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Derek Hough “Charms” On “Nashville, More 2016 Invictus Coverage

Below are some HQ photos of Derek Hough in action at the 2016 Invictus Games courtesy of Getty Images. Derek also returned to “Nashville” last night as the gorgeous and charming Noah West. Don’t miss seeing photos, screen caps, videos of everything, an interview, and lots more coverage of both events at Pure Derek Hough. #MustSee

May 12, 2016 I Written By

I'm a fashion and music fan....and I have always loved dancing too of any kind. Dancing With The Stars seems to have this way of bringing all of those things together. One of my favorite dancing quotes at the moment: "No matter what, nobody can take away the dance you've already had...." ~Gleb Savchenko . For fun music and dance mixes, visit WilUnleashed Soundcloud. To view my photography site, see Lisa Kay Photography.

Derek Hough, Shawn Johnson and other Celebrities Play Wheelchair Rugby at Invictus Games 2016

This was a blast to watch – great fun and all for a good cause. Derek plays great, but Shawn SLAYS!! Thanks to Al for this video.

May 11, 2016 I Written By

I'm a nerd and proud of it. Two degrees in geology also means I love BEER. :-) I'm also a Derek lover - proud of that too. So don't scream at those of us on this site and call us a bunch of "biased Derek-lovers" - it's just ME. :-) It may sound like I hate DWTS at times, but really, I'm just a snarky nitpicker from way back. And I'm cynical and jaded too. But I do love DWTS. :-)

Dancing with the Stars Season 22, Week 8 – Live Blog!! (Spoilers)

I can’t believe we’re in week 8 already and the season is nearly over!! Shocking how fast this spring is flying by. I guess it’s all the sooner that I get to fly to NYC and see Derek on Broadway. 🙂 Speaking of Derek – Bindi is going to be in the audience tonight and, I suspect, next week as well since her family is having the Steve Irwin Gala Dinner in LA on May 21 – Tom Bergeron is the MC for the event and Derek will be there, as will BC Jean, who is performing. With or without Mark, I guess depending on if he’s in the finale or not.  You can get tickets, if you’re in LA.

40 Minutes to show time. About. 😉

Hm. Opening number started great, had a TON of potential, great song…but it kinda fizzled towards the end and I’m not sure why.

Jaysus, starting with the stupid jeopardy call right at the beginning of the show.

Nyle and Peta are SAFE.

Peta is taking a pretty big risk here with the sound dropping out during their dance. I think it’s a brilliant idea but I’m a tad nervous. If they pull it off, they could well win the show.

Okay, that was freakin’ amazing. Still a little bit of a posture problem. It also seemed like the producers cheated a bit – they just turned off all the studio mics and didn’t stop the audience from clapping. Really though – he attacked it and I dug it.

I confess that the silence did choke me up a bit too.  Aaannnnd…that score is about right.

Oh man, please tell me that Lindsay isn’t using the same staging as Derek did for Amber….

This is stupid.  But YAY Paige and Mark are safe!!

Jodie and Keo are in jeopardy.

Antonio and Sharna also in jeopardy.

Well, that was a pretty good dance from Antonio but it started with Sharna doing all the work. And his arms were really weird.

Jodie and Keo – dude should stop reading this site.

Good Jive content, but were there a lot of breaks in that dance or was it just me?? Also wearing sneakers is a tad of a cheat.

All that gushing makes me think Jodie is leaving.

You mean to tell me that Jodie’s dance was a good as Paige’s last week and deserved a 30?  No freakin’ way.

Mark does resemble Jon Snow a bit…

Not sure how I felt about that V. Waltz – it was pretty and then I got a bit confused by the choreo. I guess they were getting “frozen”?? Paige is an excellent dancer though. And I’m really glad that Mark didn’t go to crazy with the production. Very glad that CAI didn’t call that jump/lift thing they did. Risky.

And again, if Jodie gets a perfect score, Paige should be getting a 40.

Ginger and Val are safe. Wanya and Lindsay in jeopardy. And that should be the end of Ginger next week.

