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Name: Derek Hough
DOB: 17 May 1985
Birth Place: Salt Lake City, USA
Claim to fame: Dancer and choreographer
- Derek’s grandparents and parents were all dancers!
- Derek appeared on DanceX on Bruno Tonioli’s panel
- It was Bruno who introduced Dezza to Chezza!
- Derek was an extra in Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone credited as ‘Hogwart’s schoolboy’
- Derek is a singer in the band Dallas Hough Band
Derek Hough is best known over this side of the pond for his dalliances with our very own nation’s sweetheart, Ms Cheryl Cole. But over the other side of the pond, there is much more to Mr Hough. Dezza is best known over their as a twinkle toed dancer and hot choreographer.
Dezza is a world champion (we can’t believe it either!) in Latin Dance and a regular cast member on Dancing with the Stars. During his time as a seasoned professional on the show, he has only ruddy won a whopping three times, once with Nicole Sherzingher! He has also received THREE Emmy nominations for his choreography on the show.
When he was 12, Derek moved to London to train in ballroom dance and when he was 14 he starred as an extra in a Harry Potter film. He kicked off his professional dance career performing in London’s West End in shows like Footlose before moving back to the States to star in DWTS.
Derek also is the lead singer in a rock band called Ballas Hough Band, signed to a proper record label with an album that charted in the Billborad Top 100! (Where, we are not sure…)
Derek met Cheryl Cole after they were introduced by Bruno Tonioli, who is apparently a ‘mutual friend’. Derek choreographed and danced in Chezza’s Parachute video. Since the pair became best buds, there have been constant rumours that they are more than just good mates. However, there is just one tiny snog to support the rumours. But the two have been on plenty of holidays together and it was on holiday in Tazania with Derek where Cheryl picked up her dreaded malaria.
Derek has previously been linked to Shannon Elizabeth, an actress he was paired with on DWTS.