Puzzling Revelations About Derek Hough’s Work on Dancing With The Stars and His Relationships

If you were tasked with creating a list of the rave-making American dancers at the moment, the name Derek Hough would definitely find a way into the top of that list. For many years, the American professional Latin and ballroom dancer who is also a choreographer and singer has thrilled dance lovers and enthusiasts consistently with his electrifying stage performance which have often left fans mesmerized.

His astounding skills on the dance floor which he has shown off very frequently on the American dance competition television series, Dancing with the Stars, have earned him several awards, including two Primetime Emmy Awards, and several nominations.

Derek Hough Began Learning Dance Before He Was A Teenager

Derek Hough was born on the 17th of May 1985. He grew up in the Salt Lake City suburb of Sandy, Utah, and started taking dance classes before he even turned a teen. This is because, by the time he turned 12 years old, his parents sent him to live in London and take dance classes instructed by Corky and Shirley Ballas. Around the time he was sent to London, his parents had already been considering the possibility of having a divorce. His sister, Julianne, would join him in London several months later.

Derek Hough spent the better part of his adolescent years in London, attending the Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts. Hough and his sister, Julianne, would continue together to receive training in dance, music, theatre, and gymnastics. In conjunction with his outstanding dance skills, Hough can also play the drums, guitar, and piano.

Breaking Out In The Industry

Derek Hough started making waves with his career between 1998 to 2004, entering competitions that saw him traveling abroad to countries like Japan, the Netherlands, Ireland, and so on. His first win was in 2002 when he won the WDSF World Youth Latin Championship.

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Derek Hough and Julianne Hough perform on The Ellen Show.

In 2003, he won the Blackpool Under-21 Latin title with dance partner Aneta Piotrowska. He has been awarded both the LA Outstanding Dancer of the Year and New York Dance Alliance Outstanding Dance awards.

How Derek Hough Made History On ‘Dancing With The Stars’

Derek Hough has made waves all over America and the rest of the world with his appearances and performance on the popular dance competition television series, Dancing with the Stars and has become one of the biggest performers on that stage.

The dancer made his first appearance on Dancing with the Stars in the 4th season in 2004. That season, he started as a guest instructor with Apolo Anton Ohno and his sister Julianne. He returned to the show the following season as a professional instructor paired with actress Jennie Garth. The pair got eliminated at the semi-finals in fourth place.

In the sixth season, Derek Hough was paired with American actress and former fashion model, Shannon Elizabeth on the show, and the pair finished sixth after being eliminated from the show on April 29, 2008.

His First Win On The Show

Derek Hough returned for season 7 the following year and was partnered with Brooke Burke, a model, and TV host. They put up and amazing performance and eventually emerged the winners of the show that season, earning the mirror ball trophy. This was his first win on the show.

The dancer returned to the show for season 8 and was paired with the popular rapper, Lil’ Kim. However, despite their awesome performances, they did not win that season but finished in fifth place. Hough came back to the show the next year for season 9 and got partnered with Joanna Krupa, a model. Again he was eliminated this time finishing in fourth place.

Hough came back for the tenth season and was partnered with popular singer, Nicole Scherzinger. The couple put up an incredible performance and won the show that season. This was the second time Hough would win on the show. The dancer returned to the show for season 11 the following year and got partnered with actress, Jennifer Grey. The couple won the show that season, making it the third time Hough would emerge a winner.

Derek Hough did not appear on the show for its 12th season because he was working on the movie Make Your Move 3D. However, he returned for season 13 and was partnered with Ricki Lake, an actress, and TV host. The couple did not win the show but finished in third place.

The dancer returned to the show for season 15 and worked with Maria Menounos, a television personality. They put up an electrifying performance but this was not enough for them to win the show. They were eliminated in the semi-finals. In season 15, Hough was paired with season eight champion, Shawn Johnson but they ended up as runners-up.

Winning It The 4th Time Put Him In The History Books

When Derek Hough returned to the show for season 16, he was paired with country singer Kellie Pickler. The pair thrilled the audience and emerged winners of the season. The win made Derek Hough the very first professional dancer to win the show four times. He was in the history books.

He returned for season 17 in 2013 and was partnered with singer and actress, Amber Riley. Hough and Riley made it to the finals and won the show that season making Hough the only person to ever win the show five times.

Derek Hough and Nastia Liukin perform on ‘Dancing With The Stars’.

In 2014, Hough returned for season 18 and was paired with paralympic snowboarder, Amy Purdy. The couple did not win this time but finished as the runner-up for the season. The next year, he returned for season 19 and was paired with YouTube personality, Bethany Mota. The couple finished in fourth place that season.

For season 20, Derek Hough was paired with partnered with gymnast Nastia Liukin but they could only make it to the semi-finals before they were eliminated from the show. In season 21, Hough was paired with wildlife conservationist, Bindi Irwin. The pair won the show that season. It was Hough’s sixth win on the show and is all-time highest for any dancer.

Derek Hough did not take part in the show during season 22 but returned for season 23 and was partnered with actress Marilu Henner. They finished in 6th place.

Derek Hough has earned eight Emmy Award nominations thanks to his work on Dancing with the Stars. He has won two of them for Outstanding Choreography. On the 10th of April, 2014 Hough was honored with his sister at Mattel Children’s Hospital with the Kaleidoscope Award for their humanitarianism.

All About The Woman In Derek Hough’s Life

Derek Hough is not just a dancer but also a romantic man. The entertainer is currently dating a lady named Hayley Erbert. Interestingly, Erbert is also a dancer who has appeared on the Dancing with the Stars stage.

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Derek and girlfriend Hayley

The manner in which the couple met is quite thrilling. Our findings show that the two met in 2015 when they were competing against themselves on the dance show. They got attracted to each other and soon started dating the same year.

Derek Hough and Hayley Erbert have been together since 2015 and there is no sign of them having issues in their relationship. In fact, Hough has mentioned that he would like to get married in the future.

Hough Has Popular Exes

Before meeting and dating Hayley Erbert, Derek Hough had been romantically linked to several other beautiful ladies in the past. In late 2014, Derek Hough was reported to have been in a relationship with actress, Kate Hudson.

Before Hudson, he was also reported to have had a fling with another actress, Nikki Reed. This was also in 2014, specifically in April that year. The dancer also dated Canadian movie star, Nina Dobrev in 2013. The pair were in love for about six weeks from August to October of that year.

Derek Hough also had a thing with television personality, Lauren Conrad from September to November 2011 and dated Shannon Elizabeth from May 2008 to August 2009. The couple was in love while they were partners on Dancing with the Stars.


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