Ginger did a good job with that AT, but it wasn’t terribly exciting. It reminded me of Rumer, with the black costumes. I suspect they’ll give her 10’s to get her into the finale.

Glad we have another dance coming up. Val finally finds his choreo 8 weeks in and they’ll get her into the finale over someone like Paige who’s been amazing all the way through.

If you are fans of Wanya or Paige, you best be voting your fingers off. If Ginger gets a perfect score on the second dance, she’ll go to the finale unless you all kill it.

Fun package – very funny.

DAMN it. Slipped on the rag. Was going so well. Fun choreography, fast – enjoyed it…and then the slip.

Shut up, CAI. His mistakes all happened AFTER that slip. He recovered like a pro.

Why are people like Ginger not getting comments about pushing themselves?? Ginger’s been playing it safe since week 1.

I give up.

Bruno’s dance was fantastic – I love how the women danced together, then the men danced together and then Nyle and Jodie did as well. Jodie didn’t have enough attack and missed a step towards the end.  I sure hope we’re not going to do the ridiculous “everyone gets a 10” BS. I’d give that one straight nines.

If they give Team Len 10’s I cry foul. That dance was just…blah. Not even Wanya could fix it. I kinda feel like we’ve been tricked – if we want Wanya to do well, we have to reward Ginger’s lack of latin hips.

This is seriously ridiculous. If the judges don’t have the balls to actually score each other, then they shouldn’t do this challenge.

Good dance from Team CAI – not quite as good as Team Bruno, I don’t think. It kinda ran out of steam at the end I thought.

Now for the elimination.

Antonio and Sharna are safe.

ELIMINATED: Jodie and Keo

Jodie goes out with a great deal of class.

How did we do?

Heidi: Said Jodie was leaving

Courtney: Said Jodie was leaving

Vogue: Said Jodie was leaving

NEXT WEEK Is double elimination. It’s going to be ugly folks. If you are a fan of either Wanya or Paige, I can’t stress voting enough.

May 9, 2016 I Written By

I'm a nerd and proud of it. Two degrees in geology also means I love BEER. :-) I'm also a Derek lover - proud of that too. So don't scream at those of us on this site and call us a bunch of "biased Derek-lovers" - it's just ME. :-) It may sound like I hate DWTS at times, but really, I'm just a snarky nitpicker from way back. And I'm cynical and jaded too. But I do love DWTS. :-)

Derek and Julianne Hough, Paula Abdul, Vanessa Hudgens and More Team UP – “Dancers Against Cancer”

This is a great cause, with some great people supporting it!  Dancers Against Cancer is:

…a non-profit organization which provides financial support to dance educators, dancers and parents impacted by cancer, the entertainers filmed a PSA with dancers Ruby Kaufman, Chloe Frank and Ahna Rasmussen, and are using their star power to raise awareness leading up to the charity’s Industry Dance Awards in August.

If you would like to support this organization head over to “I’m a Dancer Against Cancer”. You can also read more and see photographs of the dancers at People.com.

May 6, 2016 I Written By

I'm a nerd and proud of it. Two degrees in geology also means I love BEER. :-) I'm also a Derek lover - proud of that too. So don't scream at those of us on this site and call us a bunch of "biased Derek-lovers" - it's just ME. :-) It may sound like I hate DWTS at times, but really, I'm just a snarky nitpicker from way back. And I'm cynical and jaded too. But I do love DWTS. :-)

Derek Hough Set to Star in “Hairspray Live” This December

I think that most of you know that Derek will be playing the lead role on Broadway’s upcoming “Singin’ in the Rain” but we just found out that he’s also landed the role of Corny Collins on NBC’s “Hairspray Live”. It’s very interesting that I noted that his face changed when he was asked about Hairspray months ago – so I have now deemed myself “Official Derek Hough Face Reader”.  The boy either has a very bad poker face, or I just pay too much attention to his face, take your pick. I think, between the two roles and his 70-city tour next year, he is possibly out of DWTS for the foreseeable future. At least as a pro partner to a celebrity. From The Wrap:

“We welcome Marty to the network in May in his new variety show with Maya Rudolph and we think he will be the perfect long-term companion to Harvey’s Edna,” he continued. “And hands-down the best dancer on television and one of the best in the entertainment business, Derek Hough, will be perfect in the role of Corny Collins, the cocky song-and-dance-man who hosts the TV show every teenager in Baltimore wants to be on.”

