A few weeks ago, I compiled a few interview questions for Derek and I asked around to see what others want to know. I tried to cover all the bases – without getting personal! – and he’s answered the questions for us. We’ll have to hope that he updates us when he can – I don’t know about the rest of you, but I’m always wanting to hear more, more, more! Thanks, Derek!
PDH: What do you think will be Maria’s strengths and weaknesses on the dancefloor?
Derek: Maria is fearless on the dance floor. She’s up for anything and has really made a marked improvement early on in the competition.
PDH: After 9 seasons on TV show like DWTS, what is it like to look back at your competition days? Was it harder or easier to be the student under Corky and Shirley as opposed to being the teacher?
Derek: I enjoy being a student and learning. I don’t think you should ever stop being a student. That’s where the most creative ideas come from. Teaching is a blessing as well because I get to share what I’ve learned and my passion for creative movement with people.
PDH: Are you more or less competitive on DWTS than you were when you were dancing competitively out of London, or is it just too different to compare?
Derek: I’m generally a competitive person in life. I want to be the best that I can be regardless of whether it’s a competition or a show.
PDH: You created some spectacular professional dances last season. For example, your dance with Allison Holker – amazing. Are the two of you planning something for the DWTS ballroom this season? From your tweets, it looks like you were working on something together.
Derek: You never know what I have up my sleeve!
PDH: Speaking of tweets, we know that you are creating some new music. Is a solo album in your future or other musical projects?
Derek: I like to keep my hand in the music arena. I enjoy having multiple ways of expressing myself. I’ve written music for my upcoming feature debut Cobu 3D.
PDH: We know you are a triple threat, if you could drop yourself into any current Broadway show, which would it be? Any plans in that direction??
Derek: I’m always open to the idea of doing Broadway or a stage show.
PDH: Your fans, and the fans of your costar BoA, are anxiously waiting to see Cobu 3D. I’ve seen release dates for Europe and Asia discussed in various places. When can we see it in the U.S. and any chance you and BoA will do a dance on DWTS to promote it, like Julianne did for Footloose?
Derek: Release dates should be announced soon!
PDH: Do you want to do another movie, and if so – what genre interests you most?
Derek: I’d love to do more films. I’d like to explore doing comedy.
PDH: Same question regarding television – we thought you were a natural on “Better With You”.
Derek: Television is such a fast paced medium to work in and I’d love to do more.
PDH: What have you learned about Maria that surprised you, besides the cute laugh, and what do you think of your chances this season? We’ll be voting!!
Derek: I think that with Maria’s drive we have just as good a shot as anyone this season!