Derek Hough Talks About The DWTS17 Finale, His Future Plans To Tour In Live Show, And More


Derek Hough has written a new blog at TV Guide. He and Amber are feeling good and pumped about this week’s finale. Derek also writes about their dances and how they are playing off of Amber’s strengths.

We have a fun idea for the freestyle. It’s a supersized freestyle again. Last season, I “undersized” it for Kellie, but we’re not doing that this time. The freestyle is all about playing to your partner’s strengths. For Kellie, it was about showcasing her flexibility and athleticism. I watch that dance now and I still can’t believe how fantastic she is. That will always be one of my favorite freestyles. This one is so different, but I think it will also be one of my favorite freestyles. We’re playing to Amber’s strengths, which are personality and showmanship. Amber can hold her own, so it’s just giving her the floor to be the star. The theme is an old school Western and we are bringing in some outside dancers. It’s looking great so far.

We have two other dances Monday night: the samba relay and the judges’ repeat dance. The judges picked the Charleston for us to redo. We did the original one in Week 3 and this one’s already more sharp and precise. One couple will be eliminated on Monday and then the final three will do the 24-Hour Challenge on Tuesday, so I’m not even thinking about that yet until we know our fate.

I think it’s a great final four we have here and to be a part of. I don’t think many people predicted this final four at the beginning of the season, but that’s what’s so great about the show. If you base it solely upon scores, it’s very surprising. But the show has never been just about scores and the best dancer. Fans have a say with their votes and the show honors the votes. People have their favorites, but toward the end, I feel like it becomes even more unpredictable. When their favorites get knocked out, now who are they voting for? Honestly, you really don’t know what’s going to happen in the finale or how people will vote. All I can control is teaching Amber and coming up with great ideas, and hopefully people will respond to it.

You can read the full blog at TV Guide.

Also, don’t miss visiting Pure Derek Hough for more updates which includes seeing some high quality photos of Derek attending the Xbox One Launch at Milk Studios in Los Angeles this past week, new paparazzi photos, screen caps from last week’s dances, video interviews, and more. THIS is a must read interview about Derek’s future plans to give you a teaser from Parade.

What is your secret project for next year?

“One thing I miss immensely in my life right now is live performance. We do live performance on the show, but I mean more like going to a big city and performing for a couple thousand people. That’s what I miss. So we’re working on a tour, basically, for next year. It’s going to be fun. It’s already getting good vibes. We’re going to have a great team we’re working with. It’s going to be a really great show. I’m excited about it.”

Is this tour associated with Dancing With the Stars?

“It’s different. It’s separate from Dancing with the Stars, but it’s going to be a lot of dancing and a lot of music. It’s going to be very interactive. It’s going to be great. It’s going to be fun.”

I hope this comes true. I’d pay good money to see this!!

Pic above courtesy of @DancingABC.