitter account, “Wasn’t sure if I was able to do this season because of my other projects, but worked it out so I can do both. #pumped.”. He was partnered with country singer and former American Idol contestant, Kellie Pickler. Pickler was crowned season 16 champion, marking the fourth time Derek has won the Mirror Ball trophy, and making him the only pro to have four Mirror Balls to his name.
Hough, along with his sister Julianne, was an extra in Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (released as Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone in the US), the film adaptation of British author J. K. Rowling's bestselling novel. He appeared in an uncredited role as a "Hogwarts schoolboy".
On April 25, 2011, Hough made a guest appearance as a dance instructor on Better With You.
Hough played the principal male of Kate Voegele's many boyfriends in the music video for her song "99 Times" from her album A Fine Mess. His character received a heated kiss from Voegele before she then knocked him backwards along with multiple other men in a domino effect.
He also starred in former "Dancing with the Stars" partner Lil' Kim's music video for her song Download.
Hough was the choreographer and principal dancer in Cheryl Cole's music video for "Parachute" from Cole's debut studio album, 3 Words.
Hough will be starring with BoA in a movie titled Cobu 3D. The film was later retitled Make Your Move 3D.
Hough, alongside Julianne, will take part on a new series called Blackpool set to air on the channel Starz. The series will revolve around the annual ballroom competitions that take place in Blackpool, England, and its competitors. The Houghs will serve as executive producers and head choreographers.