“Dancing with the Stars” favorite Derek Hough is returning to the show!
On Tuesday morning, it has been announced that Hough would be serving as a judge on Season 29, following in his younger sister Julianne’s footsteps.
Julianne was a judge on “Dancing with the Stars” from 2014-2017.
“Extra’s” Jenn Lahmers spoke with Hough, who will be joining Carrie Ann Inaba and Bruno Tonioli at the judges’ table for the first time. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Len Goodman is stuck in the UK. He emphasized, “Len is very much a part of the show. I am by no means replacing him, nor would I want to.”
Derek also discussed the protocols put in place this season, joking, “There is no fear of being hit in the face by Bruno with his movements.”
On Season 29 of the ABC hit, the pro dancers will be separated from their significant others for 11 weeks. Hough admitted, “That’s wild, that’s some commitment.”
While Derek hasn’t seen any of the rehearsals, Hough also shared his response to “Tiger King” star Carole Baskin competing on the show. Watch!
As for his judging style, Hough stressed that he wants to be “encouraging” and “help people through this” since he’s already experienced it all.
Hough first competed on “Dancing with the Stars” in 2007. He has won the Mirrorball Trophy more than any other pro dancer, with the help of his celebrity partners Brooke Burke, Nicole Scherzinger, Jennifer Grey, Kellie Pickler, Amber Riley and Bindi Irwin during his 17 seasons on the ABC hit.
Last week, “Extra’s” Jenn Lahmers spoke with new host Tyra Banks, who teased Derek’s return. She said, “Yeah, so Derek is coming back… and we'll have to let you know how he's coming back next week — you’ll just have to tune in see.”
“Dancing with the Stars” premieres September 14.