The 29-year-old dancing pro will not participate in the show's 20th anniversary season because he is palying the male lead in 'New York Spring Spectacular' at Radio City Music Hall this spring
'Dancing With The Stars' has lost a very familiar face! Derek Hough, who has appeared on 14 seasons of the ABC show, will not return for its 20th anniversary season that is scheduled to begin this coming spring.
Hough will not participate in the show's 20th season
However, Hough isn't gone forever, his absence in the upcoming season is only because he is playing the male lead in the 'New York Spring Spectacular' at Radio City Music Hall at the same time. The 29-year-old will star alongside Laura Benanti.
Premiering in March, the limited seven-week show will feature Hough portraying a man called Jack, who will be given an eternal reward if he helps another man named Bernie keep his job as a New York City tour guide.
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"I am ecstatic that I'll able to extend my passion for performing to the Great Stage of Radio City Music Hall in New York Spring Spectacular," Hough said in a statement to People. "Performing at Radio City Music Hall in a show that celebrates everything that is beloved about New York City is a dream. I can't wait to show fans this production...it's going to be like nothing they've seen me in before."
The show will also include the Rockettes, Whoopi Goldberg voicing the Statue of Liberty, and Bella Thorne as the voice of the Alice in Wonderland Statue, as well as other celebrity cameos.
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Hough, who has won the series a record five times, will not be the only familiar face missing from the 20th season of 'Dancing With The Stars.' Longtime British judge Len Goodman has also decided to step away from the American version.
"Dancing with the Stars-next year is their 10th year, it's the 20th series of the show. So I think that's a nice place to stop," Goodman said at the time of announcing his departure.