FOLLOWING years as a professional partner on Dancing With the Stars, Derek Hough stepped up to judge for the first time in 2020, and he’s reprising his role in the newest season of the ABC show.
Here’s a breakdown of Derek Hough’s illustrious dance career–and what he’s earned from it.
What is Derek Hough’s net worth?
Prior to his appearances on DWTS, Derek worked as a competitive dancer and choreographer for years, and has also toured with his sister, dancer Julianne Hough.
According to the website Celebrity Net Worth, Derek Hough’s net worth is $8million.
Derek likely received a salary boost when he became a judge.
According to StyleCaster, professional dancers on DWTS can earn up to $100,000 per season, and their salary is per-episode, so there’s an incentive not to be eliminated.
Judges can make up to $1.2million for a season on the show.
These numbers are estimates and cannot be confirmed.
How long has Derek Hough been on Dancing With the Stars?
Derek Hough first appeared as a special guest in DWTS season four, and went on to join the cast of professional instructors in the next season.
Derek has appeared on the show consistently since 2007.
Along with his celebrity partners, Derek has won DWTS six times.
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On the show, he’s danced with:
- Jennie Garth
- Shannon Elizabeth
- Brooke Burke
- Lil’ Kim
- Joanna Krupa
- Nicole Scherzinger
- Jennifer Grey
- Ricki Lake
- Maria Menounos
- Shawn Johnson
- Kellie Pickler
- Amber Riley
- Amy Purdy
- Bethany Mota
- Nastia Liukin
- Bindi Irwin
- Marilu Henner
In 2020, Covid-19 protocols prevented judge Len Goodman from traveling to the US to judge.
Instead, Derek became a judge for season 29, and will stay on for season 30.
Who are this season’s judges on Dancing With the Stars?
Carrie Ann Inaba, Len Goodman, Derek Hough, and Bruno Tonioli are the 2021 Dancing With the Stars judges.
Derek, 36, is from Salt Lake City, Utah, and is a professional choreographer, Latin and ballroom dancer, actor, and singer.
He has been dating professional dancer Hayley Erbert since 2015.
Carrie Ann, 53, is from Honolulu Hawaii, and originally started her career as a singer in Japan.
She went on to perform at concerts for stars like David Bowie, Madonna and Prince.
The dancer has appeared as a judge on every season of Dancing with the Stars since it launched in 2005.
Carrie Ann has been engaged twice, to Jesse Sloan and Robb Derringer, and once dated Russian dancer Artem Chigvintsev, who won season 29.
Len, 77, is from England.
He started dancing at the age of 19 and went on to compete professionally.
Len has served as the head judge of Dancing with the Stars since it began in 2005.
He only missed the last season, due to Covid-19 travel restrictions–and that’s when Derek stepped up to fill his slot.
He is married to Sue Barrett, and shares a son named James William Goodman with ex-girlfriend Lesley.
He was previously married to Cherry Kingston.
Finally, Bruno, 65, was born in Italy, and has lived in London since 1975.
Bruno choreographed stage shows, music videos, and tours for several well known artists, including the Rolling Stones, Elton John, Freddie Mercury, and Tina Turner.
Bruno is gay and has not been married.
This season, the show is hosted by Tyra Banks.