'Dancing With the Stars': Derek Hough on rehearsal footage flare-ups, being 'in jeopardy,' and Len's bizarre lenience towards props

On tonight’s Dancing With the Stars, each couple will perform one solo routine and then participate in a “Rock and Roll Marathon.” Professional dancer and enthusiastic infomercial actor Derek Hough checked in with EW.com between last-minute touch-ups!

The rehearsal footage for you and Jen on Week 5 suggested MAJOR DRAMA. How often are the cameras actually there with you in the studio and how much does their presence heighten the drama?
If we’re in the dance studio, cameras are there. Always. Can you imagine if something happened in a rehearsal session and it wasn’t on camera? A fall, a fight, an injury. For better or for worse, those are some of the things that make our show so audience-engaging. After a few moments, though, you’re so busy concentrating on teaching and learning that you forget about the cameras.

Don’t you think the manufacturers of Easy Steps sold you a little short? Similar products were valued at $300 but your price was only $150. What is the true market value of Derek Hough?
Can someone’s true value really be estimated? Maybe there needs to be an Edmunds.com for people on TV. That would be funny and possibly cruel.

Does anyone on the show take the “in jeopardy” thing seriously at this point? Were you and Jen shaken at all to be “under the red light”?
You forget while it’s happening that it may not be a real bottom two. That red light is like the warming light at a diner. You hope that something good comes out of it, but you never really know.

How important do you think is the order in which couples dance on Mondays? Any idea how the order is determined? Are you relieved whenever you find out you’re dancing near the end of the show?
Every couple is different. I’m not sure how they choose who goes first and last, but I’d prefer if we always went in the middle somewhere.

So many theme nights this fall! Are you tired of shaping dances around themes, or do you think themes are necessary to keep things interesting after so many seasons?
The themes present new challenges. I like that aspect of it — we get to think even more creatively about choreographing and props.

At his gooey, sparkly core, do you suspect that Len has a soft spot for props? (His lenience towards Bristol/Mark would suggest so!)
I can safely say that Len does not have a soft spot towards props. He’s a dancer and he wants to see us dance.

Leave your questions for Baby Derek in the comments!

Read more:
All Derek Hough interviews on EW.com
Reader-submitted ‘DWTS’ ridiculata: Your Hidden Gems of the Week!

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Comments (13 total) Add your comment
  • ChiTownGleek

    I heart rough tough Derek Hough!

  • Katja

    It’s not a question, but I just love the picture accompanying this. I keep imagining that he’s actually giving us the finger from each hand, and the green blobs (which I believe are the Easy Steps?) are actually censors to cover up his jovial little “f— you!” attitude. Now, if the show gives us another solid half hour of filler tonight, I’ll have to send them my own one-fingered salute.

  • Thoroughly Professional Replier

    All I can say is, “Quit Muckin’ About!”

  • kahuna

    No question, just a comment. Derek is the best pro on DWS and I thoroughly enjoy watching him.

  • Susan

    Derek…I am a non dancer but it seems to me that each dance you create has unique elements that always compliments your partner.Where do you get your inspiration from ?

  • Hayley

    I’m slightly disappointed that you didn’t asked him about Cheryl Cole.

  • lucy

    I could do bad things to Derek Hough. He’s SO hot.

  • Paige

    You have such a huge fan base amongst the female sect, Derek, I know there are a ton of girls out there who would LOVE to dance with you. Ever think of making your own exercise/dance video? The camera loves you baby!

  • rhonda

    I love Dereks dancing but Mark Ballis is my favorite on the show. I just wish Mark would get better partners because it causes him not to be able to show how great he really is. I was in disbelief when he and his partner from the cheeta girls were knocked off a few seasons ago but I was thrilled he won the design a dance. Anyway good luck Bristol and Mark along with Derek and Jen!!!

  • Katri

    No Derek this week? Bummer.

  • Sheila Sheppard

    I just want to comment on how great Derek has been at supporting Jennifer. He makes sure she is safe with her many physical problems. I especially noticed how he always supports her neck when she is bending backwards. This is one of the reasons I really think he is great.

  • Lucy

    What I aways wanted to know is how they pick who gets which star… like, does the winner from the previews season get to pick his or her celebrity?
    Because it’s not about size, I mean, Cheryl with Rick? Although Louis usually gets a voluptuous star… I mean, Kelly O when she was still a bit bigger, Niecy Nash and now Margaret Cho that isn’t anorexic…

    Anyways, love Derek!! Hope either Jennifer or Kyle win this season!!!

  • angela

    im gonna say $150 thousand dollar to win your heart bring you back for my christmas to ever also take me then i’ll make you happy.

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