We’re less than a week away now from the premiere of Dancing with the Stars 29, and we can now officially talk Derek Hough’s role!
We can’t say that anything in here is all that much of a surprise, as it has been confirmed now that Hough will be serving as a judge on the upcoming season of the ABC hit. He is replacing Len Goodman, who is unable to travel due to the global health crisis. Both Bruno Tonioli and Carrie Ann Inaba will be present in studio for some of the performance shows. (Len is still set to have some sort of role, albeit from afar.)
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In a statement, here is what Derek (who also judges World of Dance for NBC) had to say about his return:
“This show has been and will always be incredibly special to me … Coming back feels like coming home, and I couldn’t be more excited to be back in the ballroom.”
Dancing with the Stars is the show that made Derek a household name in the dance community, and he is also one of the most successful pros in the series’ history. His sister Julianne Hough has served as a judge and former champion in the past, as well, making this even more of a family tradition. We think Derek should do more than fine in this role, even if we’re going to miss Len and his curmudgeon ways as a part of the panel.
What do you think about Derek Hough being a judge on Dancing with the Stars 29?
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