Derek Hough Says Jennifer Lopez Inspired Him to Go for the Las Vegas Residency Show

Emmy award-winning performer Derek Hough is about to embark on a multiple date Las Vegas residency show and shared that World of Dance co-judge Jennifer Lopez inspired him.

Hough will unveil Derek Hough: No Limit at Flamingo Las Vegas beginning June 2. He shared with Showbiz Cheat Sheet that a Vegas residency has always been on his list of goals to achieve. “The opportunity came up, and I’m excited,” he says. “I’m excited to be at the Flamingo Hotel in Las Vegas, an iconic room.”

TV personality/dancer Derek Hough visits Hallmark Channel's "Home & Family" at Universal Studios Hollywood.
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Hough is in the planning stages of the show and promises, “It’s going to be a great show, along with live music and the best dancing. And an incredible cast of dancers.”

Derek Hough discussed the opportunity with Jennifer Lopez

Hough shared that Lopez inspired him to pursue the possibility of securing a residency in Las Vegas. Her Vegas show, Jennifer Lopez: All I Have, set box office ticket sale records.

“I talked with Jennifer Lopez yesterday about it as we were filming World of Dance, and I told her, ‘You kind of inspired me,'” Hough reveals. “I was talking with her when she was doing her show in Vegas, and she just loved it. She had such a great time and thoroughly enjoyed it, so yeah, she kind of inspired me a little bit.”

Hough and Lopez seem to have a close bond. He sent her a “good luck” video before she performed at the Super Bowl halftime show. Hough told US Weekly the video was actually fiancé Alex Rodriguez’s idea. “A-Rod sent me a text yesterday,” he says. “He was putting together a good luck video for her, and what a good dude, man.”

Hough says staying in shape helped him recover quickly from surgery

Athletic professionals like Hough and Lopez always have to stay on top of their fitness game. Hough offered insight into how being physically fit helped him recover quickly after having an emergency appendectomy in November.

“It took me about a day to come to the conclusion that this is more than just a stomach ache,” he recalls. “I was just lucky I was here because I had just landed from South Korea. So it was good timing.”

Hough bounced back quickly thanks to being in top physical condition. “It was quick, maybe about a week or two before I was back in the gym,” he says.

Hough had an amazing sense of humor about the entire incident. He shared a hilarious post-op video dancing in his hospital gown.

Hough is still busy supporting important causes

Hough is known for lending support to causes that are important to him. He partnered with The Future of Good program, which invests in youth who want to bring fairness back to their communities. This is Hough’s second year working on the initiative, and he loves how the program inspires young people to bring positive solutions to their communities.

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“It was so wonderful. I actually was able to award this young boy $10,000 last year and be there in the hospital,” he recalls. “And it is just the best feeling in the world.” This marks the fifth consecutive year of The Future of Good program, where U.S. Cellular recognizes, celebrates and invests in young people who are tackling unfairness in their community through acts of good. U.S. Cellular is raising awareness for youth causes and increasing their impact by giving them $10,000 toward their cause.

Hough shared that young people between the ages of 6 and 17 who want to make a positive impact in their community can apply through April 15, 2020. Or anyone over the age of 18 can nominate a young person to receive a $10,000 award.