And he’s sooo cute. 🙂 I heard that about 500 times while standing around the convention center. “He’s sooo cute!!” by everyone from 14 to 70. 🙂 Well, the few men that were there didn’t share that, but you knew that by the title, right?
Anyway, I have video coming later but I thought I would share these pictures now. Some things you won’t hear on the videos is that Derek was pretty happy about being at a women’s show. 🙂 He has “a special person” in his life (said in response to a question of if he is dating anyone) – this was said early on before he makes a comment on one of the videos that is pretty funny. You’ll know it when you see it – the two comments were close enough together to be telling. 🙂 He was asked who he was close to in terms of the other pros and he mentioned Mark, Cheryl and Maks specifically then said he was friends with all of them and had no issues with any of them. He was asked how he felt about Ryan Seacrest and he said he’s a cool guy and that he (Ryan) hasn’t done anything to make him (Derek) mad yet – something like that. Paraphrasing, of course. Later on he mentioned that Julianne has sold her house in Nashville and is in LA now (when not in Miami for Rock of Ages) – then he was really cute when he said “Gee, I don’t know WHY she would move to LA” and everyone laughed.
Let’s see, what else…he talked a good bit about how he was a fighter when he was in grade school, he got bullied a lot so he got into a lot of fights and was in trouble a lot. Was in 6 schools before moving to London – there was much “Awwww”ing. He also talked about not wanting to go into dancing because he thought it was for sissies and some guy said “but you could meet girls” and Derek was like “exactly! And even at age 11 I was thinking “hey, she’s cute, I’ll dance” – that’s somewhat paraphrased too. I wish I had gotten everything on video, but I was having fun listening to him talk – he’s a pretty entertaining guy in front of a crowd. He got asked to show new moves and/or dance with people and he was really hesitant to do it – said he was shy and reiterated that when people didn’t believe him. I think he wasn’t ready to show something new in front of a crowd just yet. I’m sure I’ll think of more later, but there is a lot on video.
Oh, and he talked about Lil’ Kim, Jennifer and Nicole a good bit. I got the impression that he enjoyed Nicole the most because she has a similar sense of humor to his. But he said he loved all of them and they all had different challenges and he had a lot of drama – he didn’t say that in a bad way though.