Derek Hough is officially returning to Dancing with the Stars. Though Good Morning America confirmed this week that Derek would be heading back to the ballroom for Season 29, they also revealed that he might not be back as a professional dancer. It seems he may be taking on a new role, but fans won’t know for sure until Tuesday, September 8.
The ABC morning show announced his return in a tweet, which can be seen here, on Wednesday, September 2.
“TUESDAY: @derekhough is coming BACK to @DancingABC – but what will he be doing?” the message teased, mere hours after the full cast was announced.
“TUNE IN TO @GMA TUESDAY TO FIND OUT!” the tweet continued in all caps, alongside the hashtags #DancingOnGMA and #DWTS.
Good Morning America also posted a 15-second video that showed some of Derek’s best moments in the ballroom over the years. The clip dubbed him a “legend” and confirmed “he will be back” for what it described as an “epic season.”
Fans were pretty excited to know for sure that the DWTS star would be returning, especially after big changes to the show were recently announced, including Tyra Banks replacing Tom Bergeron and Erin Andrews.
“They said we gonna lose ratings without Tom [Bergeron], so they brought back the king of the ballroom!” one Twitter user replied.
“ONLY #TheLegend @DerekHough could make me watch this season. Smart move @DancingABC to get back all the viewers that weren’t going to watch because @Tom_Bergeron isn’t on,” another wrote.
“This is fantastic,” another tweet read.
Fans also speculated about what Derek’s new role might be, with some suggesting maybe he’s a judge, as the panel is not yet confirmed.
Derek does have some judging experience under his belt. He’s been on the panel for NBC’s World of Dance alongside Jennifer Lopez and Ne-Yo since 2017. Judging also runs in the family. His sister Julianne Hough was a pro turned judge and sat on the panel alongside Len Goodman, Carrie Ann Inaba, and Bruno Tonioli until she departed in 2017.
Derek first appeared as a professional on DWTS back in 2007. He won the show a record-breaking six times with celebrity partners including Nicole Scherzinger, Kellie Pickler, and Bindi Irwin. It’s still possible he could be back to dance with one of this year’s celebrity contestants, as the pairings haven’t been revealed, though he was not included on the list when ABC revealed the returning pros last month.
Derek last appeared as a pro in 2016 when he finished in sixth place with Marilu Henner.