Professional dancer and television personality Derek Hough recently revealed that he was seriously injured during the taping of a television special, one wherein he appears alongside sibling Julianne. Titled Holidays with the Houghs, the show will air this evening on NBC. In a nod to the old showbiz adage, “the show must go on,” he kept on dancing despite his injury.
During an appearance alongside Julianne on the latest episode of The Kelly Clarkson Show, Derek revealed to show host Kelly Clarkson that he had ripped his hamstring while filming. Hamstrings are large muscles located at the back of the thigh.
In a clip posted to The Kelly Clarkson Show’s official website, Kelly questioned the dance pro about the injury he sustained during the very first number of the special.
“The very first move of the special I came out and did a little James Brown split and I ripped my hamstring and I screamed,” he revealed to a shocked Clarkson, who covered her mouth in horror when she realized the extent of the six-time Dancing with the Stars mirrorball winner’s injury.
“I fixed it up with duct tape and just kept going,” he revealed.
In the background, a photo of Derek in the hospital showing off his injury was evident.
He then told the audience that no one could tell, but there were tears in the corners of his eyes as he smiled while the cameras rolled.
Derek also revealed to both Kelly and her audience that he has released a new song to usher in the new decade, one titled “Say It Now.”
The entertainer is hopeful that his fans stop using the excuse of “someday” to put off pursuing their dreams, using a quote by motivational speaker Tony Robbins that states, “the road of someday leads to a town of nowhere,” to inspire viewers.
The siblings are thrilled to be both hosting and performing in their first holiday special. The hourlong show will feature the Emmy Award-winning choreographers performing in show-stopping musical and dance performances.
The duo’s friendly sibling rivalry will be on full display as they put their own spin on holiday classics and share in Hough family holiday traditions. In addition, there will be special appearances by today’s top recording artists — including Ne-Yo and Ciara — comedy sketches, and heartwarming surprises for fans to enjoy.
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REHEARSALS: It was a lot of fun Creating so much content for this Holiday Special. Unfortunately we weren’t able to use everything. We had a blast playing around with this light hearted concept. @phillipchbeeb and @makenzie_dustman are both so talented and love working with their brilliant minds. As you can see, this is super rough, but I thought this video best represents our process in creating as siblings. Tune in for more!!! MONDAY DECEMBER 16th at 10pm on @nbc . . WAIT TILL THE END! “Not My Nips!!”
Holidays with the Houghs will air tonight, December 16, at 10 p.m. EST on NBC. An encore presentation of the special will air on Monday, December 23, at 8 p.m. EST.
Derek and Julianne Hough’s appearance on The Kelly Clarkson Show will also air today. Those interested should consult local listings to determine more specifics.