Earlier this week, there was some tremendous news that came out for fans of Derek Hough, given that he has a new opportunity to star on a dance-themed reality show in a different capacity. He will be a judge over on NBC’s “World of Dance,” a project executive-produced by Jennifer Lopez, and that marks a tremendous opportunity to see how he is in a different capacity than the one we’re used to.
Now that we’ve said that, there is another elephant in the room when it comes to Hough’s future, and that is his status on “Dancing with the Stars.” He is a professional dancer on the show, and off and on has been for many seasons. Given when “World of Dance” starts, it is certainly possible that he cannot do both.
If Derek goes on to do “World of Dance,” it’s hard to really blame him given its a chance to take on a lucrative opportunity for a major network and world with an incredibly famous entertainer in Lopez. Also, it’s a chance to take on a job that is a little less demanding both physically and in terms of rehearsal time. Of course, it would be wonderful to continue to see him doing both simply due to what he’s brought to “Dancing with the Stars” as a competitor and a choreographer, but the new show would be top priority if there are conflicts.
Speaking in NKD Magazine, we do know that Derek looks at 2017 as a transitional year, and it seems that he is preparing to say goodbye. Unless a pro for the show comes out and says publicly that they are not planning to do another season in the near future, typically the system revolves around the show collaborating with the pros and figuring out the right partners for the right people. Of course, producers will have the final say. We’re anticipating him departing, but never say never, right?
Update: Hough did tell Ellen DeGeneres that he is done with the show for the spring season, but there could be more of him down the line, right?
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