Derek Hough Walks Tall With Emmy In His Pocket And Bindi Irwin On His Arm

Latin and ballroom dancer Derek Hough has been soaking up the spotlight with his latest Emmy Award and a triumphant Week 2 of Dancing With The Stars, putting celebrity partner Bindi Irwin through her paces.

Amid the glitter of the sixty-seventh annual Primetime Emmy Awards on Sunday, September 20 at the Microsoft Theater in downtown Los Angeles, California, Derek Hough won the Emmy for Outstanding Choreography. The award, which reflected his successful work with Dancing With The Stars, he shared with his sister, Juliana Hough, and Tessandra Chavez.

According to News.com, actress Julianne Hough, 27, a Dancing With The Stars judge, paired up with her 30-year-old brother Derek Hough on the red carpet at the Emmys. It was a star-studded event attended by the likes of Amy Schumer, Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Jeffrey Tambor.

For Week 2 of Dancing With The Stars, on September 21 in Hollywood, Derek Hough and Bindi Irwin scored the highest in the judges eyes by successfully pulling off a Tango to an AC/DC accompaniment. As in the previous week, Hough and Irwin took the top spot in the rankings. They earned 25 points, the highest score of the season, including a nine from judge Carrie Ann Inaba.

The other celebrity pairings on the leaderboard showed the following results, as reported by Hollywood Life. Sharna Burgess and Nick Carter (who did the Jive dedicated to a special teacher he had while growing up in Tampa, Florida) scored 21 points out of 30. Paula Deen and Louis van Amstel danced the Rumba for Paula’s hometown of Savannah, Georgia and got 19 points. Hayes Grier and Emma Slater did the Foxtrot after Hayes made his appearance on an electric motorbike, earning 22 points. Chaka Khan and Keo Motsepe did the Foxtrot for Chaka’s Chicago hometown and scored 15, an improvement over the previous week. Andy Grammer and Allison Holker danced to the Jive, with musician Grammer commenting afterwards that it was “hard.” They scored a 21. Kim Zolciak Biermann and Tony Dovolani did the Quickstep, garnered a 19. Alek Skarlatos and Lindsay Arnold danced the Jazz to “Don’t Stop Believin'” and earned 23 points. Alexa PenaVega and Mark Ballas danced the Salsa with Alexa in a wildcat outfit, scoring 24. Victor Espinoza and Karina Smirnoff danced the Rumba to “La Bamba” celebrating his Mexican heritage and earned 17 points. Tamar Braxton and Valentin Chmerkovskiy did the Cha-cha to her favorite, “We are Family,” and scored 24. Gary Busey and Anna Trebunskaya did the Foxtrot, springing an improved Busey performance, earning 18 points. Carlos PenaVega and Witney Carson did the Foxtrot to continue their rivalry with Alexa and Mark, whom they beat by one point last week, and scored a tie with them this time, at 24 points.

The first couple to go in the season, Chaka Khan and her professional dance partner, Keo Motsepe, were eliminated due to their low score of 15 points.

Prior to his latest Emmy, Derek Hough won two other Primetime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Choreography in Dancing With The Stars. He made his first appearance on D.W.T.S. in season four as a guest instructor along with sister Julianne Hough. By season five, he was absorbed into the cast of professional instructors for the show.

His previous romantic entanglements have tongues wagging about his working relationship with croc princess Bindi Irwin, 17. From 2000 to 2008, he was linked to India de Beaufort. From 2008 to 2009, he and Shannon Elizabeth were an item. Between 2010 and 2011, Cheryl Cole was central to his life. In 2013, it was Nina Dobrev.

Hough recently posted an Instagram depicting himself embracing Irwin, accompanied by the following text.

“So proud of this incredible Angel! She continuously reminds me of the magic in life with her infectious powerful energy. Love you”.

An animal lover often in the company of his rescue dog, Romie, Derek Hough seems to have a lot in common with wildlife warrior Bindi Irwin.

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