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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New Interview with Marilu Henner on KyXy 96.5 Talking DWTS Season 23

I’m working on a way to embed it on the site, but in the meantime you can listen to the full interview at the 96.5 Website!!

Too fun. Gonna be a great season.

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Marilu Henner and Derek Hough Coming Up Tonight on Extra! (Photos and Video!!)

Buckle up, kids – here we go with the DWTS Season 23 Promo!! Whoo Hoo!!

LOVE this…

ETA: Vogue here and here’s another. Go Team Hennergy!

And another…

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Derek Hough And Marilu Henner “Behind The Scenes” Of Title Shoot Photos In ET Report – Video

This is so cool. Check out Derek and Marilu behind the scenes of their Title Shoot photos in this Entertainment Tonight report on the couples….

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Rob Wade Discusses Why They Wanted Maksim Chmerkovskiy, Cheryl Burke and Derek Hough Back

Executive Producer Rob Wade talked to People for why they asked Derek, Cheryl Burke, and Maks Chmerkovskiy back to the ballroom. It was “about bringing people – and America – together through dance”. Awesome. Here is more….

“When we knew had interest from Cheryl, Maks and Derek to come back, we felt strongly that the people we paired them with would be really suitable to them,” says Wade.

It’s only been one season since Hough won his sixth Mirrorball trophy (with Bindi Irwin on season 21), but Chmerkovskiy and Burke have not competed on the show since seasons 18 and 19, respectively.

“”This season is about bringing people – and America – together through dance,” says Wade. “And I think having Maks, Cheryl and Derek coming back to the family is a very important part of that.”

“It wasn’t easy because they have other opportunities, but they all love the show and are stoked to be coming back,” adds Wade. “I think it’s going to make for a really interesting season.”

To read the full article, see People.

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HD Photos Of Derek Hough At The 2016 Emmy Reception

Awwww, it’s about time we received some HD photos of Derek at the 2016 Emmy Reception. See AP Images for some gorgeousness.

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Derek Hough, Marilu Henner and the Cast of DWTS Season 23 in People Magazine!

Here’s some good coverage of the entire cast from People Magazine – not gonna lie, of course I’m most excited for Derek and Marilu. I’ve been a fan of hers for a long time…and when I sussed out her as Derek’s partner a few days ago, part of me thought it might just be wishful thinking on my part. 🙂

“I’m excited to say that I’ll be back on Dancing with the Stars,” the six-time Mirrorball Trophy winner, 31, posted on his Facebook page Monday before it was announced he would be partnered with Henner, 64.

“Marilu came into the room and had such a great energy and excitement about the show and getting to learn to dance,” executive producer Rob Wade tells PEOPLE of the former Taxi star. “We knew right then we wanted her on the show.”

“When we knew had interest from Cheryl, Maks and Derek to come back, we felt strongly that the people we paired them with would be really suitable to them,” says Wade, who has paired 32-year-old Burke – a two-time Mirrorball Trophy winner who previously competed in seasons 2 through 19 – with Olympian Lochte.

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Derek Hough, Cheryl Burke and Maksim Chmerkovskiy on the Cover of US Weekly talking DWTS Season 23!!

Don’t get too upset, they are clearly using old quotes from Maks – I recognize them from a few years ago. Love what Cheryl has to say, though. 🙂 Excerpt from US Weekly, below – pretty sure this is also an old quote from Derek:

He’s also not dwelling on allegations. “Whatever somebody else says about me, that’s only a reflection on how they feel and how they are,” he continues. “I just say, Look, I’m putting in the work. I don’t want to get caught up in it. I don’t need extra drama.”

For her part, the single Burke understands both sides. “People are like, ‘Derek has six Mirrorball Trophies!’ But that’s because Derek is talented,” says Burke, who took off seasons 20 to 22. “When I won my first two seasons, people thought it was being rigged for me!”

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First DWTS Interview with Derek Hough and Marilu Henner

Oh yeah, this is gonna be fun. Derek is hilarious…they both are!!

ETA: If the video above doesn’t play, you can also see it at Access Hollywood.

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Derek Hough and Marilu Henner DWTS Official Photo!

They look AMAZING together – I so can’t wait to see them dance!! Go Marilu!!

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Derek Hough And His New DWTS Season 23 Partner Announcement On Good Morning America

Wow, I still can’t believe it! Derek is going to be on Dancing With The Stars again! Woo Hoo! Good Morning America is about to announce it and his new Season 23 partner Marilu Henner in only moments from now. So exciting! Stay tuned and keep checking back for updates. Also, be sure to let Miss Heidi know how you feel in comments.

ETA: Tom is excited and they just mentioned how Derek is back.

ETA2: GMA just announced Marilu! Tom talked about how she remembers everything and he’s known her for years.

ETA3: A time out: Don’t miss a summary on Marilu at the Official Dancing With The Stars site here. People also has a report on the cast with a quote from Rob Wade….

“Marilu came into the room and had such a great energy and excitement about the show and getting to learn to dance,” executive producer Rob Wade tells PEOPLE of the former Taxi star. “We knew right then we wanted her on the show.”

And from USA Today

Henner comes to Dancing as a “rabid fan.”

“I keep telling people they were either going to let me do it finally or they were going to have to get a restraining order,” the actress says, praising the program for endorsing physical activity. “I’m all about motion. … I think it keeps you alive.”

And here’s this too…. Continue reading

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