Professional dancer Derek Hough will not be returning for season 12 of ABC’s Dancing with the Stars.
Hough, three time DWTS stars champ who most recently won season 11 with his partner Jennifer Grey, says, “I’m taking season 12 off.”
Hough, 25, will be busy this spring playing the lead role in an upcoming dance movie called Cobu 3D while season 12 of DWTS is being taped. The movie is a Romeo and Juliet-style love story (their dance groups are rivals) that will be accented by “some incredible dance numbers,” says Hough. “People will see a much edgier side of me and these other styles of dance I’m capable of doing.”
Although Hough will be missed, his DWTS colleagues fully support him.
“We wish Derek the best as he takes time off from Dancing With the Stars to pursue his film career and look forward to having him return to the show in the Fall,” the show’s executive producer Conrad Green said in a statement.