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.

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Derek Hough has Something “Big” in the Works!

And this sounds pretty exciting!! Derek has a new interview in Parade Magazine where he talks about Dancing with the Stars, World of Dance, High School Musical…and a secret, new, BIG project that he’s creating. I can’t wait to see it!! I’ve put a small excerpt from Parade Magazine below – click the link to read the whole thing:

First, on HSMTMTS:

Is Zack going to be singing and dancing?

Yeah, there is a song and dance performance in this season. I’m doing a duet. What was cool was I’m originally from Utah, and we filmed in Utah. It was good to go home and see the family and then go shoot some episodes.


This is another musical, like Hairspray Live! Do you ever want to play a dark, twisted role?

We’ll see in the future. When I went to theater arts school in London, there were a few things I did that were quite dark and moody and emotional. Honestly, I loved that. However, I think that right now, for me, my focus in future projects that I’m about to work on, I feel like in this day, I feel compelled to do joy, pure and fun. I feel like there’s a lot of density right now in general in the world, and I feel like bringing a little bit of light, a little bit of joy, is calling to me.


Now on that big project…

You mentioned you’re creating a platform for dancers to showcase their abilities. Is that part of your ABC deal? Or are you working on a show for you to star in?

There is a show. I’m not allowed to officially announce anything, but I will say that there’s something in the works that I’m very, very, very excited about. It is a once in a lifetime project. When people ask what a dream project would be like, well, this it. It’s a huge challenge. Again, it’s a lot of joy, a lot of nostalgia, a lot of pure entertainment. But it is a massive, massive undertaking, I will say that. I’m excited to create it.

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Derek Hough talks Dancing with the Stars Partners and Embarrassing Moments (New Video)

This is a fun video from US, although most of Derek’s die hard fans could answer most of these questions for him. 🙂 He’s looking handsome, that’s for sure!! Check out the video, below.

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Derek Hough talks To “Extra” about DWTS and Red Robin Dance Challenge (Video)

This is a fun little video with Derek looking gorgeous as usual. I don’t think that Len will allow Derek to sit on his lap though. 🙂 I guess we’ll have to wait and see.

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Derek Hough Talks Dancing with the Stars Season 30! (New Video)

Derek talks to KTLA about DWTS, and he also talks his partnership with Red Robin for International Dance Day…and there’s a contest! Dance and eat with Derek. 🙂

Derek also talked to ET yesterday about Len coming back to the ballroom and High School Musical – it looks like there was a video but it’s not playing for me. Here’s an excert – click the link to read the whole thing.

“I’m very excited. It’s extraordinary. Unbelievable to think that it’s season 30,” Hough told ET while promoting season 2 of Disney+’s High School Musical: The Musical: The Series, where he plays East High’s rival drama teacher, Zack. “Wow, it sounds crazy to say that out loud. I remember joining season 5, and I can’t remember who it was, but somebody said something like, ‘Oh yeah, this show has two more seasons left in it.’ And here we are, in season 30. It’s pretty extraordinary. But it just shows what an amazing show it is.”

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“It’ll be interesting to see that dynamic. I feel like him and I are quite different,” he continued. “We’re very different, I should say. So it’ll be interesting to see how we feel and if we disagree on a lot of things. And I’m sure we will.”

Pro dancer Lindsay Arnold — who took a season off last year to give birth to her baby girl, Sage — told ET in her own interview that she thinks having both Hough and Goodman will make it a “a tough, tough” judging panel. “I feel like it will be like a little battle of who can be tougher, which is terrifying for the celebrities, and for me, if I’m a pro!” she explained.

Hough agreed that it “will be interesting” to see, but added that his main goal as a judge is to still be “as helpful as I possibly can” to the pairs competing for the mirrorball trophy.

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Derek Hough and Hayley Erbert to Attend BMA Foundation’s “Dine and Dance”

It’s all happening June 12th in Kansas. Derek and Hayley will apparently be joined by Artem, Gleb, Sasha and Emma. Sounds like a fun evening! You can get tickets at the link included in the Instagram post.

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First Look at Derek Hough in “High School Musical: The Musical: The Series” (Video)

Well, this is something fun to look forward to in May on Disney plus!! Derek, as we’ve previously reported, is guest starring High School Musical: The Musical: The TV Show in the upcoming season 2 – and below is the first video I’ve seen of him in that role. Looks like fun!

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Derek Hough Appears on “For You” Official Tic Tok Podcast

This is a super fun podcast with Derek. Give it a listen…I’ve embedded it below. Hope it works! 🙂 He talks about how he got his start, DWTS, World of Dance and more!

ETA: Here’s a little video clip of the interview

ETA 2: And here’s the video!!

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Sneak Peek of Derek Hough in “High School Musical: The Musical: The Series” (New Interview)

….and if you go to the link, you’ll see some great photos as well. Since they belong to Disney, I won’t be posting them here, but People.com has several that are interesting. I also love the idea of Derek playing against type, singing and dancing!! What more could we ask for? He also talks a tiny bit about his new, upcoming project and World of Dance. I’ve put a few excerpts below.

When the show returns to Disney+ for season 2 on May 14, the choreographer and Dancing with the Stars judge, 35, debuts as new character Zack, a Broadway star returning home to direct the theater program at East High’s rival high school. Oh, and he’s also Miss Jenn’s (Kate Reinders) ex.

“He’s a little bit of a baddie — or the opposition,” Hough tells PEOPLE. “It was fun to lean into just being a little smug. In life, I’m very self-deprecating and a goofball really, so it was fun to play that character. And to sing a little bit and to dance.”

With HSMTMTS and the next season of Dancing with the Stars on his agenda, Hough says he’s not spending too much time mourning the recent cancellation of World of Dance — and instead is focused on a new show he’s developing.

“I’ve known for a while, but I loved World of Dance so much; I loved working with Jennifer [Lopez] and Ne-Yo and of course all the amazing, amazing dancers,” Hough says. “But I’m really, really excited about where I am right now with Dancing with the Stars and with ABC and Disney, and I have a new show that I’m very, very, very excited about that is extremely challenging but is sort of a dream project. I can’t say what it is yet, but we’ll probably be announcing it relatively soon.”

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Derek Hough and Hayley Erbert Try Acro Yoga (Video)

This was surprisingly entertaining and rather hilarious. They also did a lot better than they even expected! Be sure to subscribe to their channel – every week is something different but always entertaining. 🙂

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Derek Hough Leads Virtual Dance Party for Salesforce Careers (Video)

This is a fun virtual event with the always charming, fun and inspirational Derek Hough. Not to mention handsome, with the serious smooth moves. Hayley joins Derek in salsa! So hot. I don’t think this can be embedded but I’ve included a link, below, that should take you to video of the live event.

Virtual Dance Party for Salesforce Career Members

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