‘Dancing With the Stars’ Fans Freak out Over Derek Hough’s Major Announcement

Derek Hough is one of the most beloved professional dancers of Dancing with the Stars. He has performed dozens of iconic routines on the ABC reality television series and is one of the most decorated pros, with six mirrorball trophy wins throughout 17 seasons. 

Ahead of the show’s “Horror Night,” Hough made a significant announcement that has the show’s fans freaking out. The series will feature songs and dances based on iconic horror movies and villains. What does Hough have up his sleeve that sparked such interest from Dancing with the Stars viewers?

Derek Hough on the set of "Dancing with the Stars" season 30.
Derek Hough on the set of “Dancing with the Stars” season 30. | ABC/Christopher Willard

Derek Hough sits on the ‘DWTS’ judging panel

After years of being judged by Carrie Ann Inaba, Len Goodman, and Bruno Tonioli, Hough can now call them his contemporaries. In 2020 he returned to the show after an absence of four years.

Hough announced in 2016 that he would leave the Dancing with the Stars ballroom floor behind. However, he did not leave the world of television behind, appearing as a judge on NBC’s World of Dance

With great surprise and delight, Hough returned to the series that made him a household name to fill in for head judge Len Goodman. The 2020 season of DWTS filmed under tight coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions. Therefore, Goodman was unable to travel from his London home to the show’s LA location. Just ahead of DWTS’ season 30, Hough revealed he would sit as the fourth judge on the panel.

The six-time mirrorball winner’s major announcement

Derek Hough wears a gray suit in a promo photograph.
Derek Hough | ABC/Adrienne Raquel

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Hough announced on Instagram, “I’ve really enjoyed being a judge on DWTS, but this Monday, I get from behind the desk and hit the dance floor.” 

While he did not elaborate further on his performance in this post, fans shared their thrill at the prospect of Hough utilizing his dance talents on the show once again.

One of these admirers was fellow judge Inaba who wrote, “It’s about time. I love when you dance, Derek! We all do! I can’t wait to see what magic you are bringing on Monday. And this suit! So good.”

Hough’s fans echoed her sentiments.

“Derek brightens my Mondays when he dances! I do miss him and his partners competing every week. His creative choreography,  his dancing, and how he brings THE best out of his partners,” wrote one viewer.

“Can’t wait to watch!” penned a second follower.

Derek Hough’s spooky DWTS performance

In a separate Instagram post shared by Dancing with the Stars, Hough, girlfriend Hayley Erbert, and the show’s troupe teased what fans could expect from this exciting performance.

Hough was seen in the ballroom preparing for what appeared to be a thrilling dance. He said he said there would be passion, music, and horror in a video with Erbert.

Following were clips of Hough and the troupe as they prepared for the DWTS live show.

Hough last performed solo on DWTS during the season 29 finale of the show. It was his first time performing solo in the ballroom and dancing without a partner in a decade.

Dancing with the Stars airs Mondays at 8 p.m. EST on ABC.