Derek Hough is trading in his Dancing With the Stars dancing shoes for a seat at a new judges’ table.
The longtime DWTS pro dancer has signed on to be a judge on NBC’s upcoming reality competition World of Dance, our sister site Variety is reporting. Hough will join Jennifer Lopez (who’s also an executive producer) and R&B superstar Ne-Yo on the judging panel of Dance, which pits solo dancers against duos and dance crews in a competition for a $1 million grand prize.
Hough is one of the most recognizable faces on DWTS, having served as a pro dancer since Season 5. Along with his celebrity partners, he’s won a record six Mirrorball trophies, most recently alongside Bindi Irwin last November. He’s also won two Emmys for his choreography work on the show.
No premiere date has been set for World of Dance yet, so there’s no way to know if Hough’s judging duties will prevent him from performing on DWTS. He does already have a connection to NBC, though: Hough will play dance-show TV host Corny Collins in the network’s musical Hairspray Live!, airing Dec. 7.
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