Derek Hough works as a dancer, singer, actor, and choreographer for a living. From 2007 to 2016, he was on the ABC show “Dancing with the Stars.” During that time, he won six times and was nominated nine times for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Choreography. As an actor, Hough was in the West End premiere of “Footloose: The Musical” and had a recurring role on the ABC musical drama “Nashville.”
Early life And Career Beginnings
Derek Hough was born in Salt Lake City, Utah, in 1985. He was the fourth child of five in a family of Latter-day Saints. Marianne and Bruce are his mom and dad, and Sharee, Marabeth, Katherine, and Julianne are his sisters. Hough’s parents and grandparents were all dancers. Hough’s parents were getting a divorce when he was 12, so he was sent to London to live with and learn from dance teachers Shirley and Corky Ballas.
He stayed in London for ten years and went to the Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts to learn how to sing, dance, act, and do gymnastics. Hough formed the pop music group 2B1G with his sister Julianne and the Ballas’ son Mark. They went on to perform at dance competitions all over the UK and US.
The WDSF World Latin Championship was won by Hough in 2002. At the Blackpool Dance Festival the next year, he and Aneta Piotrowska won the Blackpool U-21 Latin title.
“Dancing With The Stars”
Hough’s first time on “Dancing with the Stars” was in the fourth season of the show in 2007. In week six, he joined his sister Julianne and professional speed skater Apolo Anton Ohno as a guest coach. The next season, Hough became one of the professional instructors. He was paired with actress Jennie Garth, and together they came in fourth place. Hough was paired with actress Shannon Elizabeth for season six, and they came in sixth.
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— Derek Hough (@derekhough) October 23, 2022
The next season, Hough was paired with model and TV host Brooke Burke, and they did better. Even though Hough hit his head on the floor and blacked out for a moment when he did, he and Burke still won the season. For the next two seasons, Hough was paired with rapper Lil’ Kim and model Joanna Krupa. During those two seasons, they both finished in fifth place.
Hough won season ten of “Dancing with the Stars” with singer Nicole Scherzinger as his partner. This was his second win on the show. He won again the next season, this time with Jennifer Grey as his partner. In the following seasons, Hough came close to winning but never did. In season 17, he won with “Glee” star Amber Riley. In season 21, when he danced with wildlife conservationist Bindi Irwin, Hough won for the sixth and last time.
It was a historic win. In 2016, Hough’s last season, he and his partner, Marilu Henner, came in sixth. Overall, Hough was nominated for nine Emmy Awards for Outstanding Choreography for his work on “Dancing with the Stars,” and he won two of them. In 2020, it was said that he would take Len Goodman’s place as a judge on the show.
2014 Winter Olympics
Hough worked with American ice dancers Meryl Davis and Charlie White on their short dance program routine for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. The two went on to win the event’s gold medal, becoming the first Americans to do so. Also, read about Dionne Warwick
Hough was the main character on stage in “Jesus Christ Superstar” and danced in “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.” In 2006, he played Ren in the first performance of “Footloose: The Musical” in London’s West End. He also played Ren in the UK national tour of the show.
Four years later, Hough made his Broadway debut in the last four shows of “Burn the Floor” with Kym Johnson and Mary Murphy. In 2015, Hough performed in the New York Spring Spectacular at Radio City Music Hall, among other stage shows.
On the big screen, Hough had small roles in “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” in 2001 and “Rock of Ages” in 2012. In the South Korean-American dance movie “Make Your Move,” which came out in 2014, he had his first leading role. On the other hand, Hough played a dance teacher on an episode of “Better with You” on ABC. Also, read about John Mellencamp
He had a recurring role as Noah West on the musical drama series “Nashville” from 2014 to 2016. Hough also had a guest role on “Jane the Virgin,” was in the NBC live musical “Hairspray Live!,” and had a recurring role in the second season of “High School Musical: The Musical: The Series.” He was also a judge on NBC’s dance competition show “World of Dance” from 2017 to 2020.
Hough has done a lot of different things for music videos. In the music video for his sister’s single “That Song in My Head,” which came out in 2008, he had a small part. The next year, he was the main man in the “99 Times” video by Kate Voegele. Hough was also the main dancer in the music videos for “Parachute” by Cheryl and “Someone Somewhere Tonight” by Kellie Pickler.
He also directed the music videos for “Get My Name” by Mark Ballas and “Hold On” by himself. Hough has also done the choreography for “I Believe in You” by Michael Bublé and “The Arena” and “Between Twilight” by Lindsey Stirling.
Since 2015, Hough has been in a relationship with Hayley Erbert, who was also on “Dancing with the Stars.” They live in Los Angeles together.
Derek Hough Net Worth
Derek Hough Net Worth is estimated to be around $8 Million in 2022. In May 2014, Hough and his sister, Julianne, went on a sold-out summer tour called Move Live on Tour. They sang and danced for the crowds. It began in Park City, Kansas, and ended in Los Angeles, California. It went through 40 cities in the US and Canada. Due to how well it went, the Houghs did it again in 2015. Later, they started putting on free fitness events all over LA.
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