How To VOTE for Nastia Liukin and Derek Hough on DWTS Season 20

It’s that time once again, folks! Time to dust off your voting accounts, make some new ones and get ready for season 20. Derek has an OLYMPIC ATHLETE, Nastia Liukin, this season – they need your votes and it’s time to get ready!  It’s up to YOU to make sure Nastia’s fans see this tutorial and learn how to vote!  This is the same tutorial I’ve used for many seasons now, so excuse any instance of the wrong person’s name. Just bring it to my attention. :-)  Watch this post, also, in case they change any of the rules as we get closer to the premiere. We won’t know the actual phone number until right before the premiere, so check back!! 

The Short Version

Call 1-855-234-5604 As soon as the show starts – you get the same number of votes as there are dancers. So week 1 you get 12 votes. We’ll find out the full number a few days before the show, so watch this space!! NOTE THE NEW NUMBER and update your speed dial

Go to and vote for Nastia and Derek (look for the big “Vote Now” banner)- and keep going with as many accounts as you can until 8 PM Eastern time on Tuesday evening.

Don’t forget calling in via Skype and Voting Using Facebook

Detailed Instructions for beginners: Continue reading

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Welcome to Pure Derek Hough!

This is a site for fans of Derek Hough. We try our best to compile all news, pictures, music and videos about and by Derek – if you find something you think we’ve missed, feel free to contact us. If you are a new fan of Derek’s and want to learn more about him, the “Accomplishments” and “Biography” buttons to the right (and above) contain pages of what we know (or think we know). ;-)

Also to the right is a music section where you can find music by Ballas Hough, Derek’s band, and songs that Derek has danced to on Dancing with the Stars. Complete with iTunes links.

If you want to see old posts, there are two ways: 1) by the media buttons to the right, or; 2) by month under the “Derek Archives” buttons also on the right-hand side of this page.

Questions? Click Contact Us. And Welcome!

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Discussion: Pick and Rate Your Top 3 Favorite Derek Hough Paso Dobles?

So, with a Paso Doble coming up Monday night, I thought it might be fun to talk on Derek’s Paso Dobles. I was thinking yesterday about how each and every one of them have been so unique. Question: if you were to pick your top 3 favorite Derek Hough Paso Dobles, which would you pick? Taking it one step further, rate them in order too. Let us know in comments.

Here are my choices:

1. To this day Derek and Joanna’s Futuristic Paso Doble is still my favorite. I’ll never forget how blown away I was by the futuristic colors, lighting, set design, their costumes, the dance, and the creativity. So clever. Just excellent and so masterful.

2. Bethany Mota isn’t my fave Derek Hough partner, but, I have to give it to her and Derek. Their Paso Doble was full out, non-stop power. My jaw drops to the ground watching it to this day. And their costumes, the drums beating… Everything….just magnificent!

3. And this pro number is one I will never forget. Mark Ballas played the guitar while Derek and Chelsie Hightower danced. I loved how traditional and passionate it was. The guitar, violin, etc, added with it made it even more intense. Unforgettable.

Ok, your turn!! Feel free to add links if you like. It’s a Derek Paso Celebration!xxx

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New Rehearsal Arrival Photos Of Derek Hough And Nastia Liukin – May 1, 2015

Awww, Derek and Nastia look so cute as they arrived to rehearsals for Dancing With The Stars yesterday. Be sure to see some new photos at the Daily Mail when you get a chance. Derek is even throwing his crutch around. lol

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DWTS Season 20 Week 8 Trio Song Revealed For Nastia Liukin, Derek Hough, And Fasha Farber

From our intel: Nastia, Derek, and Sasha’s jive trio song is to “Diane Young” by Vampire Weekend. You can listen to it and watch the video below. This is going to be awesome! Who’s ready? For more song and dance information, see PureDWTS.

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Samantha Harris Features Derek Hough Story At Her Website

Thanks to Lori for this find. Julianne Hough blogged about Samantha Harris’ website today “Gotta Make Lemons“. It’s a site for anyone who is facing or who has faced life’s lemons, overcoming them, and turning them into lemonade. One of the new featured stories is by Derek. Below is take from to get started….

Being brutally bullied as an adolescent was my lemon. Finding the courage and confidence to overcome that and own my life is my lemonade.

I’m used to leading on the dance floor. The music starts, and I take my partner’s hand, guiding her into position, controlling the flow of energy, directing the movement.

But when it comes to life, taking the lead isn’t so simple. It takes guts, but not the kind needed to jump out of an airplane from fourteen thousand feet or perform live in front of an audience of millions. Trust me, I’ve done both. It’s having the courage required to uncover the bigger picture. Where are you going and how will you get there? And most important, who will you become on your journey? Every mistake, every twist, turn, or total wipeout hands you an opportunity to learn and grow. Are you brave enough to take it?

