Derek Hough Ditches DWTS for NBC’s ‘World of Dance’

There is no bigger fan of Derek Hough than myself. But when today’s news broke that he’ll be joining Ne-Yo and Jennifer Lopez as judges for a new “dance competition that will feature solo artists competing against duos and crews in all genres of dance,” I couldn’t help but feel crestfallen. First, forgive me for wanting to see Hough actually dance rather than sit behind a judging table. I’d have preferred an X Factor format where each judge gets a team and competes with their own choreography. Hough should be choreographing a Broadway play, not doing this. Second, JLO’s judging days seem slightly overplayed. Unless her contribution on another talent show is significantly different than her previous stints, it feels as if she’s doing more talking than creating. Yes, she’s JLO and she can do both, but isn’t this more of a glorified money play than an actual quest to find dance talent. Lastly, I will ask the same question we ask on Passover. Why is this night/show different than other nights/shows? That remains to be seen.

Britney Spears Debuts “Make Me Video” — Proves She’s Stuck in 2006


When word broke that Britney Spears’ team ditched David LaChapelle’s video for her new single, “Make Me,” in favor of a concept with a beginning, middle, and end, I thought they were likely correct, especially since clips of the LaChapelle video seemed . . . odd. But the new video isn’t any better. Though I’m a huge fan and she certainly looks great, you can’t help but think of Taylor Swfit’s team, and how each and every one of her videos is high-concept, high-fashion, and extremely creative (see “Blank Space” for example). To quote my music industry friend, Spears’ team “still thinks it’s 2006. To put it simply, her team just isn’t creative. If I were giving Larry Rudolph (her manager) advice, I’d tell him to hire Derek Hough, because he has a history working with just about every temperament, and he pushes boundaries. This dated aesthetic and concept just doesn’t fly today. It’s time to take it to the next level. Sure she can ride her previous horse into the sunset for eternity, but she can also do better. And I hope she does.

Tabloid Gossip: Your Week of Links

Ariana Grande wasted everyone’s time with an annoying speech about her independence.  Billboard

K-Fed really loved Britney Spears. Fish Wrapper

Derek Hough and Kate Hudson might be dating again. Wet Paint

Jason Alexander finally explained Susan’s Seinfeld death. NYDN

Amy Schumer is a dick magnet. Jezebel

Nicki Hilton is getting hitched. US MAG

Iggy Azalea is engaged. Yahoo!

George Clooney wants babies. Reuters

Emma Stone and Andrew Garfield are back together. Contact Music

Amber Rose is a bad bitch. Digital Spy

LA Reid hated X Factor. Music Week

ZARA might be racist and anti-Semitic. The Frisky

News Update: Your Weekly Brief

Leonardo DiCaprio and Toni Garn are kaput. Just Jared

Lenny Kravitz really likes his ladies. Jezebel

Freida Pinto and Dev Patel are dunzo. Wet Paint

Billy Corgan recounted his torrid romance with Courtney Love. HUFFPO

Taylor Swift is secretly dating Matt Healy. Us Mag

Is Kourtney Kardashian single? Radar Online

Derek Hough is Kate Hudson’s new muse. E! Online

Miley Cyrus and Patrick [son of Arnold] are heating up. Rumor Fix

Ariana Grande might be a brat. Dlisted

Chris Brown apologized for insulting his ex on social media. NYDN

Cheryl Burke is leaving Dancing With the Stars. The Stir

Someone needs to stick a pin in the bloated Russell Brand. Contact Music

Hayden Panettiere and Wladimir Klitschko had a baby. Us Mag

Ryan Seacrest is single. Daily Mail

Keira Knightley is pregnant. Page Six

Surfer Lauren Scruggs tied the knot. E! News

Dianna Agron and her hot beau broke up. Hello Mag

Josh Charles is a first-time father. USA Today

AnnaLynne McCord and her Prison Break boyfriend broke up. Just Jared

Amy Purdy & Derek Hough’s Awe-Inspiring Tango — TAKE A LOOK

If there was ever any doubt about Derek Hough’s domination of Dancing With the Stars, watch his powerful performance of the Argentine Tango. Hough’s captivating choreography was shockingly created during Purdy’s back injury, forcing Purdy to watch as Hough executed the moves with another partner during practice. She therefore had an extremely short period of time to prepare for Monday’s show. If you watch the video below carefully, you’ll notice that Hough designed each move around Purdy’s injury to put less pressure on her back as they performed. He’s an artist.


Amy Purdy & Derek – Argentine Tango – DWTS 18… by IdolxMuzic

Tabloid Gossip — Your Weekly Links

Kim Kardashian and Kanye West might be married. People

Kerry Washington gave birth. Reality TV World

Ben Affleck is having gambling problems. NYDN

Quentin Tarantino sued Gawker again. MSN

Tony Parker had a baby. Wet Paint

Marc Anthony’s ex-wife wants A LOT more money. TMZ

Kevin Connolley and Lydia Hearst split. Just Jared

Naya Rivera’s issues continue. RumorFix

Derek Hough is dating Nikki Reed. Daily Mail

Charlie Sheen is free to marry his fiance. Us Magazine

Dolce and Gabanna are going to do jail time. Forbes

James Franco thinks Lindsay Lohan stalked him. Digital Spy

Jennifer Esposito is engaged. LA Times

Selena Gomez got it on with Orlando Bloom? ICYDK

David Arquette had a baby. Radar Online

Sarah Silverman’s romance just scored her a huge get. Ausiello

Amy Purdy Reveals Relationship Issues in Rumba — WATCH NOW

It doesn’t take a relationship guru to know that if your romance is strained, it’s probably not a good idea to publicly expose its flaws. When Amy Purdy and Derek Hough danced the Rumba on last night’s show, Purdy revealed that it’s difficult to do a “dance of love” when her own long-term relationship is failing. Apparently she can’t meet her partner’s needs and her busy schedule bothers her boyfriend. In fact, these issues have actually been brewing for 1.5 years, which is especially shocking considering her non-marital status. After all, shouldn’t you wait until marriage to be miserable? Watch the video package below, and take special note of how NOT to behave in your relationship, on facebook, and any other public forum. That poor guy.

Dancing With the Stars — Macy’s Stars of Dance Performance

Dancing With the Stars has upped the ante this year, with professional performances from their seasoned elite, along with modern music choices and more talented stars. While the jury is still out on the bid to regain their ratings, they’ve certainly given it their A-Game. Watch my personal favorite, Derek Hough, perform with a group of very talented dancers for a featured routine.


[HD] Macys Stars Of Dance – DWTS 18 (Party… by IdolxMuzic

Tony Dovolani and Nene Leakes Fight Over the Foxtrot — WATCH NOW

Last night’s Dancing With the Stars gave viewers a behind-the-scenes peak at all the backstage drama surrounding the show. For starters, Nene Leakes danced with Derek Hough last week, much to the dismay of Tony Dovolani, who didn’t want to hear the inside scoop about Derek’s superior choreography. If you know the show, then you know Derek Hough is the true star, with choreography and moves that far exceed his fellow dancers. And while Tony is certainly talented, it’s just not a fair fight. Watch the drama below.

Derek Hough and Amy Purdy Dance Contemporary — WATCH NOW

There’s a reason the Dancing With the Stars producers chose Derek Hough to dance with Amy Purdy, and it’s because he’s the best. Derek designed a routine perfectly suited for Purdy, with an increased level of difficulty that only Derek could balance. Watch the delicate dance below.