Derek Hough Skipping Upcoming DWTS Season: Will You Miss the Judges' Pet?

In a move that will reduce the show’s exposed-torso quotient by at least 25 percent, Derek Hough announced today that he’ll sit out the upcoming twelfth season of Dancing With the Stars as he pursues other projects, including the feature film Cobu 3D. “We wish Derek the best as he takes time off from Dancing with the Stars to pursue his film career and look forward to having him return to the show in the fall,” DWTS executive producer Conrad Green tells TVLine.com.

Now, the question arises: Which DWTS pro is likeliest to inherit the lion’s share of gratuitous praise from the judges’ panel?

Okay, okay…I recognize Derek is the most talented choreographer in the DWTS stable. His dazzling moves — remember the futuristic paso doble?! — made me a hardcore fan of “model” Joanna Krupa, a woman whom I’d otherwise have been as likely to vote for as my local Walgreens cashier. But still, even Derek’s biggest fans have to admit that occasionally, it feels like Carrie Ann, Len, and Bruno might as well stamp their ’10’ paddles with the message “property of D. Hough.”

But I digress. The more important question at hand is this: Will you miss Derek’s presence in season 12? Or will you be glad to have him out of the way for a season, the better to balance the playing field for the remaining pros and their celeb partners? Sound off in the comments. And for all my reality TV coverage, follow me on Twitter @MichaelSlezakTV!