I wasn’t. Honestly, the idea of writing a book about my life scared the hell out of me. I didn’t think I was ready to go there. It felt overwhelming—a lot of memories tangled up in emotions. I wasn’t sure the timing was right (I was competing in Seasons 17 and 18 of Dancing with the Stars) and I wasn’t convinced I knew what to say or how to say it. So I did what I do whenever I’m stuck on a dance and I don’t have a clue how to choreograph it. I break it down. I look at it, not as a whole, but as a series of steps that come together. Somehow, seeing each phase of my life this way brought it all into focus. The lessons became clear, the experiences came flooding back in vivid detail, and I felt empowered.

To read more, see this link. You might even recognize some of the passages as it’s from Derek’s book Taking The Lead: Lessons From A Life In Motion. If you haven’t read Derek’s book yet, be sure you order it at Amazon or any other source where they sell books. You won’t be able to put it down and you’ll be truly inspired.

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DWTS Season 20, Week 7: Derek Hough, Nastia Liukin and Sasha Farber Screencaps (Part 2)

This is a very pretty trio, IMO. :-) Couple cute shots of Mark and Willow too!

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Heads Up: Watch Derek Hough, Nastia Liukin, And Sasha Farber In Rehearsals For Dancing With The Stars Today

Hey, just a heads up for this afternoon! DWTS All Access will be streaming rehearsals today for Dancing With The Stars. You can watch Derek, Nastia, and Sasha at 3-4pm Pacific time HERE! If you aren’t able to watch, no worries. We’ll post a video of it later from @idolxfacto1 who alerted us. Thanks Al!!!!

ETA: Below is the live stream where you can watch rehearsals today with Derek, Nastia, and Sasha (first on tap though is Witney and Chris). Let us know what you think of them in comments as soon as their rehearsals start if you like. We’ll post the video as soon as we can afterwards for those who couldn’t watch.

ETA2: Derek, Nastia, and Sasha’s rehearsals just finished up. Just a few notes:

– Their Jive is looking sexy, quick, creative, and awesome. Derek is working his magic all over it including maybe some kind of mirror effects with his body. It’s hard to explain. Maybe someone can explain it in comments better. Whatever it was, I hope it makes the show on Monday.

– Derek said he wouldn’t be dancing in the Paso. I think he’s going to be sitting in the audience (or dance floor?) instead. Though he is very much doing the choreography (like with the Jive).

– Derek was moving really good through out the rehearsal. He was a little stiff and not limping very much, but, you could tell he is still feeling his injury and naturally so.

– Look for big twirling scarf poles in the Paso. Also, for the little bit we saw, Nastia is going to be beautiful in it. Some of her slinky, curvy moves were breathtaking. Powerful stuff.

– And one more thing: They were a livin’ HOOT! They were constantly giggling and having fun.

ETA3: Ok, below is a video thanks to speedy #idolxFactor1. Be sure to send him some thanks at twitter and let us know what you think? This should work for International viewers as well….

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Move Live On Tour 2015 Dancer Auditions Taking Place

Be sure to check out Julianne’s instagram as auditions began today for her and Derek’s Move Live On Tour. She posted the video below with the caption, “So…. Auditions are going well…. We decided that since @derekhough rarely wears a shirt we should probably see the last group of guys we narrowed it down to without their shirts on also…. @moveliveontour #MOVEliveontour #move @nappytabs @kylehanagami” Looking good, what do you think?

A video posted by Julianne Hough (@juleshough) on

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More New Photos Of Derek Hough, Nastia Liukin, And Sasha Farber Arriving To DWTS Rehearsals

Oh, the Daily Mail is so good to us. They posted more photos of Derek and Nastia arriving to rehearsals for Dancing With The Stars. Sasha is pictured too. And what is Derek eating? I’m loving his new shades. :) See the Daily Mail.

ETA: You can view more photos of Derek at Getty Images. Such a Doll as always

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Nastia Liukin Guests On Access Hollywood, Talks On DWTS, Derek Hough, And Sasha Farber

Here is Nastia on Access Hollywood today talking about Derek Hough, Sasha Farber, and Dancing With The Stars. Note how she says Derek might not be sitting for their Trio dance. They also have a JIVE for their trio dance.

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New Video Featuring Derek Hough in New York Spring Spectacular

From the Rockettes. No, I don’t think this means he’s going to be back in the show, it just means this is the footage they have. :-) And it’s good stuff too!

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