More information at PureDerekHough.com.

April 27, 2016 I Written By

I'm a nerd and proud of it. Two degrees in geology also means I love BEER. :-) I'm also a Derek lover - proud of that too. So don't scream at those of us on this site and call us a bunch of "biased Derek-lovers" - it's just ME. :-) It may sound like I hate DWTS at times, but really, I'm just a snarky nitpicker from way back. And I'm cynical and jaded too. But I do love DWTS. :-)

PureDWTS Remembers Prince

I was really hoping TMZ got it wrong – but now that some of the major news outlets are picking up the story, I guess I have to confront the fact that one of my idols is gone. One of only two artists in this world whose music has brought me to tears – several years ago, I remember standing at a stadium in Louisville, watching in awe as the “Purple One” himself belted out a heart-rending live version of “Purple Rain”…and I bawled my eyes out.

Prince was infamous for being very protective of his music copyrights, which meant that we were seldom treated to one of his songs being used on DWTS. But the 3 occasions that we were, boy – did it thrill me.  To this day, Nicole’s season 10 cha-cha to “Kiss” is still my favorite cha-cha we’ve ever seen, and probably one of my top 10 favorite dances of all-time on DWTS.  Let us relive it…

Prince had given special permission for Nicole (and only Nicole!) to use that song, and in the same week, he also gave approval for Erin to dance a paso to “You’ve Got the Look”:

And we were treated to a cha-cha to “Trust” from the Batman soundtrack in season 19:

Rest in peace, Prince. Enjoy driving that Little Red Corvette in the sky… 🙁

April 21, 2016 I Written By

Ultrasound sales specialist by day, semi-knowledgeable DWTS fan by night...with a smattering of hair & makeup enthusiast, occasional model, and crazy cat lady peppered in to make things REALLY interesting ;-) I might pee my pants in happiness if Donnie Wahlberg ever does DWTS - or if they ever use "Sunglasses at Night" as a paso doble. Check out some of my other work at pureamericasgottalent.com!

PureDWTS Court Rants: The Argument in Favor of Outside Choreographers

Ever since the “Choreography Emmy-gate” scuttlebutt erupted last summer, there seems to be a new, controversial topic I see thrown around more and more amongst the fans: the pros using/not using outside choreographers. And there have been offshoots of that topic as well – how much credit outside choreographers should be given (if any), the contractual ins-and-outs of using outside choreographers, and whether or not the use of an outside choreographer somehow makes a pro “less talented”.  And honestly – it kinda gets my goat, because fans that know little to nothing about how choreography works suddenly have their noses in the air about some of the pros on the show using them. So I’ve been meaning to do this for awhile now: just a post setting the record straight, and hopefully addressing some of the misguided opinions I’ve heard about the use of outside choreographers on the show. Read more..

April 8, 2016 I Written By

Ultrasound sales specialist by day, semi-knowledgeable DWTS fan by night...with a smattering of hair & makeup enthusiast, occasional model, and crazy cat lady peppered in to make things REALLY interesting ;-) I might pee my pants in happiness if Donnie Wahlberg ever does DWTS - or if they ever use "Sunglasses at Night" as a paso doble. Check out some of my other work at pureamericasgottalent.com!

More Coverage Of DWTS Sharna Burgess, Cheryl Burke, Julianne Hough, Derek Hough At The 2016 iHeart Music Radio Awards

Below is video of the Red Carpet Arrivals at the 2016 iHeart Music Radio Awards which includes Derek and Julianne. You can see Sharna Burgess, Cheryl Burke, Bethany Mota, and James Maslow as well. Lots more coverage with Derek and Julianne including their presentations at Pure Derek Hough.

