Derek began on “DWTS” in Season 5 and has competed as a pro dancer for every season since, except Season 12 and this year’s 22nd season.He was won the mirror ball trophy six times, and has racked up eight Emmy nominations for his choreography on the show. Since departing “DWTS” as a dancer, Julianne has also had her fare share of film work with “Safe Haven,” “Footloose” and “Rock of Ages.” Derek has had roles on ABC’s “Nashville” and the CW’s “Jane the Virgin.” E!(In case you missed it, you can read our recap of the best and worst moments here.)Almost an hour after Tom Bergeron declared Bindi Irwin and Derek Hough the winners of season 21, Bindi was still in disbelief, shouting from the top of her lungs, "I think I'm going to scream for 20 minutes!" Her exuberance and genuine nature endeared her to literally every one on set, but no one more so than Derek."And when they moved to London I moved over there with his parents and we became like brothers really. It’s cool because I remember us being kids in our bedroom back in London and being like, hey man it’s so weird that we’re going to be best men at each other’s weddings. ” Derek has enjoyed the bright lights of Hollywood, including starring on “Dancing with the Stars” with his sister Julianne and best friend Mark.“It’s been really cool to go on these journeys and have these opportunities together," Hough reflected. Even with my sister..be able to work with her and to share passions and to share interests; I've been very fortunate.” Recently, a pair of protestors stormed the “Dancing with the Stars” ballroom floor wearing anti Ryan Lochte t-shirts during a live taping."It's just so special with Bindi," he told reporters backstage.
He has come a long way since growing up in Utah with superstar sister Julianne.It was during that time the dancer met another future “DWTS” castmate Mark Ballas."Mark and I actually met in Utah because his parents were teaching dance there," Hough said.will return for its 22nd season with Len Goodman back where he belongs, Bindi Irwin as the reigning champ, and a baby boy or girl for Allison Holker.There's much to look forward to, but not before we close out this season one last time with everything that happened after the finale!While ABC has not announced the judges for Season 23 yet, Carrie Ann Inaba, Bruno Tonioli and Len Goodman were on the panel last season, and even with Julianne coming back, sources say there has been no talk of any of them departing.(The foursome judged together for two previous seasons.) ABC declined to comment on the Hough’s return, and any other casting buzz.The past year while she was on break from being a “DWTS” judge, Julianne had the starring role of Sandy in Fox’s “Grease Live! Her brother will also take his turn in the live TV musical world with NBC’s “Hairspray Live! Online was first to report on the Hough’s return for Season 23.Other pros who will be on the upcoming season are Maksim and Val Chmerkovskiy, Gleb Savchenko, Witney Carson, Artem Chigvintsev, Sharna Burgess, Lindsay Arnold and Sasha Farber.Julianne and Derek Hough are spending the holidays up in the mountains!The 31-year-old professional dancer took to Instagram to share a pic of himself and his friends on a ski trip as they celebrate ‘Friendsmas’!