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Derek Hough Returns To DWTS As A Judge

The 'pro' will join DWTS' new host, Tyra Banks, and some familiar faces from your favorite reality tv shows.

September 8, 2020 12:32pm

You may know Derek Hough for his charisma and slick moves on the Dancing With The Stars stage, so it’s no surprise that ABC is having the hunk return for the show’s 29th season. In an unexpected twist from 2020, Derek will be returning to the hit show as a judge, not a dancer.

The announcement:

After stating how grateful Derek was for his experience on DWTS as a dancer, Derek announced,”I look forward to returning as a judge. I hope to be fair, fun, encouraging, honest, helpful, compassionate and I look forward to watching these amazing journeys unfold. See you soon. And good luck to all the competitors this season.”

The pro-turned-judge ended his post with some advice for the latest batch of celebs, “Work Hard! Have Fun!” Sounds like pro advice if you ask me!

The judges’ panel:

According to reports from US Weekly, the “35-year-old dancer will serve as a judge during season 29, alongside Carrie Ann Inaba and Bruno Tonioli. Last week, a source confirmed to Us Weekly that the show has been trying to figure out how to incorporate judge Len Goodman, who cannot travel from London due to the pandemic.”

New host, who dis?

Derek isn’t the only new face you’ll see on the 29th season of DWTS!

Tyra Banks is joining as the show’s host, replacing Tom Bergeron and Erin Andrews. Tom “spilled the tea via his social media network that he was not invited to return to the hit show after his 15 year run as host. Tom joked in his caption, ‘Just when I figured out how to work the spray tanner! 😉‘”

Who are this year’s stars?

Season 29 is going to be hot! Joining the incredible professionals are Backstreet Boys‘ bad boy, AJ McLean, rapper Nelly, actress Anne Heche, Desperate HousewivesJesse Metcalfe and former NFL player, Vernon Davis. Also on the roster are Disney Channel alum Skai Jackson, One Day at a Time star Justina Machado, co-host of ‘The RealJeannie Mai, NBA icon Charles Oakley, and ice skater Johnny Weir.

Are any reality tv stars joining the DWTS cast?

From Netflix‘s reality tv show catalog, Selling Sunset‘s Chrishell Stause, Tiger King‘s Carole Baskin and Cheer coach Monica Aldama. The ladies of Netflix will be joined by former Bachelorette, Kaitlyn Bristowe and ‘Catfish‘ host Nev Schulman.


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