The ballroom dance floor just got a whole lot less sexy. According to reports, “Dancing With the Stars” fan favorite Derek Hough won’t be competing in Season 20 of the hit ABC series. We repeat: Hough will not appear in the 20th season of the reality competition when “DWTS” returns this spring.
Why is the five-time champion hanging up his dancing shoes? Well, People magazine reported it’s because Hough, 29, who previously left the show during Season 12, has a new gig! He’ll be playing the male lead in "New York Spring Spectacular" at Radio City Music Hall.
"I am ecstatic that I'll able to extend my passion for performing to the great stage of Radio City Music Hall in ‘New York Spring Spectacular,’" Hough said in a statement about his new endeavor. "Performing at Radio City Music Hall in a show that celebrates everything that is beloved about New York City is a dream. I can't wait to show fans this production.... It's going to be like nothing they've seen me in before."
Hough will make his Radio City Music Hall debut in March, taking on the role of Jack, "a man with a special mission who will receive an eternal reward if he’s able to help Bernie keep his position as a New York City tour guide," a press release for the show revealed. And, according to E! News, the two-stepping king will only be one of the many celebrities that can be spotted in the limited, seven-week production. The show will also feature the Rockettes, voices from actors such as Whoopi Goldberg and Bella Thorn, as well as many other cameos from your favorite stars.
But Hough won’t be the only professional dancer noticeably absent from the upcoming installment of “DWTS” due to a new job. Cheryl Burke will also be missing from Season 20 to star in a new NBC series that is still in early development.
"Contractually, my contract is over, and there's other opportunities that have been out there for me," she said during an interview with TV Guide in October. "It's so hard for me to talk about this, because I owe my life to ‘Dancing With the Stars.’ They've changed my life completely. They're my family, and it's always hard to say goodbye ... to a bunch of people that really believed in me from the start and continued to believe in me for the last 10 years."
It was also revealed that Season 20 will be longtime judge Len Goodman’s last year with the ABC program. "'Dancing With the Stars' -- next year is their 10th year, it's the 20th series of the show. So I think that's a nice place to stop,” he said in reference to ending his stint on the international hit reality competition.
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