April 4, 2016 I Written By

I'm a fashion and music fan....and I have always loved dancing too of any kind. Dancing With The Stars seems to have this way of bringing all of those things together. One of my favorite dancing quotes at the moment: "No matter what, nobody can take away the dance you've already had...." ~Gleb Savchenko . For fun music and dance mixes, visit WilUnleashed Soundcloud. To view my photography site, see Lisa Kay Photography.

PureDWTS Sharna Burgess, Cheryl Burke, Julianne Hough, Derek Hough Attend The 2016 iHeart Music Radio Awards

Dancing With The Stars Cheryl Burke, Julianne Hough, and Derek Hough attended the 2016 iHeart Radio Music Awards. Below are some fun photos courtesy of Getty Images. Witney Carson is suppose to make an appearance as well. If and when she does, we’ll be sure to update. For even more with Derek, see Pure Derek Hough. Beautiful!

ETA: It appears Sharna attended the awards show instead of Witney. Beautiful photo below…

April 3, 2016 I Written By

I'm a fashion and music fan....and I have always loved dancing too of any kind. Dancing With The Stars seems to have this way of bringing all of those things together. One of my favorite dancing quotes at the moment: "No matter what, nobody can take away the dance you've already had...." ~Gleb Savchenko . For fun music and dance mixes, visit WilUnleashed Soundcloud. To view my photography site, see Lisa Kay Photography.

Our Deepest Condolences To Derek And Julianne Hough And Their Entire Family!!

Our hearts are heavy this morning. Derek and Julianne Hough and their family have lost a patriarch in the family. Our deepest condolences, love, and prayers go out to the entire Hough family. RIP Mr. Hough!!xxxxx

Beautiful tributes from Julianne and Derek….

Heaven received another angel today. Many years ago this man purchased a little place on a lake that has now become one of the most special places for my family. The memories created there and that will continue to be created all started from this beautiful man taking a leap of faith. It brought our families together, and reminds us what is truly important. Family. His beliefs and constant faith was inspiring. I'll never forget playing basketball with him, teaching me the hook shot. Or finding my baseball in the rain gutter 10 years after I lost it. Taught me how to play ping pong and only a couple of months ago still could beat me. Introducing me to the Everly Brothers. Every one new "Bubble head Bob" in town. He was greatly admired and respected. Not just for what he did for the community but for the person he was. He has built a beautiful legacy that will live on forever and I am beyond grateful and proud to be his grandson. #family #granpahough #legacy

A photo posted by Derek Hough (@derekhough) on

There was never any doubt how much you loved your family grandpa! You exuded love and light!! You taught me how to fish off the dock, you flipped me over your knees, you were there driving the boat when I learned how to ski, you let me beat you-sometimes- at ping pong, but my favorite was when we danced! Your soft wrinkled skin when you kissed and hugged me is the warmest and safest place I know. I know grandma nearly killed you when you took a leap of faith and bought the lake place back in the day even when you probably couldn't afford it, but you created a legacy for generations of your family and forever changed all of our lives! The foundation of our family is you. Your spirit, your love, your compassion, your talent, your kindness, your dance moves, your charm, your stubbornness, and again your love is all so undeniable! I miss you already, but the memories are beyond anything I could've dreamed to have! You are a wonderful man grandpa and I love you to the moon and back! I'll see you again papa! #familiesareforever

A photo posted by Julianne Hough (@juleshough) on

March 12, 2016 I Written By

I'm a fashion and music fan....and I have always loved dancing too of any kind. Dancing With The Stars seems to have this way of bringing all of those things together. One of my favorite dancing quotes at the moment: "No matter what, nobody can take away the dance you've already had...." ~Gleb Savchenko . For fun music and dance mixes, visit WilUnleashed Soundcloud. To view my photography site, see Lisa Kay Photography.